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COVID knocks Michigan out of NCAA hockey tourney, UMD advances

Michigan is the second team to withdraw due to COVID-19.

Michigan has withdrawn from the NCAA men's hockey tournament after a positive COVID-19 test, which gives Minnesota-Duluth an automatic pass into the next round. 

The 16-team tournament started Friday with Bemidji State facing Wisconsin in the East Regional. UMD was scheduled to play Michigan at 3 p.m. in the Midwest Regional, but UMD is now into the regional final. 

The Bulldogs will face the winner of Friday night's quarterfinal game between North Dakota and AIC, which begins at 8:30 p.m. 

Michigan is the second Big Ten team to withdraw from the tournament due to COVID-19. Notre Dame had to withdraw after a positive test was revealed Thursday, giving Boston College a free pass to the next round. 

"I'm devastated for these players. These student-athletes have done a wonderful job all year of making sacrifices to get to this point of the year," said Michigan coach Graham Family, in a release. "It's unfortunate. I don't completely understand the final decision but I have to respect it."

Michigan Athletics said its team had been undergoing daily testing since the end of the Big Ten season, and was preparing for Friday's game against UMD when they were notified of the positive test result by the NCAA. 

The only other game Friday is Massachusetts against Lake Superior State at 5:30 p.m. 

Three other Minnesota teams – the Gophers, Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Cloud State – will play in the quarterfinals on Saturday. 

Saturday's schedule: 

  • St. Cloud State vs. Boston University - 12 p.m. (Northeast Regional)
  • Minnesota State-Mankato vs. Quinnipiac - 3 p.m. (West Regional)
  • Minnesota vs. Omaha - 8 p.m. (West Regional)

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