The 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began in October 2018 and will end with the Frozen Four in April 2019.[1] This is the 72nd season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship will be held, and United States college ice hockey's 124th year overall.


Regular seasonEdit

Overtime rule changesEdit

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a proposal to allow conferences to use one of two alternative formats to award points in their league standings after the mandatory five-on-five, five-minute overtime period.

After a traditional five-minute, five-on-five overtime, conferences may use either a five-minute, three-on-three overtime period and a shootout or only a shootout to award additional conference points. Conferences are not required to use one of the alternative systems and may end play after the five-minute overtime.

During non-conference regular-season games, these alternative options are not permitted, and a game would end in a tie after the traditional five-minute overtime.

In regular-season tournaments that require advancement, a 20-minute sudden death format can be implemented for overtime, instead of the traditional five-minute overtime period. These tournaments also may use the three-on-three and shootout or the standalone shootout format.[2]

Each conference's approach if no goal is scored in the initial five-minute overtime:[3]

  • Atlantic Hockey, ECAC & Hockey East: game ends in tie
  • Big Ten, NCHC & WCHA: Five-minute, three-on-three overtime; if still tied a sudden-death shootout follows

Points Explanation:[4]

  • Atlantic Hockey, ECAC & Hockey East: Teams are awarded two points for each conference win in regulation or five-on-five overtime. Teams are awarded one point for a tie.
  • Big Ten, NCHC & WCHA: Teams are awarded three points for each conference win in regulation or five-on-five overtime. A three-on-three overtime or shootout win is worth two points in the standings while the team that loses the three-on-three overtime/shootout receives just one point. The three-on-three overtime and shootouts only affect conference standings while the game is officially a tie for NCAA purposes.


PairWise RankingsEdit

The PairWise Rankings (PWR) are a statistical tool designed to approximate the process by which the NCAA selection committee decides which teams get at-large bids to the 16-team NCAA tournament. Although the NCAA selection committee does not use the PWR as presented by USCHO, the PWR has been accurate in predicting which teams will make the tournament field.

For Division I men, all teams are included in comparisons starting in the 2013-14 season (formerly, only teams with a Ratings Percentage Index of .500 or above, or teams under consideration, were included). The PWR method compares each team with every other such team, with the winner of each “comparison” earning one PWR point. After all comparisons are made, the points are totaled up and rankings listed accordingly.

With 60 Division I men's teams, the greatest number of PWR points any team could earn is 59, winning the comparison with every other team. Meanwhile, a team that lost all of its comparisons would have no PWR points.

Teams are then ranked by PWR point total, with ties broken by the teams’ RPI ratings, which starting in 2013-14 is weighted for home and road games and includes a quality wins bonus (QWB) for beating teams in the top 20 of the RPI (it also is weighted for home and road).

When it comes to comparing teams, the PWR uses three criteria which are combined to make a comparison: RPI, record against common opponents and head-to-head competition. Starting in 2013-14, the comparison of record against teams under consideration was dropped because all teams are now under comparison.[5]

NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Final PairWise Rankings[6]
Rank Team PWR RPI Conference
1 St. Cloud State 58 .6117* NCHC
1 Minnesota–Duluth 58 .5833 NCHC
3 Minnesota State 57 .5796* WCHA
4 Massachusetts 56 .5763 Hockey East
5 Clarkson 55 .5609* ECAC Hockey
6 Northeastern 54 .5593 Hockey East
7 Quinnipiac 53 .5588* ECAC Hockey
8 Denver 52 .5579 NCHC
9 Ohio State 51 .5550 Big Ten
10 Arizona State 50 .5508 Independent
11 Cornell 49 .5457 ECAC Hockey
12 Notre Dame 47 .5433 Big Ten
12 Harvard 47 .5425 ECAC Hockey
14 Providence 46 .5423 Hockey East
15 Bowling Green 45 .5408* WCHA
16 Penn State 44 .5374 Big Ten
17 Western Michigan 43 .5339 NCHC
17 Union 43 .5338 ECAC Hockey
19 Minnesota 41 .5260 Big Ten
20 North Dakota 40 .5281* NCHC
21 UMass Lowell 39 .5246 Hockey East
22 Lake Superior State 38 .5215* WCHA
23 Colorado College 37 .5131* NCHC
24 Northern Michigan 36 .5120 WCHA
25 Boston University 34 .5101 Hockey East
26 Brown 33 .5115 ECAC Hockey
26 Wisconsin 33 .5083 Big Ten
28 Michigan 31 .5052 Big Ten
28 Maine 31 .5032 Hockey East
30 Yale 30 .5036 ECAC Hockey
31 American International 28 .5012 Atlantic Hockey
31 Michigan State 28 .5003 Big Ten
33 New Hampshire 27 .4936 Hockey East
34 Boston College 26 .4958 Hockey East
35 Bemidji State 25 .4864 WCHA
35 RIT 25 .4849 Atlantic Hockey
37 Dartmouth 22 .4800 ECAC Hockey
37 Miami 22 .4790 NCHC
37 Vermont 22 .4776 Hockey East
40 Bentley 21 .4781 Atlantic Hockey
41 Sacred Heart 20 .4780 Atlantic Hockey
42 Michigan Tech 18 .4748 WCHA
43 Air Force 17 .4745 Atlantic Hockey
44 Princeton 16 .4740 ECAC Hockey
45 Niagara 15 .4738 Atlantic Hockey
45 Connecticut 15 .4713 Hockey East
47 Omaha 13 .4684 NCHC
48 Alaska 12 .4666 WCHA
49 Robert Morris 11 .4625 Atlantic Hockey
50 Colgate 10 .4619 ECAC Hockey
51 Rensselaer 9 .4615 ECAC Hockey
52 Army 8 .4541 Atlantic Hockey
53 Mercyhurst 7 .4515 Atlantic Hockey
53 Canisius 7 .4510 Atlantic Hockey
55 Merrimack 5 .4447 Hockey East
56 Holy Cross 4 .4435 Atlantic Hockey
57 Ferris State 3 .4420 WCHA
58 Alabama–Huntsville 2 .4299 WCHA
59 St. Lawrence 1 .4186 ECAC Hockey
60 Alaska Anchorage 0 .3935 WCHA
*A team's RPI has been adjusted to remove negative effect from defeating a weak opponent
Note: A team's record is based only on games against other Division I hockey schools which are eligible for the NCAA Tournament;[7] PairWise Rankings were last updated March 25, 2019, 12:22pm ET

2019 NCAA TournamentEdit

  Regional Semifinals
March 29–30
Regional Finals
March 30–31
April 11
April 13
1  St. Cloud State (1) 1  
4  American International 2  
  4  American International 0  
  2  Denver 3  
2  Denver 2
3  Ohio State 0  
  W2  Denver 3  
  NE1  Massachusetts (4) 4*  
1  Massachusetts (4) 4  
4  Harvard 0  
  1  Massachusetts (4) 4
  3  Notre Dame 0  
2  Clarkson 2
3  Notre Dame 3*  
  NE1  Massachusetts (4) 0
  MW1  Minnesota–Duluth (2) 3
1  Minnesota–Duluth (2) 2*  
4  Bowling Green 1  
  1  Minnesota–Duluth (2) 3
  2  Quinnipiac 1  
2  Quinnipiac 2
3  Arizona State 1  
  MW1  Minnesota–Duluth (2) 4
  E4  Providence 1  
1  Minnesota State (3) 3  
4  Providence 6  
  4  Providence 4
  3  Cornell 0  
2  Northeastern 1
3  Cornell 5  

Note: * denotes overtime period

Player statsEdit

Scoring leaders[8]Edit

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
Limoges, AlexAlex Limoges Sophomore Penn State 39 23 27 50 10
Hirose, TaroTaro Hirose Junior Michigan State 36 15 35 50 14
Makar, CaleCale Makar Sophomore Massachusetts 41 16 33 49 31
Newell, PatrickPatrick Newell Senior St. Cloud State 39 21 26 47 8
Duszak, JosephJoseph Duszak Junior Mercyhurst 37 16 31 47 42
Christensen, BlakeBlake Christensen Junior American International 41 16 31 47 22
Pritchard, JacobJacob Pritchard Senior Massachusetts 41 16 31 47 8
Wilkins, JoshJosh Wilkins Junior Providence 40 20 26 46 10
Pitlick, RemRem Pitlick Junior Minnesota 38 21 24 45 30
Sturm, NicoNico Sturm Junior Clarkson 39 14 31 45 33
Fox, AdamAdam Fox Junior Harvard 32 9 36 45 14

