While the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament Selection Show is currently airing on ESPNU, ESPN themselves scooped the show by posting the matchups and airtimes for each of the eight first-round games, thereby effectively releasing the bracket early.
ESPN posted the streams. We're headed to Loveland pic.twitter.com/HDnpYTju7W
— River Hawk Rack (@RiverHawkRack) March 20, 2022
We already knew #1-seed Denver would play in Loveland, the regional they are hosting, and now we know for sure that they will play #4 seed and #13 overall UMass-Lowell in the first round, as expected after last night’s chaos. That game will take place Thursday night at 7pm at the Budweiser Events Center. The other first-round game in Loveland will be Minnesota Duluth – the only team to beat Denver at Magness Arena and shut the Pioneers out this season – vs CCHA at-large bid Michigan Tech at 1pm Thursday.
Should both Denver and UMD make it past the first round, the two rivals who have had no shortage of important games contested in the last five years will play for the sixth time this season with the Pioneers looking to exact some revenge. The Loveland Regional Final will take place on Saturday at a time yet to be announced.
The full bracket is below:
THE MEN'S BRACKET!
— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 20, 2022
Top photo courtesy of the NCAA