The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's hockey team has added to the Big Ten's dominant showing in the NCAA hockey regionals. The team secured their spot in the Frozen Four with a 2-0 victory over Omaha on Sunday night.
The Big Ten conference now has three teams, including Michigan and Notre Dame, advancing to the Frozen Four. This marks the first time that three teams from one conference have made it this far since 2003 when Hockey East accomplished the feat.
Minnesota dominated their regional games, outscoring opponents 13-1 over two contests. They are now set to face off against fellow Big Ten member Michigan in what is sure to be an exciting matchup.
"We're excited about moving on," said Minnesota head coach Bob Motzko. "Our guys played hard and executed well throughout these regional games."
Motzko credited his team's strong play in all areas of the game for their success so far this season.
"Our goaltending has been excellent, our defensemen have been solid and we've gotten contributions from everyone up front," he said.
Minnesota will take on Michigan on April 8th at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh for a chance to advance to the championship game. The winner of that game will face off against either Massachusetts or St. Cloud State for a shot at claiming college hockey's top prize.
With three teams still alive, the Big Ten conference is poised to make a strong showing at this year's Frozen Four and continue its dominance throughout postseason play.