2002 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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2002 NCAA Division I Men's
Ice Hockey Tournament
2002 Frozen Four logo
2002 Frozen Four logo
Season 2001–02
Teams 12
Finals Site Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Champions Minnesota (4th title, 10th title game,
17th Frozen Four)
Runner-Up Maine (4th title game,
8th Frozen Four)
Semifinalists Michigan (21st Frozen Four)
New Hampshire (7th Frozen Four)
Winning Coach Don Lucia (1st title)
MOP Grant Potulny (Minnesota)
Attendance 91,931
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
← 2001  2003 →

The 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 12 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey.

The final event was played at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota. The University of Minnesota, coached by Don Lucia, won its first NCAA title since 1979 by defeating the University of Maine, coached by Tim Whitehead, 4-3, in overtime on April 6. Matt Koalska tied the game with 53 seconds remaining in regulation with Minnesota goaltender Adam Hauser pulled for an extra attacker. Grant Potulny then won it on his power-play goal at 16:58 of the extra session, giving the Golden Gophers their fourth NCAA championship (6th overall). Minnesota senior forward John Pohl assisted on both the tying and winning goals in his final game in a Gophers uniform.

Minnesota advanced to the finals with a 3-2 semifinal win over Michigan on April 4, after Maine had bested Hockey East rival New Hampshire by a 7-2 score in the other semifinal.

Qualifying teams[1][edit]

The at-large bids and seeding for each team in the tournament were announced after the conference tournaments concluded on March 17, 2002. Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) had four teams receive a berth in the tournament, Hockey East had three teams receive a berth in the tournament, Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and ECAC Hockey each had two berths, while the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) received a single bid for its tournament champion.

East Regional – Worcester West Regional – Ann Arbor
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 New Hampshire (1) Hockey East 29–6–3 Tournament champion 1 Denver (2) WCHA 32–7–1 Tournament champion
2 Boston University Hockey East 25–9–3 At-large bid 2 Minnesota WCHA 29–8–4 At-large bid
3 Maine Hockey East 23–10–7 At-large bid 3 Michigan State CCHA 27–8–5 At-large bid
4 Cornell ECAC Hockey 24–7–2 At-large bid 4 Michigan CCHA 26–10–5 Tournament champion
5 Quinnipiac MAAC 20–12–5 Tournament champion 5 St. Cloud State WCHA 29–10–2 At-large bid
6 Harvard ECAC Hockey 15–14–4 Tournament champion 6 Colorado College WCHA 26–12–3 At-large bid

Number in parentheses denotes overall seed in the tournament.

Game locations[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Frozen Four[edit]

National Semifinals
April 4
National Championship
April 6
           
E1 New Hampshire 2
E3 Maine 7
E3 Maine 3
W2 Minnesota 4*
W4 Michigan 2
W2 Minnesota 3

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Regional Quarterfinals[2][edit]

East Regional[edit]

(3) Maine vs. (6) Harvard[edit]


(4) Cornell vs. (5) Quinnipiac[edit]


West Regional[edit]

(3) Michigan State vs. (6) Colorado College[edit]


(4) Michigan vs. (5) St. Cloud State[edit]


Regional Semifinals[edit]

East Regional[edit]

(1) New Hampshire vs. (4) Cornell[edit]


(2) Boston University vs. (3) Maine[edit]


West Regional[edit]

(1) Denver vs. (4) Michigan[edit]


(2) Minnesota vs. (6) Colorado College[edit]


Frozen Four[11][edit]

National Semifinal[edit]

(E1) New Hampshire vs. (E3) Maine[edit]


(W2) Minnesota vs. (W4) Michigan[edit]


National Championship[edit]

(W2) Minnesota vs. (E3) Maine[edit]


All-Tournament Team[15][edit]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)

Record by conference[edit]

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Regional Finals Frozen Four Championship Game Champions
WCHA 4 4-3 .571 3 1 1 1
Hockey East 3 4-3 .571 3 2 1 -
CCHA 2 2-2 .500 1 1 - -
ECAC Hockey 2 1-2 .333 1 - - -
MAAC 1 0-1 .000 - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  2. ^ "Men's Division I Hockey 2001-2002 Schedule and Results — Week 26". USCHO.com. 2002-03-24. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Maine 4, Harvard 3". USCHO.com. 2002-03-23. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Cornell 6, Quinnipiac 1". USCHO.com. 2002-03-23. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  5. ^ "Colorado College 2, Michigan State 0". USCHO.com. 2002-03-22. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  6. ^ "Michigan 4, St. Cloud State 2". USCHO.com. 2002-03-22. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  7. ^ "New Hampshire 4, Cornell 3". USCHO.com. 2002-03-24. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  8. ^ "Maine 4, Boston University 3". USCHO.com. 2002-03-24. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  9. ^ "Michigan 5, Denver 3". USCHO.com. 2002-03-23. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  10. ^ "Minnesota 4, Colorado College 2". USCHO.com. 2002-03-23. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  11. ^ "Men's Division I Hockey 2001-2002 Schedule and Results — Week 28". USCHO.com. 2002-04-06. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  12. ^ "Maine 7, New Hampshire 2". USCHO.com. 2002-04-04. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  13. ^ "Minnesota 3, Michigan 2". USCHO.com. 2002-04-04. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  14. ^ "Minnesota 4, Maine 3". USCHO.com. 2002-04-06. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  15. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 

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