A briefing on West Regional

  • Updated: March 29, 2014 - 2:46 PM

The NCAA West Regional at Xcel Energy Center has been touted as the most competitive of the four regionals. Here’s how the four-team field stacks up:

Gophers, 25-6-6, Big Ten

There’s no more room for mistakes; the Gophers are aware of that. Associate head coach Mike Guentzel said there was anxiety, frustration disappointment, urgency and pressure throughout the week of practice. Their No. 1 overall seed, single-digit loss total, and their fans demand a successful NCAA tournament run. But the Gophers are young, with six freshman forwards and two defensemen. Their tournament success will — and should — rely on the upperclassmen: five seniors and six juniors. Coach Don Lucia said the upperclassmen’s ability to step up will go a long way in determining the Gophers’ success.

 

Robert Morris, 19-17-5, Atlantic Hockey

It’s the Colonials’ first NCAA tournament berth and they have the tools to make it successful. Robert Morris is averaging 3.46 goals per game, the sixth-highest average in the country, and has two of the country’s top 12 scorers. Cody Wydo is college hockey’s second-best goal scorer with 30 in 41 games. He also has 22 assists for 63 points, tied for fifth in the nation. Zac Lynch has 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points. If they can at least have an average night, that could be enough for an upset. Colonials freshman goaltender Dalton Izyk took over the job just three weeks ago. He had started only two games before winning five in a row to lead the Colonials to the Atlantic Hockey tournament title and an automatic NCAA tournament bid. Robert Morris is 0-4 against Big Ten programs this season, losing a pair to Ohio State and Penn State.

St. Cloud State, 21-10-5, NCHC

The Huskies are well-rested for another run at the Frozen Four. They were off last weekend after being upset in the first round of the NCHC playoffs. The extra preparation could be what the NCHC regular-season champions needed to regroup. They were considered a potential top seed for a regional until they were swept for the first time this season, losing two consecutive to Miami (Ohio). Coach Bob Motzko called it a hiccup and he’s confident his team can find its consistency once again. St. Cloud State is led by many of the same standouts who fueled last year’s run to the Frozen Four, including Hobey Baker Award finalist Nic Dowd. He’s among the nation’s best scorers with 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) and has 10 power-play goals. The Huskies average 3.67 goals per game and have a 25.5 percent success rate on the power play, both among the top three in the country.

Notre Dame, 23-14-2, Hockey East

The Irish have size and experience, two characteristics often invaluable at this time of the season. Notre Dame is led by 11 seniors and six juniors who have plenty of postseason experience. They are making back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and in 2011 the current seniors advanced to the Frozen Four. Goaltender Steven Summerhays has a .925 save percentage and 2.00 goals-against average this season. The Irish are 3-0 and scored 13 goals in their last three meetings with No. 3 Boston College. As in last year’s first round, the Irish will face St. Cloud State. They lost 5-1. Notre Dame historically struggles against Minnesota programs in the NCAA tournament. They lost to Minnesota Duluth in the 2011 Frozen Four, to Bemidji State in the 2009 regionals, and to the Gophers in the 2004 regionals. The Irish will need to beat two Minnesota programs this weekend for a spot in the Frozen Four.

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(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 27 FINAL
Houston 7
Colorado State 31 FINAL
Colorado 17
UNLV 13 FINAL
Arizona 58
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UCF
Troy 11:00 AM
UAB
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Virginia
Western Mich 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 3 FINAL
Sporting Kansas City 1
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 71 FINAL
Phoenix 85

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