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Hockey East claims it's "State of Hockey," but Minnesota can make a strong rebuttal.
UMass gave the Huskies no room to operate on the ice, dominating a 5-0 victory
He had the overtime goal in a semifinal win over UMD.
Brett Larson and the Huskies navigated a season filled with challenges brought on by COVID-19.
St. Cloud State and Massachusetts meet for the Division I men's championship. The Huskies lineup hasn't changed from the semifinals, while the Minutemen return two key players to their lineup.
LaFontaine, who went 22-7 this season, has announced that he will return to the Gophers next season.
The nation's leading goal scorer, Caufield has signed with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Bulldogs delivered big moment after big moment in the postseason before getting clipped by Massachusetts on Thursday.
St. Cloud State and Massachusetts are the last teams standings, and Randy Johnson provides updates leading into Saturday's NCAA championship game.
The Bulldogs gave up a one-goal lead in the third period, and lost late in the first overtime when former Gophers player Garrett Wait scored for UMass.
Nolan Walker redirected a shot from the point with 54 seconds remaining, sending St. Cloud State to its first NCAA title game.
Minnesota State Mankato won its first two NCAA Division I tournament games this season and a fourth WCHA regular-season title in a row.
St. Cloud State and Minnesota State Mankato start things off with the first semifinal at 4 p.m. (Central). In the 8 p.m. semifinal, Minnesota Duluth faces Massachusetts and will be without goalie Ryan Fanti.
The semifinals start this afternoon with St. Cloud State vs. Minnesota State at 4 p.m., followed by UMD playing UMass.
When Minnesota State Mankato meets St. Cloud State, and Minnesota Duluth takes on Massachusetts in the Frozen Four semifinals, there will be no shortage of star power.
The Huskies are playing in their second Frozen Four, making their debut in 2013 with a 4-1 semifinal loss to Quinnipiac. The Mavericks are playing in their first Frozen Four.
Coach Greg Carvel isn't about to concede anything to Minnesota Duluth in a rematch of the 2019 national championship game.
The Bulldogs are playing in their fourth consecutive Frozen Four and have won the past two, 2-1 over Notre Dame in 2018 and 3-0 over Massachusetts in 2019.
All four teams are practicing Wednesday for the first time since arriving in Pennsylvania on Monday, and virtual news conferences are following the drills. Randy Johnson will be updating throughout the afternoon.
St. Cloud State, Minnesota State and UMD all qualified for this week's Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. It's a sense of shared accomplishment among the teams and their communities.
Carson Gicewicz and Filip Lindberg are among four Minutemen players who are out of Thursday's semifinal because of COVID-19 contact tracing protocols.
Sophomore Jared Moe, who played high school hockey for Holy Family, announced that he's transferring to Wisconsin.
Mike Hastings won the Spencer Penrose Award after leading the Mavericks to their first NCAA Frozen Four berth.
But UMass hopes to spoil the Minnesota party.
Jack LaFontaine's decision solidified Minnesota's goaltending situation, as backup Jared Moe has entered the transfer portal.
Mike Hastings, Scott Sandelin and Brett Larson are good friends chasing the same goal – the national title. Along the way, they haven't been hesitant to share knowledge.
The goalie joins North Dakota forward Shane Pinto and Wisconsin forward Cole Caufield as finalists for the award that honors the top player in men's college hockey.
The team includes 14 members of the gold medal-winning 2018 Olympic team.
Three state teams will make Minnesota the dominant presence at the Frozen Four. But Bob Motzko's Gophers went from No. 1 region seed to a spot on the sidelines.
Here's a look at the impact of each of the five teams from Minnesota in the NCAA men's hockey tournament, which will feature three state teams in the Frozen Four.
The Mavericks played the Gophers' kind of game — grabbing an early lead and controlling the puck — to earn the program's first trip to the Frozen Four.
Shutout of Gophers comes a day after Mavericks finally get first NCAA victory.
The Bulldogs advanced to their fourth consecutive Frozen Four when a little-used freshman scored in the longest game in NCAA tournament history.
Bob Motzko's Gophers and Mike Hastings' Minnesota State Mankato team meet in the NCAA West Regional final on Sunday night in Loveland, Colo.
The Gophers face MSU Mankato for a Frozen Four berth on Sunday.
The Mavericks earned their first NCAA tournament victory in dramatic fashion.
One of these two Minnesota schools will be in the Frozen Four.
It begins Saturday with St. Cloud State playing at noon and ends with the Gophers starting at 9 p.m. In between, Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth are playing for Frozen Four berths.
