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Monday’s Dump & Chase: Tournament Madness

Wisconsin Bagers win Women’s title; Men’s field of 16 announced yesterday.

NCAA HOCKEY: MAR 20 Div I Women’s Championship - Northeastern v Wisconsin Photo by Michael Longo/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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NCAA women’s ice hockey: Wisconsin tops Northeastern to win 6th title | usatoday.com

Wisconsin could very well not only win the women’s title this year, but also send their #1 seeded men’s team to the Frozen Four (or even further).

Sixteen-team field set for 2021 men’s college hockey national tournament, with regionals set for March 26-28 | College Hockey | USCHO.com

Notable hits:

  • For the first time in history, all five Minnesota schools (University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State, Bemidji State, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Minnesota State) qualified for the tournament. In a theoretical world, there could be an all-Minnesota Frozen Four.
  • Notre Dame controversially sneaks in as the last at-large bid. I’m of the opinion Providence deserved the spot more. I don’t think Notre Dame did anything of note this season to deserve a bid.
  • Minnesota State, after being upset in the WCHA tournament, dropped from a lock of a #1 seed to a #2 seed. They are potentially the scariest #2 seed in recent memory.

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Recap: Nashville Predators 4, Dallas Stars 3 (SO): Top line activates, gives Preds win | On the Forecheck

Eeli Tolvanen continues to shine, making Predators hockey exciting once more.

Thomas, Byfield, Smith-Pelly form pro hockey’s first all-Black line since ‘40s (sportsnet.ca)

They also combined for every goal scored for their team

Noah Hanifin on track to reach new level under new Flames coach Darryl Sutter | TSN.ca

Sutter is still an odd hire to me. This Flames team has been done in by bad moves the past decade, not coaching (other than Bill Peters, for obvious reasons).

Colorado Avalanche land goalie Jonas Johansson in trade with Buffalo Sabres (espn.com)

What a weird move. Johansson is not what I’d call a great goalie.