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders lead the NCAA in goals against average.[8]
GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Class Team GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Shortridge, AndrewAndrew Shortridge Junior Quinnipiac 27 1544:39 18 7 2 39 4 .940 1.51
Lindberg, FilipFilip Lindberg Freshman Massachusetts 17 939:31 11 4 0 25 4 .934 1.60
McKay, DrydenDryden McKay Freshman Minnesota State 34 2011:26 24 7 2 59 4 .927 1.76
Sheppard, HunterHunter Sheppard Junior Minnesota–Duluth 42 2556:19 29 11 2 75 7 .923 1.76
Bednard, RyanRyan Bednard Junior Bowling Green 32 1961:52 20 8 4 58 3 .927 1.77
Galajda, MatthewMatthew Galajda Sophomore Cornell 27 1591:50 16 7 3 48 5 .923 1.81
Cooley, DevinDevin Cooley Sophomore Denver 20 1169:27 11 6 2 36 4 .934 1.85
Nappier, TommyTommy Nappier Sophomore Ohio State 20 1160:38 12 4 3 36 4 .934 1.86
Hawkey, HaydenHayden Hawkey Senior Providence 41 2463:31 24 12 5 75 8 .921 1.88
Kielly, JakeJake Kielly Junior Clarkson 39 2325:53 26 11 2 74 5 .929 1.91



Award Recipient
Hobey Baker Award Cale Makar, Massachusetts
Spencer Penrose Award Greg Carvel, Massachusetts
Tim Taylor Award Joel Farabee, Boston University
Mike Richter Award Cayden Primeau, Northeastern
Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award Brendon Kearney, Ohio State
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Kyle Haak, Air Force
Tournament Most Outstanding Player Parker Mackay, Minnesota-Duluth
AHCA All-American Teams[9]
East First Team   Position   West First Team
Cayden Primeau, Northeastern G Hunter Shepard, Minnesota–Duluth
Cale Makar, Massachusetts D Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud State
Adam Fox, Harvard D Quinn Hughes, Michigan
Nico Sturm, Clarkson F Rem Pitlick, Minnesota
Ryan Kuffner, Princeton F Patrick Newell, St. Cloud State
Mitchell Chaffee, Massachusetts F Taro Hirose, Michigan State
East Second Team   Position   West Second Team
Andrew Shortridge, Quinnipiac G Joey Daccord, Arizona State
Joseph Duszak, Mercyhurst D Scott Perunovich, Minnesota–Duluth
Jeremy Davies, Northeastern D Bobby Nardella, Notre Dame
D Jack Ahcan, St. Cloud State
Josh Wilkins, Providence F Troy Loggins, Northern Michigan
David Cotton, Boston College F Blake Lizotte, St. Cloud State
Blake Christensen, American International F Mason Jobst, Ohio State

Atlantic HockeyEdit

Award Recipient
Player of the Year Joseph Duszak, Mercyhurst
Rookie of the Year Ludwig Stenlund, Niagara
Best Defensive Forward Joshua Lammon, Mercyhurst
Best Defenseman Joseph Duszak, Mercyhurst
Individual Sportsmanship Award Dylan McLaughlin, Canisius
Regular Season Scoring Trophy Blake Christensen, American International
Regular Season Goaltending Award Billy Christopoulos, Air Force
Coach of the Year Eric Lang, American International
Tournament MVP Zackarias Skog, American International
All-Atlantic Hockey Teams[10][11][12]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Billy Christopoulos, Air Force G Aidan Pelino, Bentley
Joseph Duszak, Mercyhurst D Tanner Jago, Bentley
Brennan Kapcheck, American International D Dalton MacAfee, Army
Derek Barach, Mercyhurst F Abbott Girduckis, RIT
Blake Christensen, American International F Luke Santerno, Bentley
Dylan McLaughlin, Cansius F Alex Tonge, Robert Morris
Third Team   Position   Rookie Team
Francis Marotte, Robert Morris G Josh Benson, Sacred Heart
Adam Brubacher, RIT D Josh McDougall, Mercyhurst
Noah Delmas, Niagara D Matt Slick, Holy Cross
Erik Brown, RIT F Austin Magera, Sacred Heart
Jonathan Desbiens, Bentley F Ludwig Stenlund, Niagara
Austin Magera, Sacred Heart F Anthony Vincent, Holy Cross
Ludwig Stenlund, Niagara F

