2023 NCAA males’s hockey — subject, bracket, easy methods to watch

March 19, 2023

  • Steve RichardsESPN

The NCAA men’s hockey tournament field is set, with 16 teams vying for a trip to Tampa, Fla. for the Frozen Four and a shot at the national championship.

The top 4 seeds include three of the sport’s most decorated programs — Minnesota, Michigan and defending champion Denver — as well as a recent powerhouse in Quinnipiac, which has the best record in the country.

The 16-team field, including the six conference champions and 10 teams at large, will compete in regional matches on Thursday and Friday, with regional finals played on Saturday and Sunday.

The Frozen Four will be at the Amalie Arena in Tampa with the national semifinals on April 6th and the national championship game on April 8th.

Each game of the tournament will be broadcast on either ESPN 2, ESPNU or ESPNews and is available to stream via the ESPN app.

Below are the fixtures and schedules for the tournament, along with a team-by-team look at the field. The schedule will be updated with the results as the games are played. For a clip that will update as games are completed, click here.

Time schedule

All times Easter

Manchester, New Hampshire, regional

Thursday: Western Michigan vs. Boston University, 2 p.m. (ESPN2); Cornell vs. Denver, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNews)

Saturday: Regional Finals, 4pm (ESPNU)

Fargo, North Dakota, regional

Thursday: State of Minnesota vs. State of St. Cloud, 5 p.m. (ESPNU); Canisius vs. Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday: Regional Finals, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Bridgeport, Connecticut, regional

Friday: Ohio State vs. Harvard, 2 p.m. (ESPNU); Merrimack vs. Quinnipiac, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNews)

Sunday: Regional Finals, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

Allentown, Pennsylvania, regional

Friday: Michigan Tech vs. Penn State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU); Colgate vs. Michigan, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sunday: Regional Finals, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Frozen Four
at the Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla

April 6: National Semifinals, 5pm and 8:30pm (ESPN2)

April 8th: National Championship Game, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Manchester regional

Denver (30-9-0)

how they came In: At-large bid (lost NCHC semifinals to Colorado College)

NCAA Appearances: 32

Frozen Four appearances: 18 (nine national titles, most recently 2022)

Last NCAA finish: Won the national title over Minnesota State in 2022

Notable: Denver rolled on, winning 11-of-12 before a stunning 1-0 loss to Colorado College in the NCHC semifinals likely caught the team’s attention. … Special teams could be key to Denver’s quest to retain its national title. The Pioneers have the third-best power play in the country (26.6%), but their penalty shootout sits only 45th (78%).

Boston University (27-10-0)

how they came In: Won Hockey East Championship

NCAA Appearances: 38

Frozen Four appearances: 22 (five national titles, most recently in 2009)

Last NCAA finish: Lost first round 2021 to St. Cloud

Notable: First-year coach Jay Pandolfo captained BU’s national title side in 1995-96. … Freshman Lane Hutson, a Montreal Canadiens draft pick, scored the overtime winner in the Terriers’ Hockey East final win over Merrimack. He is the most successful under-19 defenseman (47 points) in the NCAA since Brian Leetch in 1986-87. … It will take a Frozen Four run for some BU fans to remove the sting of the Terriers’ fourth-place finish in Boston’s beloved beanpot.

Western Michigan (23-14-1)

how they came In: At-large bid (lost to Colorado College in NCHC Quarterfinals)

NCAA Appearances: 8th

Frozen Four appearances: 0

Last NCAA finish: Loss to Minnesota in the 2022 Regional Finals

Notable: The Broncos are rested well after a surprise two-game win over Colorado College (13-22-3) in the NCHC Quarterfinals (though it’s worth noting that CC also beat Denver in the Semifinals). … Senior Jason Polin leads the nation with 29 goals and is second with 149 shots.

Cornell (20-10-2)

how they came In: At-large bid (lost to Harvard in ECAC semifinals)

NCAA Appearances: 23

Frozen Four appearances: 8 (two national titles, last in 1970)

Last NCAA Finish: Lost 2019 Regional Finals to Providence

Notable: Cornell ranks second in the nation with Minnesota State in defense (2.0 goals per game) and Big Red also has points (eighth with 3.4 goals per game), particularly due to man advantage ( 25.9%, fourth). in the NCAA).

Fargo regional

Minnesota (26-9-1)

Brock Faber and Minnesota enter NCAA men’s hockey tournament as top overall winners. Bailey Hillesheim/Icon Sportswire

How they got in: At-large bid (lost Big Ten finals to Michigan)

NCAA Appearances: 40

Frozen Four Appearances: 22 (five national titles, most recently 2003)

Last NCAA finish: Lost the 2022 national semifinals to Minnesota Duluth

Remarkable: Much of last season’s Frozen Four team is back, but the Gophers got a big spark from rookies Logan Cooley and Jimmy Snuggerud, who are 1-2 on the team in points and plus-minus (Cooley at 52, plus- 34; Snuggerud at 49, plus-31). … Minnesota is 11-6 against teams in the NCAA field.

State of St. Cloud (12/24/3)

how they came In: Won NCHC Championship

NCAA Appearances: 17th

Frozen four appearances: 2

Last NCAA finish: Lost first round to Quinnipiac in 2022

Notable: After a disappointing season last year, St. Cloud State is looking to return to the national title game in 2021 after losing to UMass. … The battle-hardened Huskies have won three out of four against Denver. They went through a 1-5-3 stretch towards the end of the regular season but turned things around in the NCHC tournament.

