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Quinnipiac, Minnesota - the NCAA's top two seeds - hope to right the ship as tourney nears

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 3:14 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Quinnipiac, Minnesota - the NCAA's top two seeds - hope to right the ship as tourney nears

The NCAA hockey tournament opens this weekend with its top two seeds coming off poor performances in their conference tournaments.

Quinnipiac, ranked No. 1 overall, is just 4-3 in March after losing 4-0 to Brown in the ECAC semifinals last weekend.

They face Canisius (19-18-5) in the first round of the East Regional in Providence Saturday. The Golden Griffins are riding a nation's best eight-game winning streak.

Minnesota (26-8-5), the top seed in the West, lost to Colorado College in the WCHA tournament. They will face Yale (18-12-3) Friday in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Meanwhile UMass Lowell, Notre Dame, Union, and Wisconsin all come into the 16-team tournament, like Canisius, having won at least six in a row.

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