Wolverines Going West

At 2:30 on Sunday afternoon, the No. 9-ranked Michigan hockey team learned that they would be going west for the 2007 NCAA Tournament. As the No. 2 seed in the West Regional, the Wolverines open with No. 7 North Dakota in the first round of the national championship tournament.

When the NCAA Ice Hockey Selection Committee revealed their brackets for the 2007 NCAA Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, the Wolverines probably didn't like the news. After placing second in the CCHA Tournament, the Wolverines are being sent west as the No. 2 seed in the West Regional.

Michigan will open play in the NCAA Tournament against No. 7 North Dakota on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. North Dakota finished the regular season with a record of 22-13-5, and lost to tournaments overall No. 1 seed, Minnesota, in overtime of the WCHA Tournament Championship. North Dakota ended Michigan's season last March with a 5-1 win over the Wolverines on their home ice in North Dakota.

Minnesota, entering the tournament fresh off their 3-2 overtime win over the Fighting Sioux, opens the tournament against the No. 16 seed, Air Force. Minnesota defeated Michigan 8-2 at the College Hockey Showcase in Minneapolis in November.

Air Force won the Atlantic Hockey Tournament to claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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