Our question this week for The Rink Live beat reporters is: Who are you picking to win in the NCAA Division I men's semifinals games?

Those reporters are Mick Hatten, Jess Myers, Austin Monteith, Brad Schlossman and Matt Wellens. Hatten covers St. Cloud State, Myers covers the University of Minnesota, Monteith covers Bemidji State, Schlossman covers the University of North Dakota and Wellens covers Minnesota Duluth.

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Hatten: I've learned my lesson to pick against Minnesota Duluth, so I will go with the Bulldogs getting back to the national championship game. No Frozen Four experience for any of the players in the other game, but I'll give a slight edge to SCSU in the other because head coach Brett Larson has won national titles as an assistant coach.

Wellens: While the storyteller in me would like to see the Sandelins, Ryan and Scott, face off for the national championship, I think we'll see Round 8 between the Bulldogs and Huskies in Pittsburgh. The NCHC has been a tough league to pick against in the NCAA tournament lately.

Myers: Remember 2018, when all the talk was the three Big Ten teams, and the outlier (UMD) came in and spoiled the party? Nothing to stop UMass from doing the same this season. So I'll pick the Minutemen versus the Huskies (who are playing their best hockey, even with the loss of Easton Brodzinski) in the title game.

Monteith: I think goaltending will be key and Dryden McKay will backstop Minnesota State into the title game. The absence of four UMass players due to COVID-19 protocols, including goalie Filip Lindberg and top goal scorer Carson Gicewicz, will play into Minnesota Duluth's favor as the Bulldogs earn a fourth straight title-game appearance.

Schlossman: It's hard to go against the NCHC until someone proves it can knock the league out of the national tournament. That hasn't happened yet. So, my bet is on St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth.


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