Believe it or not, the Golden Gophers men's hockey team isn't a lock to make the NCAA tournament. The Gophers are at the top of the WCHA standings, but their No. 13 ranking in the PairWise hurts their chances. A website called PlayoffStatus.com gives the Gophers a 46 percent chance to make the NCAA tournament.
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The NCAA hockey tournament is right around the corner and making the field will be challenging for most teams, but not the Gophers and UMD Bulldogs. Both look like locks to make the field of 16, even if they don't receive an automatic bid by winning the WCHA Final Five.
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When the Gophers take the ice at Xcel Energy Center against Boston University on Saturday, it will end a three-year drought of playing in the NCAA tournament. Head coach Don Lucia thinks there "was a lot of pressure" on the Gophers to return, especially on the senior class -- all of whom haven't played in the tournament before.
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It's been three years since the Minnesota Gophers have been to the WCHA Final Five. It was a 2009 loss to UMD in the opening round. Jake Hansen and Nico Sachetti are the only two remaining players from that team, and they want to make the most of their final opportunity.
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