Sunday, January 21, 2018
Colleges

Quinnipiac gets top seed in NCAA men's hockey tourney

Quinnipiac, the nation's top-ranked team for much of the season, received the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA tournament when the 16-team field was announced Sunday.

Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold didn't get too worked up about the news.

"It's nice, but in general, we're just really excited about winning the ECAC playoff championship," he told the Hartford (Conn.) Courant.

The Bobcats (29-3-7) beat Harvard 4-1 Saturday to win the ECAC title for the first time. They are the top seed in the East Region, which begins Saturday in Albany, N.Y.

The other No. 1 region seeds are St. Cloud State (31-8-1) in the West (Saturday, St. Paul, Minn.), North Dakota (30-6-4) in the Midwest (Friday, Cincinnati) and Providence (27-6-4) in the Northeast (Friday, Worcester, Mass.)

The Frozen Four is April 7 and 9 at Amalie Arena.

Quinnipiac earned an automatic berth as a conference tournament champion. The other tournament winners that received automatic berths were RIT (Atlantic Hockey Association), Michigan (Big Ten), Northeastern (Hockey East), St. Cloud State (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) and Ferris State (Western Collegiate Hockey Association).

The remainder of the field was selected at large.

Quinnipiac could start the tournament without its leading scorer, Sam Anas (23 goals, 48 points). He was hit from behind Saturday against Harvard, left the game and did not return. Pecknold said it was too early to know whether Anas would be available for Saturday's first-round game against RIT

gophers defend women's title: Sara Potomak had a goal and an assist to lead Minnesota to a second straight national title, beating Boston College 3-1 at Durham, N.H. Minnesota (35-4-1) prevented Boston College (40-1-0) from becoming the only other team to complete an undefeated season with a title. The Gophers did it in 2013. Boston College coach Katie Crowley was named coach of the year for the second straight year.

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