NCAA men's ice hockey tournament bracket released
The 16-team bracket for the NCAA men's ice hockey tournament was revealed Sunday, with Minnesota State-Mankato, North Dakota, Boston University and Miami (Ohio) earning the top seeds.
MSU-Mankato earned the top seed after going 29-7-3 this season and winning the WCHA championship.
Union College, the defending champion, did not earn a spot in the field. The Dutchmen were 19-18-2 this season and were eliminated in the conference tournament quarterfinals by Quinnipiac.
Boston University is led by freshman forward Jack Eichel, the consensus No. 2 prospect in this year's NHL draft. Eichel, the nation's leading scorer, is one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in college hockey.
The regionals will be held from March 28–30 and the Frozen Four begins on April 9 in Boston. The championship game is on April 11.
- Dan Gartland