3 Minnesota teams could advance to the Frozen Four

Minnesota, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State-Mankato will all be in action on Sunday.
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The NCAA men's ice hockey tournament has been dominated by Minnesota teams thus far. After Minnesota-Duluth (15-10-2) punched its ticket to the Frozen Four with a five-OT thriller over North Dakota on Saturday night, three more Minnesota schools will have the chance to head to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

The headliner will be an old WCHA rivalry between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks.

The Gophers (24-6-0) advanced to the West regional final with a dominating 7-2 win over Omaha. With Mason Nevers providing a pair of goals, Minnesota raced out to a 6-1 lead after two periods and cruised to victory.

The Mavericks (21-4-1) path to the final had more suspense. MSU-Mankato was down 3-1 to Quinnipiac after two periods but rallied for two goals in the third to force overtime. Ryan Sandelin scored the game-winner in the extra frame giving the Mavericks their first NCAA tournament win since becoming a D-I hockey program in 1996.

While there will be at least two Minnesota teams heading to the Frozen Four, St. Cloud State will have the chance to make it a third. The Huskies ( scored four unanswered goals to defeat Boston University 6-2 on Saturday afternoon for their first tournament win since 2015.

The victories set up a dream day for Minnesota hockey fans as St. Cloud State will battle Boston College at 4:30 in the Northeast Regional Final in . The Gophers and Mavericks will face off at 7 p.m.

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