Sunday, March 23, 2008

NCAA tourney for Thrashers prospects

At 11:30 this morning, the 16-team pool for the NCAA tournament was announced.

Goaltender Alex Kangas' Univ. of Minnesota Golden Gophers grabbed one of the 10 at-large bids will take on Boston College in the Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass. BC will have the crowd behind them, so it could be a tough atmosphere for the Gophers. If they win, they would play Miami or Air Force. Probably Miami. Kangas was named the MVP of the WCHA Final Five. Here's a story on him published today in the Pioneer Press.

North Dakota (Rylan Kaip, Andrew Kozek, Michael Forney) won the WCHA and thus got one of four No. 1 seeds. They will play Princeton in the Midwest Regional in Madison, Wisconsin. Princeton has been hot lately, so this may be a tough one. If UND advances, they have to face either Denver or Wisconsin (likely Denver) and that won't be any easier. Denver is of course the team of freshman Jesse Martin, a Thrashers 2006 draft pick.

Defending champs Michigan State are a third seed in the West Regional and must face Colorado College. Here's the full bracket.

The Frozen Four will be held Apr. 10-12 in Denver, Colorado.

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