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Badgers punch ticket to Frozen Four

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The UW men's hockey team advanced to its first Frozen Four since 2006.
The UW men's hockey team advanced to its first Frozen Four since 2006.

This time, it mattered more.

After previously losing twice to St. Cloud State this season, including in last weekend's WCHA Final Five, UW put it all together and beat the Huskies 5-3 Saturday night in St. Paul to earn its first trip to the NCAA Frozen Four since 2006.

Wisconsin will take on RIT, who is as close to a Cinderella story as you can get in a 16-team tournament.

What is RIT? It's a great question. Try the Rochester Institute of Technology.

I was just as surprised as you that the school had a Division I hockey team. RIT is located in Rochester, NY and the team should be taken seriously. The Tigers upset Denver Friday night and downed New Hampshire 6-2 Saturday to advance to the Frozen Four.

Wisconsin and RIT are the only teams to advance to hockey's final four so far. Boston College will face Yale at 5:30 today and Michigan faces Miami at 8 p.m. in the other regional finals.

The Frozen Four will take place at Ford Field in Detroit April 8 and 10.