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2018 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2018 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the national championship tournament for men's college ice hockey in the United States. The tournament involved 16 teams in single-elimination play to determine the national champion at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the highest level of competition in college hockey. The tournament's Frozen Four – the semifinals and final – were hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota from April 5–7, 2018.[1]

2018 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
NCAA 2018 Men's Frozen Four logo.svg
2018 Frozen Four logo
Teams16
Finals site
ChampionsMinnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (2nd title)
Runner-upNotre Dame Fighting Irish (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachScott Sandelin (2nd title)
MOPKarson Kuhlman (Minnesota-Duluth)
Attendance18,303 (Championship)
54,535 (Frozen Four)
136,554 (Tournament)

Minnesota-Duluth defeated Notre Dame 2–1 to win the program's 2nd NCAA title.

Tournament procedureEdit

 
St. Paul
Worcester
Bridgeport
Sioux Falls
Allentown
2018 Regionals (blue) and Frozen Four (red)

The tournament is composed of four groups of four teams in regional brackets. The four regionals are officially named after their geographic areas. The following are the sites for the 2018 regionals: [2]

March 23–24
East Regional, Webster Bank ArenaBridgeport, Connecticut (Host: Fairfield and Yale)
West Regional, Premier CenterSioux Falls, South Dakota (Host: North Dakota)
March 24–25
Northeast Regional, DCU CenterWorcester, Massachusetts (Host: Holy Cross)
Midwest Regional, PPL CenterAllentown, Pennsylvania (Host: Penn State)

The winner of each regional will advance to the Frozen Four:

April 5–7
Xcel Energy CenterSt. Paul, Minnesota (Host: University of Minnesota)

Qualifying teamsEdit

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced on March 18.[3] The Big Ten had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, the NCHC, Hockey East, and ECAC Hockey each had three teams receive a berth, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) had two teams receive a berth, and one team from Atlantic Hockey received a berth.

East Regional – Bridgeport West Regional – Sioux Falls
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Notre Dame (2) Big Ten 25–9–2 Tournament Champion 10th 2017 1 St. Cloud State (1) NCHC 25–8–6 At-large bid 13th 2016
2 Providence Hockey East 23–11–4 At-large bid 14th 2017 2 Minnesota State WCHA 29–9–1 At-large bid 5th 2015
3 Clarkson ECAC 23–10–6 At-large bid 21st 2008 3 Minnesota–Duluth NCHC 21–16–3 At-large bid 12th 2017
4 Michigan Tech WCHA 22–16–5 Tournament Champion 13th 2017 4 Air Force Atlantic Hockey 22–14–5 Tournament champion 7th 2017
Northeast Regional – Worcester Midwest Regional – Allentown
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Cornell (3) ECAC 25–5–2 At-large bid 21st 2017 1 Ohio State (4) Big Ten 24–9–5 At-large bid 8th 2017
2 Michigan Big Ten 20–14–3 At-large bid 37th 2016 2 Denver NCHC 20–9–8 Tournament Champion 28th 2017
3 Northeastern Hockey East 23–9–5 At-large bid 6th 2016 3 Penn State Big Ten 18–14–5 At-large bid 2nd 2017
4 Boston University Hockey East 21–13–4 Tournament champion 36th 2017 4 Princeton ECAC 19–12–4 Tournament Champion 4th 2009

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Tournament bracketEdit

Regional Semifinals
March 23–24
Regional Finals
March 24–25
Semifinals
April 5
Championship
April 7
            
1 St. Cloud State (1) 1
4 Air Force 4
4 Air Force 1
Sioux Falls – Fri/Sat
3 Minnesota–Duluth 2
2 Minnesota State 2
3 Minnesota–Duluth 3*
W3 Minnesota-Duluth 2
MW1 Ohio State (4) 1
1 Ohio State (4) 4
4 Princeton 2
1 Ohio State (4) 5
Allentown – Sat/Sun
2 Denver 1
2 Denver 5
3 Penn State 1
W3 Minnesota-Duluth 2
E1 Notre Dame (2) 1
1 Cornell (3) 1
4 Boston University 3
4 Boston University 3
Worcester – Sat/Sun
2 Michigan 6
2 Michigan 3
3 Northeastern 2
NE2 Michigan 3
E1 Notre Dame (2) 4
1 Notre Dame (2) 4*
4 Michigan Tech 3
1 Notre Dame (2) 2
Bridgeport – Fri/Sat
2 Providence 1
2 Providence 1
3 Clarkson 0

Note: * denotes overtime period

ResultsEdit

West Region – Sioux Falls, South DakotaEdit

Regional SemifinalEdit

March 23, 2018
3:00 pm
(1) St. Cloud State1 – 4
(0–0, 0–2, 1–2)
(4) Air ForcePremier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Attendance: 7,992
March 23, 2018
6:30 pm
(2) Minnesota State2 – 3 (OT)
(2–0, 0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
(3) Minnesota–DuluthPremier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Attendance: 7,992

