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    NCAA 2014 NCAA D.I National Championship Tournament

    It is time for the season ending national championship tournament in NCAA D.I, the top level of college/university hockey in the world.

    Brackets have been officially set as shown below.

    The tournament is, for the first round, divided into 4 regional groups of 4 teams each. Teams are seeded 1-4 in each group; I have not listed the individual group seedings here. The regional groups do not reflect where the teams come from; rather, they reflect where each tournament grouping's arena is located.

    The number next to each team reflects its overall seeding for the tournament, not necessarily its national poll ranking.


    West (St. Paul, Minnesota) [Mar. 29 & 30]

    #1 Minnesota vs. #16 Robert Morris

    #8 Notre Dame vs. #9 St. Cloud State


    Northeast (Worcester, Massachusetts) [Mar. 29 & 30]

    #7 UMass Lowell vs. #10 Minnesota State

    #2 Boston College vs. #15 Denver


    East (Bridgeport, Connecticut) [Mar. 28 & 29]

    #3 Union vs. #13 Vermont

    #6 Quinnipiac vs. #11 Providence


    Midwest (Cincinnati, Ohio) [Mar. 28 & 29]

    #5 Ferris State vs. # 12 Colgate

    #4 Wisconsin vs. #14 North Dakota


    In the U.S., ESPNU is televising the games.

    East Regional Final: Saturday, Mar. 29 at 3:00pm - Live on ESPN2

    Midwest Regional Final: Saturday, Mar. 29 at 6:30 pm - Live on ESPNU

    Northeast Regional Final: Sunday, Mar. 30 at 5:00 pm - Live on ESPNU

    West Regional Final: Sunday, Mar. 30 at 7:30 pm - Live on ESPNU


    Frozen Four predictions, anyone?
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    Here is the official USCHO poll, ranking the top 20 NCAA D.I teams as of March 24, 2014, with their records. This was the final poll heading into the season ending national tournament.

    Note that the teams ranked 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th and 20th did not make the tournament field.

    http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/
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    In the Frozen Four, the matchups are North Dakota-Minnesota and Union College-Boston College
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    (#1) Minnesota 7, (#16) Robert Morris 3
    Box score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...-vs-minnesota/
    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/03/...robert-morris/

    (#9) St. Cloud State 4, (#8) Notre Dame 3 (OT)
    Box score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...t-cloud-state/
    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/03/...west-regional/

    (#5) Ferris State 1, (#12) Colgate 0
    Box score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...-ferris-state/
    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/03/...ional-matchup/

    (#14) North Dakota 5, (#4) Wisconsin 2
    Box score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...-vs-wisconsin/
    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/03/...west-regional/

    (#3) Union College 5, (#13) Vermont 2
    Box score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...mont-vs-union/
    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/03/...east-regional/

    (#11) Providence 4, (#6) Quinnipiac 0
    Box score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...vs-quinnipiac/
    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/03/...-second-round/

    (#7) Massachusetts-Lowell 2, (#10) Minnesota State 1
    Box score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...-umass-lowell/
    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/03/...nnesota-state/

    (#2) Boston College 6, (#15) Denver 2
    Box score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...oston-college/
    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/03/...east-regional/
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    Have to go for Union College -- be good to have somebody new on the podium.

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    I'd like it to be either Union or North Dakota.

    Union has never won it; this is only their fourth ever trip to the NCAA D.I national championship tournament, although it is their second Frozen Four appearance in the last three years.

    North Dakota, while a traditional powerhouse, is only the 14th seed in the 16 team field this year, and who doesn't like an underdog? Plus, since the NCAA with its hypocritical, 'politically correct' bullshit ruling forced UND to abandon its use of the classic Fighting Sioux nickname, I have cheered for North Dakota. I especially respect the fact that the school refused to pick a new nickname to replace Fighting Sioux, and simply refers to itself as 'North Dakota' now. Of course, UND fans still call them the Fighting Sioux, despite the fact that the school can't officially do so any longer, and despite the fact that the school can't use the logo that they had any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    I'd like it to be either Union or North Dakota.