When Bob Motzko was introduced as Gophers men's hockey coach three years ago, he didn't shy away from the expectations that go hand-in-hand with the job.
The Gophers, the lone remaining Big Ten team in the field, face a battle-tested Mavericks team.
The Wolverines, like Notre Dame and St. Lawrence, bowed out of the tournament because of COVID-19 issues.
The Mavericks have won more games than any other Division I men's program over the past four years, but they are still looking for an NCAA tournament victory.
The games start Saturday in Colorado, and we'll provide the latest from the West and other NCAA tournament developments.
Players from the state comprise about 26% of the 16 tournament teams, and their presence will be felt in all four regions. Play begins today.
Riese, a senior captain for Minnesota State Mankato, and Will, a sophomore for Bemidji State, are in the hockey tournament together for the first time, a thrill for their father, Doug, a former Gophers standout.
The Fighting Irish were in the tournament as a replacement for another school, St. Lawrence, that also had to bow out because of a coronavirus outbreak.
Nick Bjugstad and Ryan Suter chipped in during Monday's victory. which was needed because the Wild's top line has been shut down recently.
Today's 4:30 p.m. game is still on, but Anaheim canceled Tuesday's planned practice. Teams undergo COVID-19 testing on the morning of a game
In the West Regional in Loveland, Colo. on Saturday, Minnesota will play Nebraska Omaha at 9 p.m. and MSU Mankato will now play at 4 p.m.
It's the first time all five Minnesota men's hockey programs have qualified for the tournament. The Gophers play Omaha in the first round of the 16-team tournament.
The Wild went through a brisk practice in preparation for the start of a three-game homestand.
This year, projecting the field becomes a lot more of an inexact science because the selection committee's subjective opinions on teams will decide the 10 at-large teams. Here's a stab at what might happen.
Grace Bowlby, a defender for Wisconsin, earned first-team honors.
The Bulldogs lost 3-2 late in overtime to top-ranked Northeastern in a thrilling national semifinal, a sign that the program is back among the elite.
Top-seeded Northeastern overcame a 2-0 deficit and defeated the Bulldogs 3-2 in overtime.
The senior who went to Breck School is up for the Patty Kazmaier Award along with players from Wisconsin and Northeastern.
Defenseman Carson Soucy received a five-minute major for a high hit on Arizona's Conor Garland on Tuesday night.
Goalie Jack LaFontaine of the Gophers and forward Matt Boldy of Boston College, the Wild's top 2019 draft pick, are among four finalists who have Minnesota ties.
The Apple Valley junior is seen as the clear favorite at heavyweight, with the NCAA championships opening Thursday.
Standout performances by Blake McLaughlin and Jack LaFontaine helped Minnesota beat Wisconsin 6-4. A look at what happened and what's ahead for the Gophers.
The Gophers led held 5-1 after two periods and then held off a Wisconsin rally, holding off a Wisconsin comeback and winning 6-4. The NCAA men's hockey tournament field will be announced Sunday.
Joining LaFontaine on the All-Big Ten first team were teammates Sampo Ranta and Jackson LaCombe. Minnesota plays Wisconsin tonight for the Big Ten tournament title.
For the second game in a row, the Gophers were held scoreless until the third period before rallying to win. They play Wisconsin tonight for the title.
Minnesota averted a huge upset against 7-18-2 Michigan State and moved into tonight's semifinal against Michigan.
Conference tournaments are in full swing this week, and Sunday night the 16-team field for the national tournament will be announced.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs, who finished the regular season with a surge, face No. 4 seed Colgate on Monday night in a quarterfinal in Erie, Pa. We have the link to the live video.
Playing in his 25th NHL game, Kirill Kaprizov added to a growing list of jaw-dropping moments by breaking open Friday's scoreless game with a third-period hat trick.
Entering the postseason, the Gophers are 9-1 away from home.
The junior set a conference record with a 1.07 goals-against average in league play.
Fighting Hawks forward Shane Pinto led UND's NCHC haul, while the Mavericks picked up four WCHA honors.
Goalie Jack LaFontaine and defenseman Brock Faber each are up for two awards, and Bob Motzko has a chance to repeat as Coach of the Year.
In this shortened and compressed season, teams are for the most part playing series instead of single games, including four Wild-Vegas battles in 10 days.
Before the puck dropped Saturday afternoon, the Gophers already knew they were destined for second place behind Wisconsin.
The third-ranked Gophers no longer can claim the Big Ten title on their own. By falling to the No. 7 Wolverines, Minnesota ceded control of the Big Ten race to Wisconsin.
The men's conference tournaments will help determine whose bubbles will burst, while the teams at the top are solidifying their positions.