Regional FinalEdit

March 24, 2018
8:00 pm
(3) Minnesota–Duluth2 – 1
(2–0, 0–1, 0–1)
(4) Air ForcePremier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Attendance: 8,015

East Region – Bridgeport, ConnecticutEdit

Regional SemifinalEdit

March 23, 2018
3:00 pm
(1) Notre Dame4 – 3 (OT)
(0–0, 2–1, 1–2, 1–0)
(4) Michigan TechWebster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Attendance: 5,014
March 23, 2018
7:15 pm
(2) Providence1 – 0
(1–0, 0–0, 0–0)
(3) ClarksonWebster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Attendance: 5,014

Regional FinalEdit

March 24, 2018
6:00 pm
(1) Notre Dame2 – 1
(0–1, 1–0, 1–0)
(2) ProvidenceWebster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Attendance: 5,505

Northeast Region – Worcester, MassachusettsEdit

Regional SemifinalEdit

March 24, 2018
1:00 pm
(1) Cornell1 – 3
(0–0, 1–1, 0–2)
(4) Boston UniversityDCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Attendance: 8,441
March 24, 2018
4:30 pm
(2) Michigan3 – 2
(0–0, 1–1, 2–1)
(3) NortheasternDCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Attendance: 8,441

Regional FinalEdit

March 25, 2018
4:00 pm
(2) Michigan6 – 3
(2–1, 1–1, 3–1)
(4) Boston UniversityDCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Attendance: 5,499


Midwest Region – Allentown, PennsylvaniaEdit

Regional SemifinalEdit

March 24, 2018
3:30 pm
(1) Ohio State4 – 2
(2–0, 0–0, 2–2)
(4) PrincetonPPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 7,491
March 24, 2018
7:00 pm
(2) Denver5 – 1
(2–0, 2–0, 1–1)
(3) Penn StatePPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 7,491

Regional FinalEdit

March 25, 2018
6:30 pm
(1) Ohio State5 – 1
(0–0, 2–0, 3–1)
(2) DenverPPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 5,124


Frozen Four – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MinnesotaEdit

National SemifinalEdit

April 5, 2018
8:45 pm
ESPN2
(E1) Notre Dame4 – 3
(0–1, 2–1, 2–1)
(NE2) MichiganXcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 18,026
April 5, 2018
5:00 pm
ESPN2
(MW1) Ohio State1 – 2
(0–2, 0–0, 1–0)
(W3) Minnesota–DuluthXcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
Attendance: 18,026

2018 National ChampionshipEdit

(E1) Notre Dame vs. (W3) Minnesota–DuluthEdit


Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st UMD Karson Kuhlman (13) Miller 9:06 1–0 UMD
UMD Jared Thomas (11) – GW Kuhlman 18:39 2–0 UMD
2nd ND Andrew Oglevie (15) – PP Morrison and Evans 27:40 2–1 UMD
3rd None
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st ND Mike O'Leary Hooking 19:42 2:00
2nd ND Jordan Gross Tripping 22:19 2:00
UMD Louie Roehl Interference 24:35 2:00
UMD Scott Perunovich Interference 27:08 2:00
ND Colin Theisen Kneeing 30:02 2:00

All-Tournament Team[5]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)

Record by conferenceEdit

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Finals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
Big Ten 4 7-4 .636 3 3 1 -
NCHC 3 5-2 .714 2 1 1 1
Hockey East 3 2-3 .400 2 - - -
ECAC Hockey 3 0-3 .000 - - - -
WCHA 2 0-2 .000 - - - -
Atlantic Hockey 1 1-1 .500 1 - - -

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

ESPN has US television rights to all games during the tournament for the fourteenth consecutive year.[6] ESPN will air every game, beginning with the regionals, on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, or ESPN3 and streamed them online via WatchESPN.

In Canada, the tournament will be broadcast by TSN and streamed on TSN Go.

In the UK, the tournament will be broadcast by BT Sport ESPN.

Broadcast assignmentsEdit

Regionals

Frozen Four

  • John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich – St. Paul, Minnesota

RadioEdit

Westwood One has exclusive radio rights to the Frozen Four and will air both the semifinals and the championship.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014-18 NCAA Championship Sites". NCAA.com.
  2. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2017-04-18/2019-2022-future-di-ncaa-championship-sites
  3. ^ "2018 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship Selections". NCAA.com. March 18, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Last in, last standing: Minnesota Duluth defeats Notre Dame for second title". USCHO.com. 2018-04-07. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  5. ^ "Last in, last standing: Minnesota Duluth defeats Notre Dame for second title". USCHO.com. 2018-04-07. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  6. ^ Margolis, Rachel (December 15, 2011). "ESPN and NCAA® Extend Rights Agreement through 2023-24". ESPN. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  7. ^ "NCAA, Westwood One extend deal". NCAA. January 13, 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-05-16. Retrieved May 12, 2013.