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Seventh-ranked UND faces No. 14 Niagara in the NCAA West Region semifinal.
North Dakota ranked seventh in both national polls
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Updated: Thursday 03/25/2013 16:28:17 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota will enter the 2013 NCAA postseason tournament ranked No. 7 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, which were released today.

UND (21-12-7), which slipped one spot in both polls, is the No. 2 seed in the NCAA West Regional and will face No. 3 seed Niagara on Friday in Grand Rapids, Mich. Niagara was ranked No. 14 in both polls. The winner of Friday’s semifinal advances to the regional championship on Saturday afternoon.

Quinnipiac grabbed the No. 1 ranking in the USCHO poll and shared the top spot with Minnesota in the USA Today poll.

Massachusetts-Lowell, Notre Dame and Miami rounded out the top five in both polls.

Friday’s regional semifinal between UND and Niagara is set for 4:30 p.m. Central and will air live on ESPNU.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll                    
Rk. School (1st place) Record Pts. PR              
1. Quinnipiac (26) 27-7-5 948 2              
2. Minnesota (10) 26-8-5 943 1              
3. Massachusetts-Lowell (14) 26-10-2 930 5              
4. Notre Dame 25-12-3 818 9              
5. Miami 24-11-5 811 3              
6. Boston College 22-11-4 754 4              
7. North Dakota 21-12-7 685 6              
8. Wisconsin 22-12-7 549 14              
9. St. Cloud State 23-15-1 546 7              
10. New Hampshire 19-11-7 543 10              
11. Minnesota State 24-13-3 532 8              
12. Denver 20-13-5 457 13              
13. Union 21-12-5 412 18              
14. Niagara 23-9-5 328 15              
15. Yale 18-12-3 317 11              
16. Western Michigan 19-11-8 257 12              
17. Boston University 21-16-2 221 17              
18. Providence 17-14-7 144 16              
19. Michigan 18-19-3 98 20              
20. Canisius 19-18-5 53 NR              
                       

Others receiving votes: Rensselaer 52, Colorado College 45, Brown 27,

Robert Morris 23, Dartmouth 3, Nebraska Omaha 3, Alaska 1.

                       
                       
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll                  
                       
Rk. School (1st place) Record Pts. PR              
1. Quinnipiac (16) 27-7-5 473 1              
  Minnesota (9) 26-8-5 473 2              
3. Massachusetts-Lowell (9) 26-10-2 463 5              
4. Notre Dame 25-12-3 399 9              
5. Miami 24-11-5 376 3              
6. Boston College 22-11-4 354 4              
7. North Dakota 21-12-7 286 6              
8. Minnesota State 24-13-3 202 8              
  Wisconsin 22-12-7 202 15              
10. New Hampshire 19-11-7 201 11              
11. St. Cloud State 23-15-1 196 7              
12. Denver 20-13-5 158 12              
13. Union 21-12-5 135 NR              
14. Niagara 23-9-5 71 14              
15. Yale 18-12-3 57 10              
                       

Others receiving votes: Boston University 20, Western Michigan 12,

Michigan 1, Providence 1.

       

 

 

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