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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division I men’s hockey selection committee announced live on ESPN2 on Sunday morning that the No. 11-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team will face fifth-ranked North Dakota (24-14-4) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the Northeast Regional Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m. (live on ESPN2) at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. UNH will serve as the regional host for the third time in program history.
UNH and North Dakota will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the first time on Saturday. UNH owns a 12-22 all-time record in the NCAA playoffs, which includes a 10-14 all-time record under head coach Dick Umile. The Wildcats have qualified for the tournament in the last eight seasons, the second longest active streak behind only Michigan (19). This will mark the ‘Cats 19th appearance in the tournament and the 15th trip under Umile’s 19-year guidance. UNH’s senior class becomes the sixth class in school history to earn a berth in the NCAA’s in all four seasons of competition. UNH has appeared in seven Frozen Fours to go along with two national championship appearances.
The No. 3-seeded Wildcats are coming off of a Hockey East quarterfinal loss to Boston College on March 6-7 at Whittemore Center. UNH owns a 19-12-5 record on the year with a 15-8-4 record in league play, good enough for third place and qualified for the tournament as an at-large team.
UND, like UNH, earned one of 10 at-large bids and is coming off an impressive regular season in which it won the WCHA regular season title before losing back-to-back games at the WCHA tournament to eventual champion Minnesota-Duluth in the semifinals and Wisconsin in the third-place game on Saturday night.
UNH is 3-10-2 lifetime against the Fighting Sioux, but split a two game series in North Dakota in 2007-08 with a 7-4 win on the second night in Grand Folks. Overall, the Wildcats are 2-2-2 in their last six against North Dakota.
In the other first-round game in Manchester, No. 1 national seed and Hockey East champion Boston University (31-6-4) will play fourth-seeded Ohio State (23-14-4) in the 5:30 p.m. game Saturday (live on ESPN2). The winners of both semifinals will play in the regional final on Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. (live on ESPNU).
Tickets for the Northeast regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire (hosted by the University of New Hampshire) are still available. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Verizon Wireless Arena box office, by calling 603/868-7300 or by logging onto the internet at www.unhwildcats.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for the three-game package are $82.