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NCAA hockey tournament 2015: Bracket, schedule and scores

Providence upset Jack Eichel and Boston University in the title game.

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The 2015 NCAA men's Division I hockey tournament features a fairly even playing field that should result in some serious entertainment.

Boston University will get most of the attention this year thanks to freshman phenom and NHL draft hopeful Jack Eichel, and most of it will be well deserved. The Terriers only won 10 games last season, but Eichel's contributions (24 goals, 66 points in 36 games) propelled them to 25 victories heading into the NCAA tournament. His prowess has been enough to carry them this far, but whether that can continue through to a championship is a huge question.

The rest of the top teams in the field face doubts as well. The RedHawks will be without two of their best players as the tournament begins. North Dakota has been solid, if unspectacular this season. Can they succeed this late in the season? Even Minnesota State, the best team in the NCAA this season, can be exposed if matched up against the wrong team.

Top seeds with question marks usually makes for a thrilling tournament. We'll have to see if that holds true this year.

The format

The tournament consists of 16 qualified teams in four groups across four regions. The winner of each regional will advance to the Frozen Four, and the winners in the Frozen Four will advance to the championship game at TD Garden in Boston.

ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN3 will share most of the tournament's early games, while the Frozen Four will be on ESPN2 and the championship game will feature on ESPN. Every game will be available online on WatchESPN.com.

The teams

Midwest Regional

  1. Minnesota State Mavericks
  2. Omaha Mavericks
  3. Harvard Crimson
  4. RIT Tigers
Northeast Regional
  1. Boston University Terriers
  2. Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs
  3. Minnesota Gophers
  4. Yale Bulldogs
West Regional
  1. North Dakota
  2. Michigan Tech Huskies
  3. St. Cloud State Huskies
  4. Quinnipiac Bobcats
East Regional
  1. Miami (Ohio) RedHawks
  2. Denver Pioneers
  3. Boston College Eagles
  4. Providence Friars


Bracket

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Source: NCAA.com

Schedule and Results (All Times Eastern)

Friday, March 27 (First Round)

No. 3 Boston University 3, Yale 2 (OT)

Minnesota-Duluth 4, Minnesota 1

St. Cloud State 3, Michigan Tech 2 (OT)

North Dakota 4, Quinnipiac 1

Saturday, March 28 (First Round)

Denver 5, Boston College 2

RIT 2, Minnesota State Mankato 1

Boston University 3, Minnesota-Duluth 2

Providence 7, Miami (OH) 5

Omaha 4, Harvard 1

North Dakota 4, St. Cloud State 1

Sunday, March 29 (Quarterfinals)

Providence 4, Denver 1

Omaha 4, RIT 2

Thursday, April 9 (Frozen Four)

Providence 4, Omaha 1

Boston University 5, North Dakota 3

Saturday, April 11 (Championship)
Providence 4, Boston University 3