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2012 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
2012FrozenFour
2012 Frozen Four logo
Season 2011–12
Teams 16
Finals Site Tampa Bay Times Forum
Tampa, Florida
Champions Boston College Eagles (5th title, 11th title game,
23rd Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Ferris State Bulldogs (1st title game,
1st Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Union Dutchmen (1st Frozen Four)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (20th Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Jerry York (Fifth title)
MOP Parker Milner Boston College
Attendance 127,640
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
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The 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament involved sixteen schools in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey for the 2011–12 season. The tournament began on March 23, 2012 with regional semifinals and ended on April 7 with the national championship game.[1] The Boston College Eagles won their third national championship in five years, beating the Ferris State Bulldogs, 4–1, in the championship game. BC won nineteen consecutive games to end the season. It is the fifth title for both the program and head coach Jerry York – York previously coached Bowling Green to a championship in 1984.

Tournament procedureEdit

The four regionals are officially named after their geographic areas. The following are the sites for the 2012 regionals:[1]

March 23 and 24
East Regional, Webster Bank ArenaBridgeport, Connecticut (Hosts: Yale University and Fairfield University)
Midwest Regional, Resch CenterGreen Bay, Wisconsin (Host: Michigan Technological University)
March 24 and 25
Northeast Regional, DCU CenterWorcester, Massachusetts (Host: College of the Holy Cross)
West Regional, Xcel Energy CenterSaint Paul, Minnesota (Host: University of Minnesota)

Each regional winner will advance to the Frozen Four:[1]

April 5 and 7
Tampa Bay Times ForumTampa, Florida (Hosts: University of Alabama in Huntsville and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission)

Qualifying teamsEdit

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced on March 18.[2] The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) had five teams receive a berth in the tournament, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and Hockey East had four teams receive a berth, ECAC Hockey had two teams receive a berth, and Atlantic Hockey had one team receive a berth.

East Regional – Bridgeport Midwest Regional – Green Bay
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Union (3) ECAC Hockey 24–7–7 Tournament champion 1 Michigan (2) CCHA 24–12–4 At-large bid
2 Miami (OH) CCHA 24–14–2 At-large bid 2 Ferris State CCHA 23–11–5 At-large bid
3 Massachusetts–Lowell Hockey East 23–12–1 At-large bid 3 Denver WCHA 25–13–4 At-large bid
4 Michigan State CCHA 19–15–4 At-large bid 4 Cornell ECAC Hockey 18–8–7 At-large bid
Northeast Regional – Worcester West Regional – Saint Paul
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Boston College (1) Hockey East 29–10–1 Tournament champion 1 North Dakota (4) WCHA 25–12–3 Tournament champion
2 Minnesota–Duluth WCHA 24–9–6 At-large bid 2 Minnesota WCHA 26–13–1 At-large bid
3 Maine Hockey East 23–13–3 At-large bid 3 Boston University Hockey East 23–14–1 At-large bid
4 Air Force Atlantic Hockey 21–10–7 Tournament champion 4 Western Michigan CCHA 21–13–6 Tournament champion

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

RegionalsEdit

East Regional – Bridgeport, ConnecticutEdit

  Regional Semifinals
March 23
Regional Final
March 24
                 
1 Union 3  
4 Michigan State 1  
    1 Union 4
  3 Massachusetts–Lowell 2
3 Massachusetts–Lowell 4*
2 Miami (OH) 3  
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

All times are local (UTC−4).

Regional SemifinalsEdit

March 23, 2012
3:00pm
(4) Michigan State 1–3
(0–1, 1–1, 0–1)
(1) Union Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport
Attendance: 5,090
March 23, 2012
6:30pm
(3) Massachusetts–Lowell 4 – 3 OT
(2–0, 1–0, 0–3, 1–0)
(2) Miami (OH) Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport
Attendance: 5,090

Regional FinalEdit

March 24, 2012
6:30pm
(3) Massachusetts–Lowell 2–4
(0–1, 1–2, 1–1)
(1) Union Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport
Attendance: 5,328

Midwest Regional – Green Bay, WisconsinEdit

ReschCenterEntrance

Midwest Regional games were played at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

  Regional Semifinals
March 23
Regional Final
March 24
                 
1 Michigan 2  
4 Cornell 3*  
    4 Cornell 1
  2 Ferris State 2
3 Denver 1
2 Ferris State 2  

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
All times are local (UTC−5).

