The University of North Dakota men's hockey team will open the NCAA tournament with a first-round game against Niagara on Friday.
UND is the No. 2 seed in the West Regional at Grand Rapids, Mich. The winner of Friday's game will face either Yale or Minnesota for a trip to the Frozen Four at Pittsburgh in mid-April.
It is UND's 11th straight appearance in the NCAA playoffs - the longest active streak in the nation. UND is seeking an eighth national title.