Conference champions have been crowned and the bracket is set for the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association “Frozen Four” Ice Hockey Tournament.
Founded in 1948, the 71st annual NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament pits 16 Division-I teams in four regional brackets in Bridgeport, CT (East Regional), Allentown, PA (Midwest Regional), Worcester, MA (Northeast Regional) and Sioux Falls, SD (West Regional).
Michigan has the most titles with nine (1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1996, 1998), but Denver (1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 2004, 2005, 2017) is the defending champion looking to pull even for the most championships in tournament history.
Regional champions will advance to the Frozen Four set for April 5 and 7 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.
The Big Ten leads the way with four teams in the tournament. The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Hockey East and National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) each have three teams vying for the title. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) is represented by two teams. Atlantic Hockey is also represented.
EAST REGIONAL (Bridgeport, CT)
The East Regional is hosted by Yale at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. The regional championship is set for Saturday, March 24 and will be televised at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
1-Notre Dame (25-9-2, Big Ten Champion) vs. 4-Michigan Tech (22-16-5, WCHA Champion), Friday, March 23 at 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
2-Providence (23-11-4, Hockey East, At-Large) vs. 3-Clarkson (23-10-6, ECAC, At-Large), Friday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
MIDWEST REGIONAL (Allentown, PA)
The Midwest Regional is hosted by Penn State at PPL Center in Allentown, PA. The regional championship is set for Sunday, March 25 and will be televised at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
1-Ohio State (24-9-5, Big Ten, At-Large) vs. 4-Princeton (19-12-4, ECAC Champion), Saturday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
2-Denver (20-9-8, NCHC Champion) vs. 3-Penn State (18-14-5, Big Ten, At-Large), Saturday, March 24 at 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
NORTHEAST REGIONAL (Worcester, MA)
The Northeast Regional is hosted by Holy Cross at DCU Center in Worcester, MA. The regional championship is set for Sunday, March 25 and will be televised at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
1-Cornell (25-5-2, ECAC, At-Large) vs. 4-Boston University (21-13-4, Hockey East Champion), Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. (ESPNews)
2-Michigan (20-14-3, Big Ten, At-Large) vs. 3-Northeastern (23-9-5, Hockey East, At-Large), Saturday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
WEST REGIONAL (Sioux Falls, SD)
The West Regional is hosted by the University of North Dakota in Sioux Falls, SD. The regional championship is set for Saturday, March 24 and will be televised at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
1-St. Cloud State (25-8-6, NCHC, At-Large) vs. 4-Air Force (22-14-5, Atlantic Hockey Champion), Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
2-Minnesota State (29-9-1, WCHA, At-Large) vs. 3-Minnesota-Duluth (21-16-3, NCHC, At-Large), Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Main Image: The Denver Pioneers pose for a photo with the championship trophy after winning the NCAA Men’s National Championship game between the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and the Denver Pioneers on April 8, 2017, at United Center in Chicago, IL. Denver won, 3-2. (Photo by Patrick Green/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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