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Western Michigan faces NCAA powerhouse North Dakota in West Regional; WKZO is in Minnesota to provide full coverage


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ST PAUL, MN (WKZO) -- Winning the CCHA tournament was a goal of the Western Michigan hockey team at the beginning of the season. Putting that in the books last week was a huge accomplishment for the Broncos, bringing the Mason Cup to Kalamazoo for the first time since 1986.Tomorrow, they will play in the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. Their opponent, the 7-time NCAA champion North Dakota Fighting Sioux in the West Region from St. Paul Minnesota.

Much like in the CCHA tournament, showing up isn’t considered a success in the eyes of this year’s team.

“We're excited to be here, but we're not just here as participants. We've got a very tough game tomorrow against the University of North Dakota and we're looking forward to that,” WMU head coach Andy Murray said during the team’s press conference Friday.

While a large Michigan crowd is not expected on site in Minnesota, Western Michigan will benefit from a large contingent of local fans that absolutely despise North Dakota.

A win Saturday will set up a matchup with the winner of Boston U/Minnesota in the other regional final.

Carolyn Binder is in Minnesota this weekend. She will have live in-game updates on Facebook and Twitter. The post game press conference and interviews will be on WKZO.com.

Game time Saturday is 1:30 pm. Robin Hook has the play by play call starting at 1 pm on 96.5 FM or online on WKZO.com