1997 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 1997 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 13th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 6 and March 15, 1997. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament, Boston University received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format[edit]

The tournament featured three rounds of play. The team that finishes ninth in the conference is not eligible for tournament play. In the first round, the first and eighth seeds, the second and seventh seeds, the third seed and sixth seeds, and the fourth seed and fifth seeds played a best-of-three with the winner advancing to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the highest and lowest seeds and second highest and second lowest seeds play a single-elimination game, with the winners advancing to the championship game and the losers meeting in a third-place game. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Boston University†* 24 16 4 4 36 116 71 41 26 9 6 178 115
New Hampshire 24 18 6 0 36 130 76 39 28 11 0 204 129
Maine^ 24 16 7 1 33 120 76 35 24 10 1 162 109
Providence 24 12 11 1 25 101 88 36 15 20 1 141 137
Merrimack 24 11 11 2 24 88 98 36 15 19 2 127 146
Boston College 24 9 12 3 21 96 112 38 15 19 4 145 170
Massachusetts–Lowell 24 9 14 1 19 83 113 38 15 21 2 126 163
Massachusetts 24 7 17 0 14 69 117 35 12 23 0 119 167
Northeastern 24 3 19 2 8 66 118 36 8 25 3 103 160
Championship: Boston University
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Maine was ineligible for the post season due to NCAA investigations
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll

Bracket[4][edit]

Teams are reseeded after the quarterfinals

  Quarterfinals
March 6–8
Semifinals
March 14
Championship
March 15
                               
  1  Boston University 6 7 1  Boston University 3  
8  Northeastern 2 1 6  Massachusetts-Lowell 2  
  2  New Hampshire 5 8
7  Massachusetts 1 2     1  Boston University 4
  2  New Hampshire 2
  3  Providence 2 5
6  Massachusetts-Lowell 6 6
Third Place
  4  Merrimack 6 3 2  New Hampshire 4
5  Boston College 7 5 5  Boston College 0   5  Boston College 2*
6  Massachusetts-Lowell 2

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) Boston University vs. (8) Northeastern[edit]

Boston University won series 2–0


(2) New Hampshire vs. (7) Massachusetts[edit]

New Hampshire won series 2–0


(3) Providence vs. (6) Massachusetts-Lowell[edit]

Massachusetts-Lowell won series 2–0


(4) Merrimack vs. (5) Boston College[edit]

Boston College won series 2–0


Semifinals[edit]

(1) Boston University vs. (6) Massachusetts-Lowell[edit]


(2) New Hampshire vs. (5) Boston College[edit]


Third Place[edit]

(5) Boston College vs. (6) Massachusetts-Lowell[edit]


Championship[edit]

(1) Boston University vs. (2) New Hampshire[edit]


Tournament awards[edit]

All-Tournament Team[5][edit]

* Tournament MVP(s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boston University Men's Team History". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Jack Parker Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  3. ^ "Hockey East Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Hockey East Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  5. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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