The 2017 NCAA hockey tournament begins Friday, March 24, when the country’s 16 best teams fight for a national title. Denver, Harvard, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota earned the top seeds.
Three Big Ten teams made the field, including Penn State for the first time in program history.
Below find the full bracket and schedule for the 2017 NCAA hockey tournament.
2017 NCAA hockey tournament bracket
2017 NCAA hockey tournament schedule
Friday, March 24
North Dakota vs. Boston University, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Harvard vs. Providence, 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Minnesota-Duluth vs. Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Air Force vs. Western Michigan, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Saturday, March 25
Cornell vs. UMass Lowell, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Denver vs. Michigan Tech, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Minnesota vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Penn State vs. Union, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3
2017 NCAA hockey tournament preview, Penn State
Penn State hockey has recorded so many firsts in program history this season. The quest for a first NCAA Tournament victory and first trip to the Frozen Four will take place in Cincinnati.
The 2017 NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament field was announced Sunday, and Penn State is a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional. The Nittany Lions will face No. 2 seed Union.
Penn State (24-11-2) spent the past few weeks on the bubble for the 2017 NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament, but they erased any subjectivity by winning the Big Ten Tournament and earning the conference’s automatic bid into the 16-team tournament.
It was a wild weekend at Joe Louis Arena. Penn State went to Detroit after losing two games at Michigan to close the regular season. The Nittany Lions were seeded fourth, and faced No. 5 Michigan in the first round.
After dispatching the Wolverines, Penn State needed double overtime Friday to upset No. 1 seed Minnesota and double overtime again Saturday to knock off Wisconsin in the championship game. By winning the three games this past weekend, Penn State climbed to No. 9 in the PairWise rankings
This is only the fifth season in Division I for the Penn State program, but there have been plenty of firsts and records broken in 2016-17. The Nittany Lions started the season 17-2-1, and reached the No. 1 spot in the major polls for the first time in the program’s brief history.
Freshman Denis Smirnov leads the team with 45 points in 37 games. He set a program record for points in a season, and leads all freshmen in the nation. Sophomore Vince Pedrie became the first Penn State defenseman to earn first team All-Big Ten honors. Freshman goaltender Peyton Jones earned MVP honors in the conference tournament after stopping 118 of 123 shots in the three games.