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2003 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. The tournament began on March 28, 2003, and ended with the championship game on April 12. A total of 15 games were played. 2003 was the first year 16 teams were invited to the tournament and was the first expansion of the tournament since 1988 when it increased from eight to 12 teams. The first and second rounds of the 2003 tournament were divided across four regional sites, an increase from the two regional format in place since 1992.

2003 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
2003frozenfour.png
2003 Frozen Four logo
Teams16
Finals site
ChampionsMinnesota Golden Gophers (5th title)
Runner-upNew Hampshire Wildcats (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachDon Lucia (2nd title)
MOPThomas Vanek Minnesota
Attendance111,224

Minnesota became the first team to successfully defend their title since Boston University won back-to-back titles in 1971 and 1972.

Game locationsEdit

 
Providence
Ann Arbor
Worcester
Minneapolis
Buffalo
2003 Regionals (blue) and Frozen Four (red)

The NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship is a single-elimination tournament featuring 16 teams representing all six Division I conferences in the nation. The Championship Committee seeds the entire field from 1 to 16 within four regionals of 4 teams. The winners of the six Division I conference championships receive automatic bids to participate in the NCAA Championship. Regional placements are based primarily on the home location of the top seed in each bracket with an attempt made to put the top-ranked teams close to their home site.

First round and regional finalsEdit

Frozen FourEdit

Qualifying teams[1]Edit

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament was announced on March 23, 2003.[2] The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) had five teams receive a berth in the tournament, Hockey East had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, the ECAC had two berths, while both the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and College Hockey America (CHA) received one bid for their tournament champions.

East Regional – Providence Midwest Regional – Ann Arbor
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Cornell (1) ECAC 28–4–1 Tournament champion 14th 2002 1 Colorado College (2) WCHA 29–6–5 At-large bid 16th 2002
2 Boston College Hockey East 23–10–4 At-large bid 23rd 2001 2 Maine Hockey East 24–9–5 At-large bid 13th 2002
3 Ohio State CCHA 24–12–5 At-large bid 3rd 1999 3 Michigan CCHA 28–9–3 Tournament champion 26th 2002
4 Minnesota State-Mankato WCHA 20–10–10 At-large bid 1st Never 4 Wayne State CHA 21–16–2 Tournament champion 1st Never
Northeast Regional – Worcester West Regional – Minneapolis
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 New Hampshire (3) Hockey East 25–7–6 Tournament champion 13th 2002 1 Minnesota (4) WCHA 24–8–9 Tournament champion 27th 2002
2 Boston University Hockey East 24–13–3 At-large bid 27th 2002 2 Ferris State CCHA 30–10–1 At-large bid 1st Never
3 Harvard ECAC 22–9–2 At-large bid 18th 2002 3 North Dakota WCHA 26–11–5 At-large bid 18th 2001
4 St. Cloud State WCHA 17–15–5 At-large bid 5th 2002 4 Mercyhurst MAAC 22–12–2 Tournament champion 2nd 2001

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Tournament BracketEdit

Regional Semifinals
March 28–29
Regional Finals
March 29–30
National Semifinals
April 10
National Championship
April 12
            
1 Cornell (1) 5
4 Minnesota State 2
1 Cornell 2**
Providence, Rhode Island – Sat/Sun
2 Boston College 1
2 Boston College 1
3 Ohio State 0
E1 Cornell 2
N1 New Hampshire 3
1 New Hampshire (3) 5
4 St. Cloud State 2
1 New Hampshire 3
Worcester, Massachusetts – Fri/Sat
2 Boston University 0
2 Boston University 6
3 Harvard 4
N1 New Hampshire 1
W1 Minnesota 5
1 Colorado College (2) 4
4 Wayne State 2
1 Colorado College 3
Ann Arbor, Michigan – Sat/Sun
3 Michigan 5
2 Maine 1
3 Michigan 2
M3 Michigan 2
W1 Minnesota 3*
1 Minnesota (4) 9
4 Mercyhurst 2
1 Minnesota 7
Minneapolis – Fri/Sat
2 Ferris State 4
2 Ferris State 5
3 North Dakota 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Semifinals[3]Edit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Cornell vs. (4) Minnesota State-MankatoEdit


(2) Boston College vs. (3) Ohio StateEdit


Midwest RegionalEdit

(1) Colorado College vs. (4) Wayne StateEdit


(2) Maine vs. (3) MichiganEdit


Northeast RegionalEdit

(1) New Hampshire vs. (4) St. Cloud StateEdit


(2) Boston University vs. (3) HarvardEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) Minnesota vs. (4) MercyhurstEdit


(2) Ferris State vs. (3) North DakotaEdit


Regional FinalsEdit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Cornell vs. (2) Boston CollegeEdit


Midwest RegionalEdit

(1) Colorado College vs. (3) MichiganEdit


Northeast RegionalEdit

(1) New Hampshire vs. (2) Boston UniversityEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) Minnesota vs. (2) Ferris StateEdit


Frozen Four[16]Edit

National SemifinalEdit

(E1) Cornell vs. (NE1) New HampshireEdit


(W1) Minnesota vs. (MW3) MichiganEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(W1) Minnesota vs. (NE1) New HampshireEdit

Scoring summary[20]
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st MIN Matt DeMarchi (8) Smaagaard 10:58 1–0 MIN
UNH Sean Collins (22) – PP Martz and Aikins 19:41 1–1
2nd None
3rd MIN Thomas Vanek (31) – GW Koalska 48:14 2–1 MIN
MIN Jon Waibel (9) Vanek 51:25 3–1 MIN
MIN Barry Tallackson (8) – PP Guyer and Harrington 53:34 4–1 MIN
MIN Barry Tallackson (9) – EN Potulny 58:31 5–1 MIN
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st UNH Colin Hemingway Charging 8:57 2:00
MIN Keith Ballard Roughing 11:35 2:00
UNH Justin Aikins Hooking 13:12 2:00
MIN Garrett Smaagaard Hitting after the Whistle 18:01 2:00
2nd UNH Patrick Foley Charging 22:33 2:00
MIN Thomas Vanek Cross-Checking 23:10 2:00
UNH Brian Yandle Interference 35:27 2:00
MIN Judd Stevens Obstruction Holding 38:39 2:00
3rd MIN Jon Waibel Hooking 48:59 2:00
UNH Nathan Martz Roughing 51:43 2:00
UNH Tim Horst Hooking 58:46 2:00
MIN Jake Fleming Slashing 58:46 2:00

All-Tournament Team[21]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[22]

Record by conferenceEdit

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Finals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
WCHA 5 5-4 .556 2 1 1 1
Hockey East 4 5-4 .556 3 1 1 -
CCHA 3 3-3 .500 2 1 - -
ECAC 2 2-2 .500 1 1 - -
MAAC 1 0-1 .000 - - - -
CHA 1 0-1 .000 - - - -

ReferencesEdit

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