Big TenEdit

Award Recipient
Player of the Year Taro Hirose, Michigan State
Defensive Player of the Year Sasha Larocque, Ohio State
Goaltender of the Year Tommy Nappier, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year Sammy Walker, Minnesota
Scoring Champion Taro Hirose, Michigan State
Coach of the Year Steve Rohlik, Ohio State
Tournament Most Outstanding Player Cale Morris, Notre Dame
All-Big Ten Teams[13]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Tommy Nappier, Ohio State G Cale Morris, Notre Dame
Quinn Hughes, Michigan D Sasha Larocque, Ohio State
Bobby Nardella, Notre Dame D Wyatt Kalynuk, Wisconsin
Taro Hirose, Michigan State F Patrick Khodorenko, Michigan State
Rem Pitlick, Minnesota F Tyler Sheehy, Minnesota
Nick Schilkey, Ohio State F
Honorable Mention   Position   Freshman Team
Mat Robson, Minnesota G Drew DeRidder, Michigan State
Cole Hults, Penn State D Dennis Cesana, Michigan State
K'Andre Miller, Wisconsin D K'Andre Miller, Wisconsin
Zach Osburn, Michigan State D
Brandon Biro, Penn State F Michael Graham, Notre Dame
Tanner Laczynski, Ohio State F Sammy Walker, Minnesota
Mitchell Lewandowski, Michigan State F Gustaf Westlund, Ohio State
Will Lockwood, Michigan F
Dylan Malmquist, Notre Dame F


Award Recipient
Player of the Year Adam Fox, Harvard
Best Defensive Forward Nico Sturm, Clarkson
Best Defensive Defenseman Matt Nuttle, Cornell
Rookie of the Year Casey Dornbach, Harvard
Ken Dryden Award Andrew Shortridge, Quinnipiac
Student-Athlete of the Year Devin Brosseau, Clarkson
Tim Taylor Award Casey Jones, Clarkson
Most Outstanding Player in Tournament Devin Brosseau, Clarkson
All-ECAC Hockey Teams[14]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Andrew Shortridge, Quinnipiac G Jake Kielly, Clarkson
Adam Fox, Harvard D Yanni Kaldis, Cornell
Chase Priskie, Quinnipiac D Aaron Thow, Clarkson
Morgan Barron, Cornell F Haralds Egle, Clarkson
Ryan Kuffner, Princeton F Odeen Tufto, Quinnipiac
Joe Snively, Yale F Max Véronneau, Princeton
Third Team   Position   Rookie Team
Matthew Galajda, Cornell G Owen Savory, RPI
Josh Teves, Princeton D Peter DiLiberatore, Quinnipiac
Reilly Walsh, Harvard D Jack Rathbone, Harvard
Cam Donaldson, Cornell F Wyatt Bongiovanni, Quinnipiac
Cole Maier, Union F Casey Dornbach, Harvard
Bobby McMann , Colgate F Jack Drury, Harvard

