After winning the inaugural Big Ten hockey tournament in thrilling overtime fashion over Ohio State Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers hockey team received a No.1 seed in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Hockey Tournament.
The Badgers will play in Cincinnati against former WCHA rival and fourth-seeded North Dakota.
Wisconsin (24-10-2) earned an automatic bid after winning the Big Ten tournament, while UND (23-13-3) had to wait to hear their fate after finishing the regular season second in the NCHC and third in the conference tournament.
Ironically, it was the Badgers who helped UND secure a spot in the tournament after knocking off Ohio State. As grateful as UND may be towards Wisconsin, there is no love-loss between the two.
This game will mark the 164th meeting between the two teams, with the Badgers holding the advantage all-time over North Dakota 86-65-12.
UND and Wisconsin will drop the puck at 7:00 p.m. CT Friday, March 28th with the game being televised on ESPNU. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Ferris State-Colgate on Saturday, March 29th.
The four teams that win their respected regional will face off in the Frozen Four on April 10 and 12 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Wisconsin Badgers hockey team has won six national championships in 24 tournament appearances, advancing to the prestigious Frozen Four 12 times.
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