Sunday, March 21, 2010

NCAA Field Set; WCHA Leads Way

The NCAA Hockey Tournament field was unveiled Sunday morning, and the WCHA leads the way once again, placing four teams in the field of 16. Of the four teams, two (Denver and Wisconsin) qualified for #1 seeds, and the other two (North Dakota and St. Cloud State) captured #2 seeds.

The bracket is here, but here is the breakdown by region:

East (Friday/Saturday in Albany, NY):
  • #1 Denver vs. #4 RIT
  • #2 Cornell vs. #3 New Hampshire
West (Friday/Saturday in St. Paul, MN):
  • #1 Wisconsin vs. #4 Vermont
  • #2 St. Cloud State vs. #3 Northern Michigan
Midwest (Saturday/Sunday in Ft. Wayne, IN):
  • #1 Miami vs. #4 Alabama-Huntsville
  • #2 Bemidji State vs. #3 Michigan
Northeast (Saturday/Sunday in Worcester, MA):
  • #1 Boston College vs. #4 Alaska
  • #2 North Dakota vs. #3 Yale
There are some pretty good matchups in this field. I believe all of the 2/3 games could be very good, and I am especially intrigued by the Wisconsin/Vermont matchup in St. Paul. If this year is anything like last year's craziness, it should be quite a tournament.

Stay tuned to DP for analysis leading up to Friday's face-offs.

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