    North Dakota, while a traditional powerhouse, is only the 14th seed in the 16 team field this year, and who doesn't like an underdog? Plus, since the NCAA with its hypocritical, 'politically correct' bullshit ruling forced UND to abandon its use of the classic Fighting Sioux nickname, I have cheered for North Dakota. I especially respect the fact that the school refused to pick a new nickname to replace Fighting Sioux, and simply refers to itself as 'North Dakota' now. Of course, UND fans still call them the Fighting Sioux, despite the fact that the school can't officially do so any longer, and despite the fact that the school can't use the logo that they had any more.
    Yeah, I've never understood why this would be any kind of insult - seems like naming a sports team after a group would be considered an honor. Some day they may regret it.

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    Frozen Four results (April 10, 2014):

    (#1) Minnesota 2, (#14) North Dakota 1

    Minnesota scored with 0.6 seconds left in regulation time to win the game!
    North Dakota actually outshot the top ranked Golden Gophers 37-28, but never had the lead. All of the scoring came in the 3rd period. Minnesota only had 7 shots on goal in the third period, but scored twice. Over 17,000 fans were in attendance.

    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/04/...to-title-game/
    Box Score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...-vs-minnesota/


    (#3) Union College 5, (#2) Boston College 4

    B.C. led 1-0 after one period, but fell behind 2-1, 4-2 and 5-3 at various points before ultimately succumbing. This win vaults Union into its first ever NCAA D.I national championship game. Union outshot B.C. 41-38. Again, over 17,000 fans were in attendance.

    Recap here: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/04/...pionship-game/
    Box Score here: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...oston-college/

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    Union vs. Boston College video highlights (8+ minutes): http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sNQ-HfvPvOo

    Minnesota vs. North Dakota highlights (from a Minnesota perspective; really gives a feel for the atmosphere of the game and includes some insane saves from the Minnesota goalie): http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K4UdUgDUz0A
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    National championship game: #1 Minnesota vs. #3 Union College

    Traditional power vs. upstart small school which has burst onto the NCAA D.I scene over the past 7 years.

    Although Minnesota is top-seeded in the tournament, and Union third-seeded, the season ending poll ranking heading into the tournament had Union top-ranked and Minnesota ranked second (see posts #1 & 2 in this thread).

    These two teams were the consensus top two teams among the various polls and ranking systems, so it is fitting to see them meet in the championship game. The only other team that could challenge their dominance in the rankings this season was Boston College, which was defeated by Union in the Frozen Four, while Minnesota eliminated North Dakota, which was an outsider this season, ranking 13th in the season ending poll and seeded 14th in the tournament.

    The game is Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 7:00 EST and can be watched live on ESPN.

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    wow...Union pulls it off, 7-4 over Minnesota.

    Hockey news:
    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/un...en-four-final/

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    A two minute video that truly captures the atmosphere of the championship game; this one from a Union perspective: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9I4WDEcI9QM

    Recap of the game from USCHO: http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/04/...-championship/

    Box score: http://www.uscho.com/box/mens-hockey...-vs-minnesota/

    Check out the shots on goal and the first period stats!

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    Even the IIHF has an article on tiny Union College's historic first NCAA D.I title over powerhouse large school and traditional power Minnesota - http://www.iihf.com/fi/home-of-hocke...e8e8ca80c9f623

    Minnesota was seeking its 6th NCAA D.I title and was playing in its 12th NCAA D.I championship game. This was Union's 1st ever championship game; it has only been playing NCAA D.I hockey since 1991-1992.

    Minnesota has 14 NHL draft picks on its roster, with 4 players that played in this year's IIHF World Junior championship. Union, by comparison, has only 1 NHL draft pick who also happened to play in this year's IIHF World Junior championship (also Union's only player to do so) - Shayne Gostisbehere, a defenseman who is a Philadelphia Flyers draft pick who went an amazing +7 in a 7-4 game, playing as a first pairing defenseman.

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