GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota, which will host the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey West Regional next weekend in Fargo, has earned the region’s No. 3 seed and will host Boston University in one of two regional semifinals on Friday, March 24 at Scheels Arena. UND’s game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Central and can be seen live on ESPN2.
Top-seeded Minnesota Duluth will meet Ohio State in the other West Region semifinal at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The regional championship game takes place on Saturday, March 25, at 5 p.m. on ESPNU.
North Dakota is the defending national champion and will be making its 15th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the second-longest streak in NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey history. Only Michigan, which went to 22 consecutive tournaments from 1991 to 2012, had a longer streak in the history of the sport. It will be UND’s 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance overall.
UND is 21-15-3 this season and advanced to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship game, where it lost 4-3 to Minnesota Duluth on Saturday in Minneapolis. Boston University is 23-11-3 and lost to Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals on Friday.
UND last faced the Terriers in the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four semifinals in Boston, a 5-3 BU victory. UND leads the all-time series 12-10-2 (.542) and the two teams have split their six previous NCAA Tournament meetings.
At this time, available tickets to the NCAA West Regional are sold out. Should tickets currently being held for various groups per NCAA bid specifications become available, those tickets will go on sale to the general public in person only at the Scheels Arena Box office on Thursday, March 23 at 9 a.m.
UND Athletics will make an official announcement the afternoon of Wednesday, March 25 on UNDsports.com and official social media outlets if tickets become available.
The North Dakota Champions Club is hosting an official UND pregame party at Fargo Billiards and Gastro Pub. The pregame party starts three hours prior to any game in which UND is participating. A shuttle service will run between Fargo Billiards and Gastro Pub and Scheels Arena. There will be shuttles to and from Scheels Arena and other establishments that will be announced later in the week on social media accounts.
A fan fest will be held on the adjoining ice sheet at Scheels Arena, which will feature local food vendors, alcohol sales for those of age and other regional games on projection screens. Tickets to the fan fest are $20 and can be purchased in person at Scheels Arena during normal box office hours. In order to purchase a fan fest ticket, a ticket into the tournament must be purchased.
The fan fest will open 90 minutes before the first game of each day and will stay open 60 minutes after the conclusion of the final game of each day. The fan fest will also be open between semi-final games on Friday.