For Immediate Release --
The bracket is set and the field has been announced for the 2018 NCAA Men's Division III Men's Ice Hockey tournament, and it features a 7-5 East/West split with three of the four first round games slated to be held in the East Region.
|MASCAC champion Fitchburg State is one of three teams in this year's field that will be making its first NCAA tournament appearance.
Photo: Fitchburg State Athletics
Augsburg, Colby, Fitchburg State, Hobart, Nichols, St. Norbert, and SUNY Geneseo all received automatic qualifier bids as winners of their respective conference tournaments. This year's tournament appearance marks the first for Fitchburg State
Five at-large berths were also awarded and were claimed by UW-Stevens Point, Adrian, Salve Regina, University of New England, and Marian. University of New England and Marian will also be making their first tournament appearances.
Four opening round games are slated for Saturday, March 10, and will feature Marian at Augsburg, Fitchburg State at Nichols, Colby at University of New England, and SUNY Geneseo at Hobart.
In the quarterfinals, scheduled for Saturday, March 17, two West Region quarterfinals will feature the Augsburg/Marian winner at St. Norbert and UW-Stevens Point at Adrian. In the East, the Nichols/Fitchburg State winner will play at Salve Regina while the University of New England/Colby winner will face off against the Hobart/SUNY Geneseo winner.
In the Frozen Four, to be held at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. on March 23 & 24, the winner of the St. Norbert section will meet the winner of the University of New England section, while the winner of the Salve Regina section section will face off against the winner of the Adrian quarterfinal.
Opening Round - Saturday, March 10
Marian @ Augsburg
Fitchburg State at @ Nichols
Colby @ University of New England
SUNY Geneseo @ Hobart
Quarterfinals - Saturday, March 17
Marian/Augsburg @ St. Norbert
UW-Stevens Point @ Adrian
Nichols/Fitchburg State @ Salve Regina
Colby/University of New England v. Hobart/SUNY Geneseo