Hockey EastEdit

Award Recipient
Player of the Year Cale Makar, Massachusetts
Best Defensive Forward Chase Pearson, Maine
Best Defensive Defenseman Vincent Desharnais, Providence
Rookie of the Year Joel Farabee, Boston University
Goaltending Champions Cayden Primeau, Northeastern
Len Ceglarski Sportmanship Award Jacob Bryson, Providence
Three Stars Award Cayden Primeau, Northeastern
Scoring Champion Mitchell Chaffee, Massachusetts
Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award UMass Lowell
Bob Kullen Award (Coach of the Year) Greg Carvel, Massachusetts
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player Cayden Primeau, Northeastern
Hockey East All-Star Teams[15][16][17]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Cayden Primeau, Northeastern G Stefanos Lekkas, Vermont
Jeremy Davies, Northeastern D Jacob Bryson, Providence
Cale Makar, Massachusetts D Dante Fabbro, Boston University
Mitchell Chaffee, Massachusetts F John Leonard, Massachusetts
David Cotton, Boston College F Chase Pearson, Maine
Josh Wilkins, Providence F Jacob Pritchard, Massachusetts
Third Team   Position   Rookie Team
Jeremy Swayman, Maine G Tomáš Vomáčka, Connecticut
Marc Del Gaizo, Massachusetts D Marc Del Gaizo, Massachusetts
Mario Ferraro, Massachusetts D
Brady Keeper, Maine D
Brandon Duhaime, Providence F Jack Dugan, Providence
Karl El-Mir, Connecticut F Joel Farabee, Boston University
Mitchell Fossier, Maine F Chase Gresock, Merrimack
F Tyler Madden, Northeastern
Honorable Mention   Position    
Hayden Hawkey, Providence G
Casey Fitzgerald, Boston College D
Tyler Madden, Northeastern F


Award Recipient
Player of the Year Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud State
Rookie of the Year Taylor Ward, Omaha
Goaltender of the Year Hunter Shepard, Minnesota–Duluth
Forward of the Year Patrick Newell, St. Cloud State
Defensive Defenseman of the Year Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud State
Offensive Defenseman of the Year Scott Perunovich, Minnesota–Duluth
Defensive Forward of the Year Justin Richards, Minnesota–Duluth
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Mason Bergh, Colorado College
Three Stars Award Hunter Shepard, Minnesota–Duluth
Sportsmanship Award Patrick Newell, St. Cloud State
Herb Brooks Coach of the Year Brett Larson, St. Cloud State
Frozen Faceoff MVP Hunter Shepard, Minnesota–Duluth
All-NCHC Teams[18][19]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Hunter Shepard, Minnesota–Duluth G Dávid Hrenák, St. Cloud State
Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud State D Ian Mitchell, Denver
Scott Perunovich, Minnesota–Duluth D Jack Ahcan, St. Cloud State
Patrick Newell, St. Cloud State F Hugh McGing, Western Michigan
Ryan Poehling, St. Cloud State F Justin Richards, Minnesota–Duluth
Blake Lizotte, St. Cloud State F Mason Morelli, Omaha
Honorable Mention   Position   Rookie Team
Alex Leclerc, Colorado College G Adam Scheel, North Dakota
Filip Larsson, Denver G Filip Larsson, Denver
Colton Poolman, North Dakota D Bryan Yoon, Colorado College
Mikey Anderson, Minnesota–Duluth D Nick Perbix, St. Cloud State
Trey Bradley, Colorado College F Noah Cates, Minnesota–Duluth
Nick Swaney, Minnesota–Duluth F Taylor Ward, Omaha
F Nolan Walker, St. Cloud State


Award Recipient
Player of the Year Troy Loggins, Northern Michigan
Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Max Coatta, Minnesota State
Defensive Player of the Year Philip Beaulieu, Northern Michigan
Rookie of the Year Cooper Zech, Ferris State
Scoring Champion Troy Loggins, Northern Michigan
Goaltender of the Year Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan
Coach of the Year Mike Hastings, Minnesota State
Most Valuable Player in Tournament
All-WCHA Hockey Teams[20][21]
First Team   Position   Second Team
Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan G Dryden McKay, Minnesota State
Philip Beaulieu, Northern Michigan D Justin Baudry, Bemidji State
Cooper Zech, Ferris State D Alec Rauhauser, Bowling Green
Diego Cuglietta, Lake Superior State F Brandon Kruse, Bowling Green
Troy Loggins, Northern Michigan F Adam Rockwood, Northern Michigan
Marc Michaelis, Minnesota State F Parker Tuomie, Minnesota State
Third Team   Position   Rookie Team
Ryan Bednard, Bowling Green G Dryden McKay, Minnesota State
Connor Mackey, Minnesota State D Chris Jandric, Alaska
Ian Scheid, Minnesota State D Cooper Zech, Ferris State
Max Humitz, Lake Superior State F Ashton Calder, Minnesota State
Steven Jandric, Alaska F Brian Halonen, Michigan Tech
Anthony Nellis, Lake Superior State F Julian Napravnik, Minnesota State
F Owen Sillinger, Bemidji State


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