UMD Ready for Third Phase of Season
Bulldogs Headed to 4th NCAA Tournament in 6 Years
Kind of irionic Michigan was the team to put UMD in to the Division I NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament. After all, the Bulldogs beat Michigan for the 2011 title. The only way the schools would meet this year would be in the championship game.
But first, UMD needs to worry about a tough Northeast Regional, starting with Friday’s game against top seed Providence.
At 14th in the Pairwise, the Bulldogs were the last at–large team to get a spot in the tournament. But Scott Sandelin has never lost in the first round. According to Sandelin, the NCAA Tournament provides a fresh start.
“I look at three seasons in college hockey,” said Sandelin. “You’ve got your regular season, your playoffs and the NCAA Tournament. We’re in the third season, it’s all new for everybody and it’s all one game shots.”
Getting to the tournament seemed like a long shot a couple months ago.
“We kinda had to settle down,” said senior forward Austin Farley. “[We had to] buy in to what our coaches wanted to do and I think we played really well at the end of the year here.”
Regardless how they got there, the Bulldogs are happy to be dancing.
“Things worked out to give us a second chance here to keep going and that’s all we can ask for at this point. We’re going to go back, have another good week here, and be ready to go.”
Friday’s Regional Semifinal against Providence is set for a 3:30 p.m CT puck drop.