Lake Superior State to Play UMass on Friday
SAULT STE. MARIE — Lake Superior State will compete in its first NCAA Tournament in 25 years on Friday after winning the WCHA title this weekend over Northern Michigan, 6-3. The Lakers found out on Sunday that they will face Massachusetts in their first round matchup of the Bridgeport Regional.
UMass went 16-5-4 this season and earned its first Hockey East title to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, their third trip in program history.
“We don’t have a great feel for UMass. Obviously, they’ve done a great job the last couple years. Greg Carvel’s done a really good job with the program,” LSSU head coach Damon Whitten said. “We all watched the Cale Makar hype the last couple years. That was just a small piece of that team. It’s a really good opponent. We’ve got to really dig in, get to know them and get our team prepared.”
Lake Superior State will play in the tournament for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The Lakers went 19-6-3.
Sault Ste. Marie welcomed Lake Superior State back to town following their WCHA Championship on Sunday.
The Lakers will play on Friday at 6:30 p.m. against UMass. The game will be on ESPNU. If LSSU wins, they will advance to play in the regional championship on Saturday at 4 p.m., which will also be on ESPNU.