Regional SemifinalsEdit

March 23, 2012
4:30pm
(3) Denver 1–2
(0–0, 0–1, 1–1)
(2) Ferris State Resch Center, Green Bay
Attendance: 3,465
March 23, 2012
8:00pm
(4) Cornell 3 – 2 OT
(1–1, 1–0, 0–1, 1–0)
(1) Michigan Resch Center, Green Bay
Attendance: 3,465

Regional FinalEdit

March 24, 2012
8:00pm
(4) Cornell 1–2
(0–0, 0–0, 1–2)
(2) Ferris State Resch Center, Green Bay
Attendance: 3,108

West Regional – Saint Paul, MinnesotaEdit

  Regional Semifinals
March 24
Regional Final
March 25
                 
1 North Dakota 3  
4 Western Michigan 1  
    1 North Dakota 2
  2 Minnesota 5
3 Boston University 3
2 Minnesota 7  
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

All times are local (UTC−5).

Regional SemifinalsEdit

March 24, 2012
12:30 pm
(4) Western Michigan 1–3
(0–1, 1–1, 0–1)
(1) North Dakota Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul
Attendance: 9,386
March 24, 2012
4:00 pm
(3) Boston University 3–7
(0–1, 2–3, 1–3)
(2) Minnesota Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul
Attendance: 9,386

Regional FinalEdit

March 25, 2012
4:30 pm
(2) Minnesota 5–2
(1–0, 3–1, 1–1)
(1) North Dakota Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul
Attendance: 10,974

Northeast Regional – Worcester, MassachusettsEdit

  Regional Semifinals
March 24
Regional Final
March 25
                 
1 Boston College 2  
4 Air Force 0  
    1 Boston College 4
  2 Minnesota-Duluth 0
3 Maine 2
2 Minnesota–Duluth 5  
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

All times are local (UTC−4).

Regional SemifinalsEdit

March 24, 2012
4:00 pm
(4) Air Force 0–2
(0–1, 0–0, 0–1)
(1) Boston College DCU Center, Worcester
Attendance: 5,925
March 24, 2012
7:30 pm
(3) Maine 2–5
(1–0, 1–3, 0–2)
(2) Minnesota–Duluth DCU Center, Worcester
Attendance: 5,925

Regional FinalEdit

March 25, 2012
8:00 pm
(2) Minnesota-Duluth 0–4
(0–0, 0–2, 0–2)
(1) Boston College DCU Center, Worcester
Attendance: 4,470

Frozen Four – Tampa, FloridaEdit

  National Semifinals
April 5
National Championship
April 7
                 
NE1 Boston College 6  
W2 Minnesota 1  
    NE1 Boston College 4
  MW2 Ferris State 1
E1 Union 1
MW2 Ferris State 3  

National SemifinalsEdit

April 5, 2012
4:30 pm
Union 1–3
(0–0, 1–1, 0–2)
Ferris State Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa
Attendance: 18,605
April 5, 2012
8:00 pm
Boston College 6–1
(1–0, 3–0, 2–1)
Minnesota Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa
Attendance: 18,605

National ChampionshipEdit

April 7, 2012
7:00 pm
Boston College 4–1
(2–1, 0–0, 2–0)
Ferris State Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa
Attendance: 18,818

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

ESPN had US television rights to all games during the tournament.[3] For the eighth consecutive year ESPN aired every game, beginning with the regionals, on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, and ESPN3. They also streamed them online via WatchESPN.

Broadcast AssignmentsEdit

Regionals

Frozen Four & Championship

  • Gary Thorne, Barry Melrose, & Clay Matvick – Tampa, Florida

RadioEdit

Dial Global Sports used exclusive radio rights to air both the semifinals and the championship, AKA the "Frozen Four."[4]

All-Tournament TeamEdit

Frozen FourEdit

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "2012 Regional Sites: Bridgeport, Worcester, Green Bay, St. Paul", U.S. College Hockey Online, 2010-06-28. Retrieved on 2011-12-18. 
  2. "Boston College, Michigan, Union, North Dakota get No. 1 seeds for 2012 NCAA tournament", USCHO.com, March 18, 2012. Retrieved on March 18, 2012. 
  3. Margolis, Rachel (December 15, 2011). ESPN and NCAA® Extend Rights Agreement through 2023–24. ESPN. Retrieved on 15 Dec 2011.
  4. NCAA, Westwood One extend deal. NCAA (January 13, 2011). Retrieved on 12 May 2013.
  5. "NCAA Division I Awards", College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved on 2013-07-17. 
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