Thursday, March 8, 2012

For Many NCAA Teams, It's Do or Die Time

A number of teams in NCAA Division I hockey will see their 2011-12 seasons end this weekend as conference playoffs continue, culminating in next week's championship games and selection to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The do or die best-of-three segment of the season began/continued tonight with Providence's 5-3 win at UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East Tournament.

Here's a brief look at the matchups (all on campus sites) that will determine who goes on to each league's respective semifinals next weekend, before the final 16 schools are called on Selection Sunday, on March 18 at noon ET on ESPNU:

Atlantic Hockey
Bentley @ RIT
Holy Cross @ Mercyhurst
Robert Morris @ Niagara
UConn @ Air Force

Bowling Green @ Ferris State
Lake Superior @ Western Michigan
Michigan State @ Miami
Notre Dame @ Michigan

Dartmouth @ Cornell
Quinnipiac @ Colgate
Rensselaer @ Union
Yale @ Harvard

Hockey East
New Hampshire @ Boston University
Merrimack @ Maine
Providence at UMass-Lowell
UMass @ Boston College

Alaska Anchorage @ Minnesota
Bemidji State @ North Dakota
Michigan Tech @ Colorado College
Minnesota State @ Minnesota-Duluth
Nebraska-Omaha @ St. Cloud State
Wisconsin @ Denver

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