Updated: April 08, 2021 08:33 PM
Created: April 08, 2021 05:32 PM
The State of Hockey is well-represented in this year's Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as three of the four teams are from Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), Minnesota State Mankato, and St. Cloud State all came into the Frozen Four vying for a spot in the national championship game.
St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota State Mankato in the first semifinal on Thursday afternoon to advance to their first national championship game in school history.
UMD is set to battle UMass on Thursday night. If UMD defeats UMass, it will be an all Minnesota championship game.
"Obviously, it'd be cool to have an all Minnesota final. I think we're just trying to play our game. We're not too worried about looking past this first game against UMass. I think we're really focused on them right now because they're a really good team," said UMD Senior Forward Koby Bender.
"Taking it one game at a time. Obviously it's awesome for the state of Minnesota but with COVID, we've been through a lot this year, so we can kind of handle it all at this point, I think, and we're just focusing on the next game right now," said UMD Senior Forward Kobe Roth.
The last time three teams from the same state were in the Frozen Four was 1992 when Michigan, Michigan State, and Lake Superior State all made it.
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