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ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 05: Adam Winborg #18 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to the loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the semifinals of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championships on April 5, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Michigan hockey team is withdrawing from the NCAA Tournament due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests.

The news comes just before the team’s game against Minnesota Duluth, which was supposed to take place this afternoon.

“I’m devastated for these players. These student-athletes have done a wonderful job all year of making sacrifices to get to this point of the year,” head coach Mel Pearson said in a press statement.

“It’s unfortunate. I don’t completely understand the final decision but I have to respect it,” he added. “They’ve given so much and to get this opportunity taken away from them, it’s hard to swallow. I know it’s just a game, but it’s extremely important to these young men. It’s two years in a row now we’ve been denied an opportunity to compete in the national championship. It has quite sunk in yet.”

Notre Dame also had to leave the tournament.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com and tweet at her @AnneErickson!