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 17, 2019
2019 College Hockey Bracketology: S-Curve
|1||St. Cloud State Huskies||NCHC*||T-1|
|2||Massachusetts Minutemen||Hockey East*||T-1|
|3||Minnesota State Mavericks||WCHA*||3|
|6||Ohio State Buckeyes||Big Ten*||6|
|8||Northeastern Huskies||Hockey East||8|
|9||Clarkson Golden Knights||ECAC||9|
|10||Arizona State Sun Devils||Independent||10|
|11||Providence Friars||Hockey East||T-11|
|13||Cornell Big Red||ECAC*||13|
|14||Bowling Green Falcons||WCHA||14|
|15||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||Big Ten||15|
|16||American International Yellow Jackets||Atlantic Hockey*||34|
2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Bids by Conference
2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Last Four In & First Seven Out
|Last Four In|
|Providence (Hockey East)|
|Bowling Green (WCHA)|
|Notre Dame (Big Ten)|
|First Seven Out|
|Western Michigan (NCHC)|
|Penn State (Big Ten)|
|UMass-Lowell (Hockey East)|
|Minnesota (Big Ten)|
|North Dakota (NCHC)|
|Lake Superior (WCHA)|
2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Northeast Regional (Manchester)
|1||Massachusetts (Hockey East)|
|4||Notre Dame (Big Ten)|
|2||Ohio State (Big Ten)|
|3||Providence (Hockey East)|
2019 College Hockey Bracketology: East Regional (Providence)
|4||Bowling Green (WCHA)|
|3||Arizona State (Ind)|
2019 College Hockey Bracketology: Midwest Regional (Allentown)
|1||Minnesota State (WCHA)|
2019 College Hockey Bracketology: West Regional (Fargo)
|1||St. Cloud State (NCHC)|
|4||American International (AHC)|
|2||Northeastern (Hockey East)|
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.