DENVER - The University of Denver ice hockey team was slotted as the No. 3 seed in the Northeast Regional of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, it was announced during the unveiling of the 16-team bracket Sunday night on ESPNU.
The Pioneers (20-13-5), who have claimed seven previous NCAA Division I National Championships in their history, will open NCAA play vs. No. 2 seed New Hampshire (19-11-7) at the Verizon Wireless Arena (9,852) in Manchester, N.H., on Friday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. (MT). The game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU.
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No. 1 seed UMass-Lowell (26-10-2) and No. 4 seed Wisconsin (22-12-7) will square off the other Northeast Regional Semifinal at 2:30 p.m. (MT).
Friday’s semifinal winners will advance to Saturday’s Northeast Regional Championship which will begin at 6:30 p.m. (ET) and be televised live on ESPNU. The winner of Saturday’s game will earn a spot in the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four, which is scheduled to be held at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on April 11-13.
The Pioneers have faced each of the three other teams that were placed in the Northeast Regional. Denver dropped a 6-4 decision at home against New Hampshire on Nov. 24 and beat Umass-Lowell at Magness Arena 5-1 in its season opener on Oct. 19. Wisconsin posted a 3-1 victory and a 1-1 tie in its two-game visit to Denver on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Denver will be making its sixth consecutive NCAA appearance and its 24th overall. The Pioneers received at at-large bid after finishing fifth overall in the WCHA regular season standings. Denver owns a 27-19 (.587) mark all-time in NCAA Tournament action and has advanced to the national semifinals 14 previous times in its history.
The Pioneers currently boast a record of 20-13-5, which included a mark of 14-9-5 in WCHA action. Denver has secured a 20-win season for the 12th consecutive year, which is the longest current stretch nationally.
The winner of the Northeast Regional will take on the winner of the West Regional, which runs March 29-30 in Grand Rapids, Mich. In the West Regional, No. 1 seed Minnesota (26-8-5) meets No. 4 seed Yale (18-12-3), and No. 2 seed North Dakota (21-12-7) plays No. 3 Niagara (23-9-5).
No. 1 overall seed Quinnipiac (27-7-5) meets No. 4 seed Canisius (19-18-5), and No. 2 seed Boston College (22-11-4) plays No. 3 seed Union (N.Y.) (21-12-5) at the Northeast Regional in Providence, R.I., on March 30-31.
In the Midwest Regional, also on March 30-31, Notre Dame (25—12-3) holds the No. 1 seed, while No. 2 seed Miami (Ohio) (24-11-5), No. 3 seed Minnesota State (24-13-3) and No. 4 seed St. Cloud State (23-15-1) round out the bracket.
Pioneer fans are encouraged to contact DU Director of Box Office Operations Darren Duplechin at 303-871-3573 or Darren.Duplechin@du.edu for Midwest Regional ticket information.