WISCONSIN HOCKEY. On any given day, any team can beat any other team. Wisconsin surrendered a two goal lead to lose the semifinal to North Dakota (bringing back memories of a blown lead in the 1992 title game) while St. Cloud State outshot the Gophers in overtime. The Fighting Sioux (is that now or will it be an abusive or hostile mascot?) won the tournament and secured the Western League's automatic bid. Wisconsin 4, Minnesota 0 in the consolation game. Or was that the real title game?
With the victory, the Badgers may even vault past Minnesota in the computer rankings used to determine seedings for the NCAA tournament. Many expect Wisconsin (26-10-3) to be the No. 1 overall seeded team when the pairings are announced at 10 a.m. today (ESPN2). That would mean a trip to Green Bay for the Midwest Regional, where two victories would get them to the Bradley Center in Milwaukee for the Frozen Four.
If ever home ice mattered ... SIEVE!

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