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2004 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2004 NCAA Men's Division I 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. It began on March 26, 2004, and ended with the championship game on April 10. A total of 15 games were played. This was the first season in which the Atlantic Hockey sent a representative to the tournament. Atlantic Hockey assumed possession of the automatic bid that had been the possession of the MAAC after it collapsed and all remaining ice hockey programs formed the new conference.

2004 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
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2004 Frozen Four logo
Teams16
Finals site
ChampionsDenver Pioneers (6th title)
Runner-upMaine Black Bears (5th title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachGeorge Gwozdecky (1st title)
MOPAdam Berkhoel Denver
Attendance96,327

The University of Denver, coached by George Gwozdecky, won its sixth national title with a 1-0 victory in the final game over the University of Maine, coached by Tim Whitehead before a record crowd of over 18,000 people at Boston's FleetCenter (now known as the TD Garden). While Denver's Gabe Gauthier scored the game's only goal, the game is best remembered for Denver surviving Maine's six skaters to three skaters advantage in the final 90 seconds of the contest.[1]

Denver goaltender Adam Berkhoel was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Game locationsEdit

 
Albany
Grand Rapids
Manchester
Colorado Springs
Boston
2004 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[2]Edit

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament was announced on March 21, 2004.[3] The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) each had five teams receive a berth in the tournament, Hockey East had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, while Atlantic Hockey, College Hockey America (CHA) and the ECAC each received a single bid for their tournament champions.

West Regional – Colorado Springs Northeast Regional – Manchester
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 North Dakota (1) WCHA 29–7–3 At-large bid 19th 2003 1 Boston College (2) Hockey East 27–8–4 At-large bid 24th 2003
2 Denver WCHA 23–12–5 At-large bid 17th 2002 2 Michigan CCHA 26–13–2 At-large bid 27th 2003
3 Miami CCHA 23–13–4 At-large bid 3rd 1997 3 New Hampshire Hockey East 20–14–6 At-large bid 14th 2003
4 Holy Cross Atlantic Hockey 22–9–4 Tournament champion 1st Never 4 Niagara CHA 21–14–3 Tournament champion 2nd 2000
East Regional – Albany Midwest Regional – Grand Rapids
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Maine (3) Hockey East 30–7–3 Tournament champion 14th 2003 1 Minnesota (4) WCHA 26–13–3 Tournament champion 28th 2003
2 Ohio State CCHA 26–15–0 Tournament champion 4th 2003 2 Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 26–12–4 At-large bid 5th 1993
3 Wisconsin WCHA 21–12–8 At-large bid 20th 2000 3 Michigan State CCHA 23–16–2 At-large bid 23rd 2002
4 Harvard ECAC 18–14–3 Tournament champion 19th 2003 4 Notre Dame CCHA 20–14–4 At-large bid 1st Never

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

BracketsEdit

Frozen FourEdit

National Semifinals
April 8
National Championship
April 10
      
E1 Maine 2
NE1 Boston College 1
E1 Maine 0
W2 Denver 1
MW2 Minnesota–Duluth 3
W2 Denver 5

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Semifinals[4]Edit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Maine vs. (4) HarvardEdit


(2) Ohio State vs. (3) WisconsinEdit


Midwest RegionalEdit

(1) Minnesota vs. (4) Notre DameEdit


(2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (3) Michigan StateEdit


Northeast RegionalEdit

(1) Boston College vs. (4) NiagaraEdit


(2) Michigan vs. (3) New HampshireEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) North Dakota vs. (4) Holy CrossEdit


(2) Denver vs. (3) MiamiEdit


Regional FinalsEdit

East RegionalEdit

(1) Maine vs. (3) WisconsinEdit


Midwest RegionalEdit

(1) Minnesota vs. (2) Minnesota-DuluthEdit


Northeast RegionalEdit

(1) Boston College vs. (2) MichiganEdit


West RegionalEdit

(1) North Dakota vs. (2) DenverEdit


Frozen Four[17]Edit

National SemifinalEdit

(E1) Maine vs. (NE1) Boston CollegeEdit


(MW2) Minnesota-Duluth vs. (W2) DenverEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(E1) Maine vs. (W2) DenverEdit

Scoring summary[21]
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st DEN Gabe Gauthier (18) – GW PP James 12:26 1–0 DEN
2nd None
3rd None
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st DEN Max Bull Checking from Behind 3:39 2:00
DEN Gabe Gauthier Roughing 5:13 2:00
Maine Dustin Penner Holding the Stick 5:13 2:00
Maine Mathew Deschamps Obstruction Interference 11:49 2:00
DEN Max Bull Cross-Checking 13:25 2:00
Maine Jon Jankus Tripping 14:24 2:00
DEN J. D. Corbin Holding 17:03 2:00
2nd Maine Todd Jackson Tripping 26:26 2:00
DEN Gabe Gauthier Cross-Checking 26:31 2:00
Maine Jon Jankus Holding the Stick 26:31 2:00
DEN Jeff Drummond HK 28:16 2:00
DEN Ryan Caldwell Roughing 29:47 2:00
Maine Mike Hamilton Roughing 29:47 2:00
3rd DEN Jeff Drummond Obstruction Holding 43:24 2:00
Maine Prestin Ryan Interference 48:09 2:00
DEN Jon Foster Roughing 52:15 2:00
Maine Mathew Deschamps Roughing 52:15 2:00
DEN Matt Laatsch Hooking 57:51 2:00
DEN Gabe Gauthier Delay of Game 58:26 2:00

All-Tournament Team[22]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[23]

Record by conferenceEdit

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Finals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
WCHA 5 9-4 .692 5 2 1 1
CCHA 5 1-5 .125 1 - - -
Hockey East 3 5-3 .625 2 2 1 -
ECAC 1 0-1 .000 - - - -
Atlantic Hockey 1 0-1 .000 - - - -
CHA 1 0-1 .000 - - - -

ReferencesEdit

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