MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota will host North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA women's hockey tournament.
The Gophers won the WCHA playoffs and drew the No. 2 seed. They'll play North Dakota on Saturday afternoon.
Defending NCAA champion Wisconsin is the No. 1 seed, and the Badgers will host Mercyhurst next weekend. Other quarterfinal matchups include Cornell against Boston University and Boston College against St. Lawrence. The four winners will advance to the Frozen Four, held March 16 and 18 in Duluth.
Minnesota Duluth missed a chance to host the national semifinals. The Bulldogs didn't make the eight-team field.
This is the 10th appearance in 12 years for Minnesota in the NCAA tournament, including five in a row.
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