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1978 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
Season 1977–78
Teams 6
Finals Site Providence Civic Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Champions Boston University Terriers (3rd title, 5th title game,
13th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Boston College Eagles (3rd title game,
11th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Bowling Green Falcons (1st Frozen Four)
Wisconsin Badgers (5th Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Jack Parker (1st title)
MOP Jack O'Callahan Boston University
Attendance 32,573
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
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The 1978 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1977–78 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 31st such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 18 and 25, 1978, and concluded with Boston University defeating Boston College 5-3. The first round games were held at the home team venue while all succeeding games were played at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Qualifying teams[1]Edit

The NCAA gave four teams automatic bids into the tournament. The two ECAC teams that reached the ECAC tournament final received bids as did the two WCHA co-champions. The NCAA also had the ability to add up to 4 additional teams as it saw fit and chose to include the CCHA tournament champion as well as Boston University who had lost only two games prior to the tournament (the second being in the ECAC semifinal). This was the only time in the four years this format was used that an additional eastern team was added to the tournament. Because Colorado College entered the tournament with a losing record Bowling Green was given the honor of hosting the western first round game instead.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston College ECAC Hockey 23–9–0 Tournament champion 11th 1973 1 Wisconsin WCHA 28–10–3 Tournament co-champion 5th 1977
2 Providence ECAC Hockey 17–14–2 Tournament finalist 2nd 1964 2 Colorado College WCHA 18–21–1 Tournament co-champion 8th 1957
East At-Large West At-Large
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
A2 Boston University ECAC Hockey 27–2–0 At-Large 13th 1977 A1 Bowling Green CCHA 29–7–0 Tournament champion 2nd 1977

FormatEdit

The four automatic qualifiers were seeded according to pre-tournament finish. The ECAC champion was seeded as the top eastern team while the WCHA co-champion that finished highest in the regular season was given the top western seed. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. Because an at-large bid was offered to a western school they were placed in a first round game with the second western seed to determine the final semifinalist. The first round game was played at the home venue of the second seed while all succeeding games were played at the Providence Civic Center. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game and the losers playing in a consolation game.

Tournament Bracket[2]Edit

  First Round
March 18–19
    Semifinals
March 23–24
    National Championship
March 25
                           
        E1 Boston College 6  
  W2 Colorado College 3     A1 Bowling Green 2    
  A1 Bowling Green 5         E1 Boston College 3
      A2 Boston University 5
        W1 Wisconsin 2    
  E2 Providence 3     A2 Boston University 5   Third Place Game
  A2 Boston University 5   W1 Wisconsin 3
  A1 Bowling Green 4

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First RoundEdit

(A1) Bowling Green vs. (W2) Colorado CollegeEdit


(E2) Providence vs. (A2) Boston UniversityEdit


SemifinalEdit

(W1) Wisconsin vs. (A2) Boston UniversityEdit


(E1) Boston College vs. (A1) Bowling GreenEdit


Third Place GameEdit

(W1) Wisconsin vs. (A1) Bowling GreenEdit


National ChampionshipEdit

(E1) Boston College vs. (A2) Boston UniversityEdit


All-Tournament Team[4]Edit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NCAA Division 1 Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. 
  2. "NCAA Tournament", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on May 19, 2013. 
  3. "Boston University Championship Teams", Boston University Terriers. Retrieved on 2017-02-26. 
  4. "NCAA Frozen Four Records", NCAA.org. Retrieved on 2013-06-19. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. 
  5. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. 
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