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Road to the Frozen Four: March 12

Monday, 03.12.2012 / 10:29 PM / Bolts Report
By Dan Marrazza
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Road to the Frozen Four: March 12
The 2012 NCAA Frozen Four at Tampa Bay Times Forum is now less than a month away, and the races for the four coveted spots are heating up.

With the regular season now over, the country’s five major conferences are in the midst of their playoffs, with each conference champion being guaranteed a spot in the NCAA tournament’s field of 16. After the five conference champions are granted automatic tournament berths, the remaining spots will be awarded to the country’s top 11 remaining teams who did not win their conference tournaments.

Once the field of 16 is decided, the field will be broken up into four regional subgroups, with the winner of each regional tournament advancing to The Frozen Four in Tampa Bay in April.

Tournaments In Progress:

Atlantic Hockey Association | Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York

3/16 Mercyhurst vs. Air Force, 4:05 p.m.
3/16 RIT vs. Niagara, 60 minutes after completion of Semifinal 1

3/17 Atlantic Hockey Championship Game, 7:05 p.m.


Central Collegiate Hockey Association | Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan

3/16 Miami vs. Western Michigan, 4:35 p.m.
3/16 Bowling Green vs. Michigan, 8:05 p.m.

3/17 Central Collegiate Hockey Association Championship Game, 7:35 p.m.


Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference | Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey

3/16 Colgate vs. Union, 4:30 p.m.
3/16 Harvard vs. Cornell, 7:00 p.m.

3/17 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Game, 7:35 p.m.


Western Collegiate Hockey Association | Thursday, March 15 - Saturday, March 17 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul

3/15 Minnesota Michigan Tech vs. Denver, 2:07 p.m.
3/15 St. Cloud State vs. North Dakota, 7:07 p.m.

3/16 Michigan State/Denver vs. Minnesota Duluth, 2:07 p.m.
3/16 St. Cloud State/North Dakota vs. Minnesota, 7:07 p.m.

3/17 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship Game, 7:07 p.m.


Hockey East Association | Friday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts

3/16 Providence College vs. Boston College, 5:00 p.m.
3/16 Maine vs. Boston University, 8:00 p.m.

3/17 Hockey East Association Championship Game


Overall NCAA Rankings (As of 3/12/12):

1. Boston College (27-10-1)
2. Minnesota-Duluth (24-8-6)
3. Michigan (23-11-4)
4. Minnesota (26-12-1)
5. Boston University (23-13-1)
6. Union (22-7-7)
7. Miami (23-13-2)
8. Ferris State (23-11-5)
9. Denver (23-12-4)
10. Massachusetts-Lowell (23-12-1)
11. Maine (22-12-3)
12. North Dakota (22-12-3)
13. Cornell (17-7-7)
14. Western Michigan (19-13-6)
15. Merrimack (18-12-7)
16. Michigan State (19-15-4)
17. Air Force (19-10-7)
18. Notre Dame (19-18-3)
19. Harvard (12-9-11)
20. Colgate (19-15-3)