Sandelin not Concerned with Bulldogs’ NCAA Seed
4-Seed UMD Faces 1-Seed and Defending Champion Providence Friday
Scott Sandelin and his UMD Hockey Bulldogs have made it to Massachusetts ahead of the first round of the NCAA Tournament’s Northeast Regional in Worcester.
Of the four teams in the Northeast Region, all but Harvard have won National Championships since 2011.
The Bulldogs’ championship that season started a run that’s seen four different first time winners in the last five years, including UMD’s first round opponent Providence, who won the National Title as a four seed a year ago.
And, since UMD won it all, only Boston College in 2012 and Union in 2014 won a Championship as a top regional seed. That’s why Sandelin is confident headed in to the match-up with the Friars.
“I don’t think it really matters what seed you are,” said Sandelin. “The difference is if you’re a one or a two, you get the last change and that can play a big factor as far as match-ups and different things like that. When you play the game, I don’t think it really matters.”
Puck drop Friday is set for 3:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast via the internet on ESPN3. UMD is sponsoring a watch party at Tavern on the Hill.