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The University of North Dakota has been fighting their way to the playoffs since late November. It was November 29th during a series with St. Lawrence that UND began to turn the tide. Sitting at 4-7-2 the green and white took a hard look at themselves and never looked back.

"We've had elimination games the last few weeks and I've been really proud of how guys have battled through those," says caption Dillon Simpson. "Those are big character wins for us moving forward."

During UND's current 21-6-1 stretch, only fellow Frozen Four participant Union has won more games, with 24.

"We've been playing playoff hockey longer than probably the other three teams with us here," added Rocco Grimaldi. "We've had four do or die games already. One against CC, one against Western, and then the two at regional's. We've been in that playoff mode a long time just to squeak into the playoffs."

The uphill climb has honed UND's skills and brings them to the peak of performance as they charge ahead in the playoffs.

"Dating back probably a month or so we've been playing where if we lose our season is done so we have that experience in these situations, at the same time you get confidence from that," says Nick Mattson. "We've stepped up to the challenge every time. Some teams would crumble under that pressure but we've been resilient. You gain a lot of confidence from that and you know how to handle it and you know you can have a little fun."

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