Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last nine years. He learned ice hockey, however, long before — during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (his hometown). He got a close up look of legendary Gophers alum Herb Brooks and other Minnesota hockey greats. Jason has been with the Star Tribune since 2012.

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Gophers hockey No. 1 overall seed in NCAA tournament field

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: March 23, 2014 - 11:55 AM

The Gophers are the No. 1 overall seed in the 16-team NCAA Tournament field. They will host Robert Morris, St. Cloud State and Notre Dame next weekend in the West Regional at Xcel Energy Center.

The regional kicks off on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with the No. 1 Gophers against No. 16 Robert Morris. St. Cloud State and Notre Dame are scheduled for 8 p.m.

“We’re excited to be hosting the West Regional with a great field of teams coming to St. Paul,” Gophers coach Don Lucia said in a release. “Robert Morris has certainly earned the right to play in this tournament as have St. Cloud State and Notre Dame, and we are looking forward to a great weekend of hockey.” 

Boston College (Northeast), Union (East) and Wisconsin (Midwest) are the two, three and four overall seeds and selected as top seeds for their respective regionals.

Minnesota State will compete in the Northeast Regional and meets Massachusetts-Lowell on Saturday night in Worcester, Mass.  

Wisconsin and North Dakota will meet in the first round of the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati. 

“This is a great time of year, and we’re thrilled to be back in the national tournament,” Gophers co-captain Nate Condon said. “We’re looking forward to a great matchup with Robert Morris and hopefully we’ll have the chance to play for a trip to the Frozen Four on Sunday. “ 

NCAA Tournament bracket

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Atlanta 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Miami 5 FINAL
St. Louis 3
Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 4 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Nathan 6
Minnesota 4 FINAL
Boston 5
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Cincinnati 13 FINAL
Cleveland 2
Los Angeles 9 FINAL
Chicago WSox 6
Kansas City 3 FINAL
Seattle 0
Seattle 1 FINAL
Milwaukee 15
San Diego 3 FINAL
Arizona 3
NY Mets 3 Top 8th Inning
Washington 3
LA Angels 4 Top 3rd Inning
Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 8:05 PM
Texas
Oakland 9:05 PM
San Francisco
Indiana 7:00 PM
Milwaukee
Pittsburgh 1 2nd Prd
Carolina 2
New Jersey 0 2nd Prd
Washington 1
Los Angeles 0 2nd Prd
NY Islanders 0
Arizona 1 2nd Prd
Buffalo 1
Anaheim 0 2nd Prd
Boston 0
Nashville 2 1st Prd 10:54
Tampa Bay 0
San Jose 1 1st Prd 11:16
Detroit 0
NY Rangers 0 1st Prd 10:48
Ottawa 0
Florida 0 1st Prd 10:47
Toronto 0
Montreal 7:00 PM
Winnipeg
Colorado 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Wichita State 25 1st Half 2:30
Notre Dame 31
North Carolina 4 1st Half 15:57
Wisconsin 6
Evansville 7:30 PM
Louisiana
West Virginia 8:45 PM
Kentucky
Xavier 9:17 PM
Arizona
St Johns 26 2nd Half
Villanova 28
NC State 35 2nd Half
Temple 28
Missouri 33 2nd Half
Michigan 28
Oral Roberts 35 2nd Half
Louisiana 23
Duquesne 21 2nd Half
West Virginia 35
Ole Miss 7:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
Northern Colorado 9:00 PM
UCLA
St Marys-CA 9:00 PM
Sacramento St
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