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2019 College Hockey Bracketology

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2019 College Hockey Bracketology, Men’s Division I

Projecting the field of 16.

In the 2019 college hockey bracketology, we will tell you who’s in the tournament and where they will be playing.

That’s pretty much what bracketology is and seeks to do. This specifically focuses on men’s Division I college hockey, in which 16 teams will qualify for the national tournament. Four of them move on to the 2019 Frozen Four in Buffalo, where one will be the national champion.

Last season, the winners were the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, champions for the second time in program history. Will the Bulldogs be in the field again in 2019, and who would join them? We will track the bracketology all the way until the selection show on March 24, 2019.

And now, the requisite citation: To determine the 16-team S-Curve, we use the USCHO’s PairWise Rankings (PWR). This is their system that mimics how the NCAA Selection Committee figures their teams and seedings.

Prior to the launch of bracketology for this season, we also tracked key games and how they affected the PairWise Rankings for the top teams.

2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Tournament Format

There are six automatic bids for conference tournament champions. The remaining ten bids are at-larges, as in the ten highest teams in the PWR that did not win their conference.

Tournament regionals will be held in the following cities: Manchester, New Hampshire (Northeast), Providence, Rhode Island (East), Allentown, Pennsylvania (Midwest), and Fargo, North Dakota (West).

2019 College Hockey Bracketology was last updated on March 24, 2019

2019 College Hockey Bracketology: S-Curve

Team Conf PWR
1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs NCHC** T-1
2 St. Cloud State Huskies NCHC T-1
3 Minnesota State Mavericks WCHA** 3
4 Massachusetts Minutemen Hockey East 4
5 Clarkson Golden Knights ECAC** 5
6 Northeastern Huskies Hockey East** 6
7 Quinnipiac Bobcats ECAC 7
8 Denver Pioneers NCHC 8
9 Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten 9
10 Arizona State Sun Devils Independent 10
11 Cornell Big Red ECAC 11
12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Big Ten** T-12
13 Harvard Crimson ECAC T-12
14 Providence Friars Hockey East T-14
15 Bowling Green Falcons WCHA 15
16 American International Yellow Jackets Atlantic Hockey** T-31

2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Bids by Conference

Hockey East 3
Big Ten 2
Atlantic Hockey 1
Independent 1

2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Last Four In & First Seven Out

Last Four In
Cornell (ECAC)
Harvard (ECAC)
Providence (Hockey East)
Bowling Green (WCHA)
First Seven Out
Penn State (Big Ten)
Western Michigan (NCHC)
Union (ECAC)
Minnesota (Big Ten)
North Dakota (NCHC)
UMass-Lowell (Hockey East)
Lake Superior (WCHA)

2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Northeast Regional (Manchester)

Pairing 1

1 Massachusetts (Hockey East)
4 Bowling Green (WCHA)

Pairing 2

2 Clarkson (ECAC)
3 Notre Dame (Big Ten)

2019 College Hockey Bracketology: East Regional (Providence)

Pairing 1

1 Minnesota State (WCHA)
4 Harvard (ECAC)

Pairing 2

2 Northeastern (Hockey East)
3 Cornell (ECAC)

2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Midwest Regional (Allentown)

Pairing 1

1 St. Cloud State (NCHC)
4 Providence (Hockey East)

Pairing 2

2 Quinnipiac (ECAC)
3 Arizona State (Ind)

2019 College Hockey Bracketology: West Regional (Fargo)

Pairing 1

1 Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC)
4 American International (AHC)

Pairing 2

2 Denver (NCHC)
3 Ohio State (Big Ten)

2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Side Notes, February 17

As of now, there are three teams from the NCHC on the one line; that’s how it falls in the PWR. They can’t all go to Fargo or Allentown. Since they have to play somewhere, without screwing them on their seeds, we tried to find some best fits. For example, Minnesota-Duluth has had to go out to Worcester before for a regional, though as a low seed. There are a lot of much closer teams in that region. However, if you take them out, you screw someone else, say Denver.

The top two seeds, St. Cloud State and UMass, should get their pick, and the others get what they get.

The good news is that this will change between now and the selection in a month.

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