Minnesota, seeded No. 1 Sunday after beating North Dakota 3-2 in overtime Saturday night in the Western College Hockey Association final, will face Air Force on Saturday in Denver. In the other game at the Pepsi Center, North Dakota will play Michigan.
The Golden Gophers (30-9-3) have won five NCAA titles, including the 2002 and 2003 championships. WCHA teams have won the last five championships, with Denver winning in 2004 and 2005 and Wisconsin taking the 2006 title.
Notre Dame (31-6-3), a 2-1 winner over Michigan on Saturday night in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association title game, will open against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday night in Grand Rapids, Mich. Boston University will play Michigan State in the other first-round game at Van Andel Arena.
On Friday in the East Regional in Rochester, N.Y., third-seeded Clarkson will face Massachusetts, and St. Cloud State will play Maine. Clarkson won the ECAC final Saturday, beating Quinnipiac 4-2.
On Saturday in the Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H., fourth-seeded New Hampshire will open against Miami of Ohio, and Boston College will face St. Lawrence. Boston College beat New Hampshire 5-2 on Saturday in the Hockey East final.
The NCAA Frozen Four is April 5-7 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, home of the NHL’s Blues.