UMass (22-12-2, 14-8-2 Hockey East) earned the 11th overall seed in the tournament, making it a No. 3 seed in the regional. The Gophers (24-12, 18-6 Big Ten) are the No. 2 seed and 6th overall. Massachusetts its second-straight Hockey East Tournament Championship with a 2-1 victory over UConn at the TD Garden on Saturday night. The Frozen Four on Sunday, March 27 at either 3:00 p.m. CT or 5:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU).
- When: Friday, March 25, 2022
- Start Time: 6 p.m. ET
- Location: DCU Center (Worcester, Mass.)
- Live Stream: Gamepass
Minnesota vs UMass game Preview
The UMass captured its second-straight Hockey East Championship, four Minutemen were named to the Steve Nazro Hockey East All-Tournament team, led by senior captain Bobby Trivigno who was tabbed Tournament MVP for a second straight year, joining UMass Lowell's Connor Hellebuyck (2013, 2014) as the only individual in program history to earn the honor twice.
Massachusetts looks to make another run for the national title, but the defending champions face a tough Minnesota squad. “It’s exciting. Everyone in that locker room is pretty pumped up,” Minnesota sophomore defenseman Brock Faber said according to the Star Tribune’s Randy Johnson. “We’re ready to go. Playing on this stage is what you dream of as a kid.”
The Golden Gophers (24-12-0) came shy of the Big Ten Conference tournament title on March 19 in a 4-3 loss to Michigan. Besides that defeat, the Gophers hadn’t lost since Jan. 29 in a 3-2 overtime loss to Notre Dame.
“There’s a lot of history that goes behind playing for the Gophers that we take pride in, so we’re really looking forward to building on that history and making history for ourselves,” Faber said per Johnson.
Minnesota comes in winners of nine of its past 11 games to open the Worecester Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. UMass (22-12-2) edged Connecticut 2-1 in overtime to win the Hockey East tournament title on March 19. The Minutemen enter the NCAA tournament on a three-game winning streak.
“Skill is great,” UMass head coach Greg Carvel said per Johnson, “but grit is more important. Not much of the game is stickhandling. Most of the game is running into each other, and you’ve got to find guys who enjoy running into each other.”
UMass senior forward Bobby Trivigno leads the team in points with 48 on 20 goals and 28 assists. Senior defenseman Scott Morrow has 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points. Fellow senior defenseman Ryan Ufko has been solid for the Minutemen with 29 points on five goals and 24 assists.
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