Minnesota State draws top seed for NCAA tourney; North Dakota, Boston U, Miami also get 1s

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Minnesota State has received the top seed for the NCAA men's hockey tournament, followed by North Dakota, Boston University and Miami of Ohio as the other No. 1 seeds in their respective regions.

The NCAA unveiled Sunday the 16-team field, which included six teams from the eight-team National Collegiate Hockey Conference and just one from the Big Ten.

Minnesota State won the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament and regular-season title to finish 29-7-3 and make the NCAA tournament for a third straight year.

The Mavericks will play Atlantic Hockey tournament champion RIT in South Bend, Indiana, next weekend. The other Midwest regional semifinal will pit Nebraska Omaha of the NCHC against East Coast Athletic Conference tournament champion Harvard.

NCHC regular-season champion North Dakota will play in Fargo, about 80 miles south of the campus in Grand Forks, against ECAC regular-season champion Quinnipiac. WCHA runner-up Michigan Tech returned to the tournament for the first time since 1981 and will face St. Cloud State of the NCHC in the other West regional semifinal.

Boston University, led by Hobey Baker Award finalist and likely high NHL draft pick Jack Eichel, won the Hockey East regular season and tournament titles to draw the top spot in the Northeast regional and an opening-round game against Yale of the ECAC.

Minnesota won the Big Ten's regular season and tournament for the No. 2 seed and a matchup in Manchester, New Hampshire, with rival Minnesota Duluth of the NCHC.

Minnesota lost to Union in the NCAA championship game last year.

NCHC tournament champion Miami must open the East regional in Hockey East opponent Providence's home city. Denver of the NCHC and Boston College of Hockey East will meet in the other semifinal in Rhode Island.

The four regional winners will advance to the Frozen Four in Boston beginning April 9.

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