INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Committee announced today the field of 12 teams for the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.
Seven conferences have been awarded an automatic qualification. The remaining five teams were selected at-large by the committee.
The championship playoff format involves four first-round games and four quarterfinal games that are played on the campuses of the participating institutions. All games in the championship are single elimination. The four quarterfinal winners will advance to Utica, New York, at the Utica Memorial Auditorium for the semifinal and championship games, which will be conducted March 24-25. Utica College will host the championship.
Conferences receiving automatic qualification are:
|Commonwealth Coast Conference||Endicott College (23-3-4)|
|Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference||Salem State University (15-9-3)|
|Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Augsburg College (17-4-6)|
|New England Hockey Conference||Norwich University (23-1-3)|
|New England Small College Athletic Conference||Trinity College (CT) (18-6-3)|
|Northern Collegiate Hockey Association||St. Norbert College (21-5-1)|
|State University of New York Athletic Conference||
Plattsburgh State University of New York (17-9-1)
Adrian College (19-6-2), Hamilton College (19-4-4), Hobart College (20-4-4), The State University of New York at Oswego (21-5-1) and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (21-4-3) enter the field as the five at-large selections.
The semifinal and championship games will be web streamed live on NCAA.com.
In 2016, the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point claimed its first title with a 5-1 win over St. Norbert College at Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, New York.
For more information about the 2017 Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, log on to NCAA.com.