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Minot State men’s hockey No. 1 seed for nationals

The final ACHA Men’s Division I regular-season national poll came out this week and the Minot State men’s hockey team found itself in a familiar place: No. 1.

The Beavers (26-6-1 overall) will head to the ACHA National Tournament as the No. 1 seed as they look to defend their 2022-23 national championship.

Of course, before Minot State heads to nationals they will host No. 10 Mary tonight at the Masya Arena at 7:15 p.m., then play a home-and-home series with No. 4 Jamestown next week in Jamestown on Wednesday, then at the Maysa Arena on Thursday, February 29, at 7:15 p.m.

Minot State then heads to the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Missouri, the practice facility for the St. Louis Blues, for nationals. The Beavers opening game of the national tournament will be Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m. against the winner of the Grand Canyon versus Illinois State game, which will be played at 8:30 p.m on Thursday, March 7.

As for the Minot State women (20-10-1), they held strong at No. 4 in the current ACHA Women’s Division I poll heading into conference-tournament play.

The Beavers begin play in the Women’s Midwest Collegiate Hockey (WMCH) tournament today at 3:30 p.m. (Minot Time) taking on in-state rival Jamestown on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Tournament host Liberty moved into the No. 1 spot in this week’s women’s poll, followed by Midland, both of whom are playing in the WMCH tournament this weekend. Adrian (Mich.) was No. 3.

The winner of this weekend’s WMCH tournament earns one of three automatic berths to the 10-team ACHA Division I women’s national tournament, which will be held March 13-17 in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Following this weekend’s conference tournaments, seven more at-large berths to the national tournament will be awarded based on teams’ final ranking in next week’s ACHA poll.

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