Sunday, March 24, 2013
Minnesota State will go to Toledo, Ohio, later this week and will play Miami in the Midwest Regional at the Huntington Center there. Games are Saturday and Sunday.
The Mavericks are the third seed, and Miami is second.
"We're excited to keep playing, to be one of 16 teams still playing," Mavericks forward and leading scorer Matt Leitner said. "We have the chance to do something really special."
Notre Dame (1) and St. Cloud State (4) are the other teams in the region.
Miami is 24-11-5, ranked third in the polls and fifth in the Pairwise. The Redhawks won the CCHA regular-season title and lost to Michigan on Saturday in that conference's tournament semifinals. They have a Hobey Baker finalist in sophomore forward Austin Czarnik, who was also the CCHA's player of the year.
"They're a good hockey team," MSU coach Mike Hastings said. "I know that when you get to this time, whatever card you draw is going to be tough."
Six WCHA teams made the tournament, and they were put in three of the four regionals, with Minnesota and North Dakota going to the West (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Denver and Wisconsin going to the Northeast (Manchester, N.H.).
To see the entire tournament draw go here.
Minnesota State and Miami have met just twice, with the Mavericks going 0-1-1. Their last meeting was a 3-3 tie on Dec. 30, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State tournament). They also played in the 1996-97 season, MSU's first D1 year.
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