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

Western Michigan and North Dakota face off Saturday in the West Regional of the NCAA tournament
Western Michigan and North Dakota face off Saturday in the West Regional of the NCAA tournament

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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