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Courtesy: Conor Knuteson, UNDsports.com
National tournament begins with UND ranked No. 3
Courtesy: Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Release: 03/21/2016
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota will enter the NCAA postseason ranked No. 3 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, which were released on Monday.

North Dakota previously been ranked No. 1 in both polls but dropped two spots after going winless last weekend at the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Frozen Faceoff. The Fighting Hawks suffered a 4-2 loss to Minnesota Duluth in Friday’s conference semifinal, then skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with Denver in Saturday’s third-place game.

UND’s opponent in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinal, Northeastern, was ranked No. 9 by USCHO and No. 10 by USA Today.

Top-seeded UND and fourth-seeded NU will square off on Friday afternoon in Cincinnati. The puck drops at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT at U.S. Bank Arena on ESPNU.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll                
Rk. School (1st-place votes) Record Pts. PR            
1. Quinnipiac (48) 29-3-7 998 2            
2. St. Cloud State (2) 31-8-1 935 4            
3. North Dakota 30-6-4 897 1            
4. Providence 27-6-4 847 3            
5. Michigan 24-7-5 768 7            
6. Boston College 26-7-5 751 5            
7. Denver 23-9-6 703 6            
8. Massachusetts-Lowell 24-9-5 664 8            
9. Northeastern 22-13-5 554 14            
10. Harvard 19-10-4 547 9            
11. Yale 19-8-4 400 10            
12. Boston University 21-12-5 488 11            
13. Notre Dame 19-10-7 390 13            
14. Minnesota Duluth 18-15-5 354 16            
15. Michigan Tech 23-9-5 279 12            
16. Minnesota State 21-13-7 176 15            
17. St. Lawrence 19-14-4 142 17            
18. Ferris State 19-14-6 121 NR            
19. Cornell 16-11-7 115 18            
20. Minnesota 20-17-0 94 20            
                     
Others receiving votes: RIT 62, Penn State 58, Omaha 24, Robert Morris 19,
Dartmouth 7, Bowling Green 6, Clarkson 1.
                     
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll                
Rk. School (1st-place votes) Record Pts. PR            
1. Quinnipiac (34) 29-3-7 510 2            
2. St. Cloud State 31-8-1 458 5            
3. North Dakota 30-6-4 446 1            
4. Providence 27-6-4 404 3            
5. Boston College 26-7-5 355 4            
6. Michigan 24-7-5 354 7            
7. Denver 23-9-6 282 6            
8. Massachusetts-Lowell 24-9-5 278 8            
9. Harvard 19-10-4 212 23            
10. Northeastern 22-13-5 209 14            
11. Boston University 21-12-5 171 10            
12. Yale 19-8-4 169 11            
13. Notre Dame 19-10-7 112 12            
14. Minnesota Duluth 18-15-5 68 15            
15. Michigan Tech 23-9-5 30 13            
                     
Others receiving votes: Minnesota State 7, Ferris State 6, St. Lawrence 6,
Cornell 3.
       
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