State of Minnesota (12/25/1)

how they came In: CCHA championship won

NCAA Appearances: 9th

Frozen four appearances: 2

Last NCAA finish: Lost 2022 national championship game to Denver

Notable: The Mavericks have been in the last two Frozen Fours, but their place in the field this season wasn’t fully secured before their rousing comeback OT win over Northern Michigan in the CCHA title game. They scored twice in the last 2:19 of regular time to equalize and then won after 1:08 of extra time with Zach Krajnik’s goal.

Canisius (20-18-3)

how they came In: Won Atlantic Hockey Championship

NCAA Appearances: 2nd

Frozen Four appearances: 0

Last NCAA finish: Lost to Quinnipiac in the first round in 2013

Notable: The Golden Griffins emerged from a turbulent tournament to claim the Atlantic’s automatic bid. Despite checking in at #41 on the PairWise leaderboard, Canisius has at least one thing going for it — experience (though not at that level). The Griffs are the second oldest team in the country with an average age of 23.2 years.

Bridgeport regional

Quinnipiac (30-4-3)

How they got in: At-large bid (lost ECAC semifinals v Colgate)

NCAA Appearances: 9th

Frozen four appearances: 2

Last NCAA finish: Lost 2022 Regional Finals to Michigan

Notable: Again led by Yaniv Perets (1.52 GAA), Quinnipiac posted absurd defensive numbers for the second straight season. That year, the Bobcats were also scoring 3.92 goals per game and the ECAC was much stronger.

Harvard (24-7-2)

how they came In: At-large bid (lost ECAC final to Colgate)

NCAA Appearances: April 27

Frozen Four appearances: 13 (one national title, 1989)

Last NCAA finish: Lost the first round to Minnesota State in 2022

Notable: The Crimson, who rank in the top seven nationwide in both goals scored and goals allowed per game, are led by junior Sean Farrell (1.58 points per game, second in the country). … Ted Donato, who led Harvard’s run to his only national title in 1989, has guided his alma mater to eight NCAA appearances in 18 seasons at the helm.

State of Ohio (20-15-3)

how they came In: At-large bid (lost to Michigan in Big Ten semifinals)

NCAA Appearances: 10th

Frozen four appearances: 2

Last NCAA finish: Lost to Denver in the first round in 2019

Remarkable: The Buckeyes are shooting a lot (1,378, second only to Penn State) and trailing a 6-point in Minnesota and a 7-point in Michigan in preseason victories over the Gophers and Wolverines. But OSU also lost 7-3 to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament and was beaten 9-2 in Minnesota over the weekend to end the regular season. … Ohio State has the best penalty in the country (89.5%).

Merrimack (23-13-1)

how they came In: At-large bid (lost to BU in Hockey East finals)

NCAA Appearances: 3rd

Frozen Four appearances: 0

Last NCAA finish: Lost to Notre Dame in the first round in 2011

Notable: The Warriors were the surprise team of the early season and made it well into the top 10 in the rankings before a tough 2-8-1 stretch at the start of the new year. But they rallied with a weekend against Boston University and finished strong, earning the final bid at large despite losing to the Terriers in overtime in the Hockey East championship game.

Allentown regional

Michigan (11/24/3)

how they came In: Won Big Ten Championship

NCAA Appearances: 40

Frozen Four appearances: 26 (nine national titles, most recently in 1998)

Last NCAA finish: Lost 2022 national semifinals to Denver

Notable: As of late, the Wolverines aren’t lacking in star power. Freshman sensation Adam Fantilli, the likely No. 2 pick in the upcoming NHL draft, leads the nation at 1.85 points per game, while second defenseman Luke Hughes may be wearing a New Jersey Devils jersey in a couple of weeks.

Pennsylvania (21-15-1)

how they came In: At-large bid (lost to Ohio State in Big Ten Quarterfinals)

NCAA Appearances: 3rd

Frozen Four appearances: 0

Last NCAA finish: Lost to Denver in the first round in 2018

Notable: Penn State got off to a 9-0 start that included a 3-0 win over Michigan. The Nittany Lions also beat Minnesota, losing to the Gophers and Wolverines in OT, so they’ve been hanging out with the big boys, but they need to recapture their early mojo to make some noise. … PSU leads the country with 1,462 shots (nearly 40 per game) and is third in faceoff percentage (55%).

Michigan Tech (24-10-4)

how they came In: At-large bid (lost CCHA semifinals vs. Northern Michigan)

NCAA Appearances: 15

Frozen Four appearances: 10 (three national titles, last in 1975)

Last NCAA finish: 2022 lost to Minnesota Duluth in the first round

Notable: Michigan Tech’s best shot at making its first Frozen Four since 1981 is by upside-down senior goalie Blake Pietila. Pietila is fifth in the country with a GAA of 1.99, third with a savings rate of 0.929 and No. 1 with 10 shutouts.

Colgate (19-15-5)

how they came In: ECAC championship won

NCAA Appearances: 6th

Frozen Four appearances: 1

Last NCAA finish: Lost to Ferris State in the first round in 2014

Notable: Colgate, who entered ECAC No. 5, won its first championship in more than 30 years and second overall by beating Harvard 3-2. Goalie Carter Gylander was the key for the Raiders with 34 saves, 14 of them in the third period.

Note: NCAA tournament and Frozen Four appearances since the tournament began in 1948

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