Bulldogs to face East Grand Forks at state

The Minnesota River Bulldogs will face No. 3 seed East Grand Forks in the first round of the State Class A Boys Hockey Tournament, which begins Wednesday, March 6, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Bulldogs (20-4) and Green Wave (20-8) will face off at 1 p.m. Wednesday. While this is the first state tournament for the Bulldog program, which started as a cooperative program between Le Sueur and St. Peter high schools in 1988 and has expanded to include Tri-City United, Cleveland and Belle Plaine high schools, this will be the 12th state appearance for the Green Wave, which has won three state championships, most recently in 2015.
Wednesday's winners advance to the semifinals Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Losers play Thursday morning at Marinucci Arena at the University of Minnesota in the consolation bracket.
Here is the complete Class A schedule:
Wednesday, March 6
Upper bracket
11 a.m. - North Branch vs. No. 2 St. Cloud Cathedral
1 p.m. - Minnesota River vs. No. 3 East Grand Forks Lower bracket
6 pm.. - New Ulm vs. No. 1 Mahtomedi
8 p.m. - No. 5 Delano vs. No 4 Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin
Consolation -
Thursday, March 7, at Mariuccie Arena
10 a.m. - Upper bracket losers
noon - Lower bracket losers
Semifinals -
Friday, March 8, at Xcel Energy Center
11 a.m. - Upper bracket winners
1 p.m. - Lower bracket winners
Final round - Saturday, March 9
Consolation Championship - 9 a.m. at Marinucci Arena
Third place - 9 a.m at Xcel Energy Center
Championship - noon at Xcel Energy Center

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