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Updated: Thursday 03/24/2014 13:45:26 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – North Dakota will enter the national tournament – it’s NCAA-leading 12th in a row – ranked 13th in both national polls that were released on Monday.

UND was ranked No. 13 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls after having been previously ranked No. 11 in both. UND defeated Western Michigan 5-0 on Saturday in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff third-place game after suffering a 3-0 defeat to Miami in the semifinals the night before.

Union took over the top spot in the USCHO poll while Minnesota stayed atop the USA Today rankings. Boston College, Wisconsin and Massachusetts-Lowell were ranked 3-4-5 in both.

UND will face Wisconsin on Friday night in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinal at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Central and can be seen live on ESPNU. The other semifinal features No. 6 Ferris State vs. No. 12 Colgate on Friday afternoon.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll                  
Rk. School (1st place) Record Pts. PR            
1. Union (31) 28-6-4 969 2            
2. Minnesota (18) 25-6-6 955 1            
3. Boston College 26-7-4 899 3            
4. Wisconsin 24-10-2 837 6            
5. Massachusetts-Lowell (1) 25-10-4 795 7            
6. Ferris State 28-10-3 750 4            
7. Quinnipiac 24-9-6 709 5            
8. St. Cloud State 21-10-5 632 8            
9. Notre Dame 23-14-2 573 10            
10. Providence 21-10-6 546 9            
11. Minnesota State 26-13-1 501 15            
12. Colgate 20-13-5 451 14            
13. North Dakota 23-13-3 437 11            
14. Vermont 20-14-3 316 16            
15. Michigan 18-13-4 231 12            
16. Cornell 17-10-5 225 13            
17. Denver 20-15-6 183 NR            
18. New Hampshire 22-18-1 154 18            
19. Northeastern 19-14-4 143 17            
20. Ohio State 18-14-5 80 NR            
                     
Others receiving votes: Yale 33, Robert Morris 31, Western Michigan 31,
Miami 5, Alaska Anchorage 1, Minnesota Duluth 1.
                     
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll                
Rk. School (1st place) Record Pts. PR            
1. Minnesota (15) 25-6-6 476 1            
2. Union (18) 28-6-4 469 2            
3. Boston College 26-7-4 448 3            
4. Wisconsin 24-10-2 397 6            
5. Massachusetts-Lowell (1) 25-10-4 382 7            
6. Ferris State 28-10-3 345 4            
7. Quinnipiac 24-9-6 313 5            
8. St. Cloud State 21-10-5 249 10            
9. Notre Dame 23-14-2 222 8            
10. Providence 21-10-6 188 9            
11. Minnesota State 26-13-1 171 15            
12. Colgate 20-13-5 162 14            
13. North Dakota 23-13-3 134 11            
14. Vermont 20-14-3 47 NR            
15. Michigan 18-13-4 22 12            
                     
Others receiving votes: Cornell 21, Denver 20, New Hampshire 11, Northeastern 2,
Ohio State 1.
     
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