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Tech to Play Denver in NCAA Tournament Saturday in Cincinnati

Tech to Play Denver in NCAA Tournament Saturday in Cincinnati

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech earned the WCHA's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament and will play top-seeded Denver on Saturday (March 25). The Huskies will play the Pioneers at 1 p.m. Eastern at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio in the Midwest Region.

Tech will make its 12th all-time appearance in the tournament and the second in the last three years. The Huskies have won the National Championship three times (1962, 1965, and 1975) in their 96-year history.

Denver is 29-7-4 overall and was the top-ranked team in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls last week. The Pioneers won the NCHC Third Place Game over Western Michigan 3-1 on Saturday (March 18).

Tech is 23-14-7 overall, hitting the 20-win plateau for the third straight season—something that hasn't been done since 1983. The Huskies finished second in the WCHA regular season and won the WCHA Tournament Championship and Broadmoor Trophy Saturday night with a 3-2 double overtime victory over Bowling Green. Shane Hanna scored the game winner 6:35 into the second overtime in front of a sellout crowd at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

ESPN News will televise the game with Kevin Brown doing play-by-play and Colby Cohen providing the commentary.

The winner of the Michigan Tech vs. Denver game will advance to play Union or Penn State for the Midwest Regional Championship and a spot in the Frozen Four in Chicago.

Fans looking for tickets can email the SDC Ticket Office at or call 906-487-2073 to get into the Michigan Tech block of 400. Cost is $40 for the two semifinal games and the regional championship game. Ticketmaster (Saturday, Sunday, Weekend) also has tickets available.

Tech fans interested in going on a fan bus to Cincinnati should email You will be responsible for meals and lodging but your ticket and transportation would be included for $150.