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NCAA Hockey Tournament 2012: Minnesota Duluth Ready For Another National Title

Minnesota Duluth may have lost three of its better offensive weapons from last season's National Championship team in Mike Connolly (Colorado Avalanche), Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes) and Justin Fontaine (Minnesota Wild), but the Bulldogs have done a fine job of reloading.

Averaging a nation-leading 3.64 goals/game, Jack Connolly, Travis Oleksuk and J.T. Brown have each scored more than 45 points. UMD boasts two scoring lines that could easily substitute the top line on any team in the nation.

The Bulldogs head East for the second consecutive year, and although Minnesota Duluth hasn't played lately with the same consistency that they had during a 17-game unbeaten streak from October to January, the defending national champions know how to get hot at the right time. Even in defeat during the WCHA Final Five, the Bulldogs came back a 3-0 deficit and put 71 shots on goal in a 4-3 double-overtime loss.

For more on the road to the Frozen Four in Tampa, stick with our 2012 NCAA hockey tournament StoryStream.