Gophers Meet Media Before NCAA Regional

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All four teams at the NCAA Hockey West Regional--Minnesota, North Dakota, Boston University, and Western Michigan--got a chance to practice at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday before beginning tournament play on Saturday.
Go Gophers! Taylor Matson
Go Gophers!
Taylor Matson and the Gophers met the media before tomorrow's game against Boston University.
Go Gophers!

Following each practice, each team held a press conference. The second-seeded Gophers, who were the last team to get off the ice, concluded the day by sending head coach Don Lucia, senior captain Taylor Matson, and sophomore defenseman Nate Schmidt to the podium.

Minnesota, who last met BU in 2005, will renew a rivalry that dates back to 1963.

"It's exciting to play Boston. A lot of the guys never have. We're looking forward to it and I'm sure it'll be fun," said Matson, who will be playing in his eighth career game against a team from Hockey East. "BU is a really high-powered offensive teams. They compare to a lot of WCHA teams with their speed and their offense.

Schmidt, who had a breakout season this year with was in agreement with his teammate. "BU's a really good team coming into this tournament and it'll be an exciting game," he said.

The Gophers have moved on from a 6-3 loss to UND in the WCHA semifinals last week and have spent the week preparing for an uncommon opponent.

"We've had a good week of preparation and we're ready to go," said Lucia. "We are two very evenly matched teams and tomorrow it'll be all about execution."

The second-seeded and WCHA regular-season champion Gophers, will meet the Terriers on Saturday at 4:30. The winner of Saturday's contest will play the winner of the North Dakota-Western Michigan game at 12:30 for a spot in the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, Fla. on April 5 and 7.

This weekend is sure to be action-packed with an impressive bracket on the ice in St. Paul.

Said Lucia, "It is a great field. We have a regional where if anyone came out of it, I don't think anyone would be surprised." 

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