1948 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament
|Champions||Michigan Wolverines (1st title)|
|Runner-Up||Dartmouth Indians (1st title game)|
|Winning coach||Vic Heyliger (1st title)|
|MOP||Joe Riley Dartmouth|
The 1948 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1947–48 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 1st such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 18 and 20, 1948, and concluded with Michigan defeating Dartmouth 8-4. All games were played at the Broadmoor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This inaugural tournament possesses two distinctions beyond being the first of its kind: it was the championship with the fewest games played (3) with all succeeding tournaments having a minimum of 4 games. Additionally, the overtime rules used were not sudden-death, allowing Michigan to score multiple times in the first overtime game in tournament history (the next overtime game would not happen until 1954).
Four teams qualified for the tournament, two each from the eastern and western regions. The teams were selected by a committee based upon both their overall record and the strength of their opponents.
|Seed||School||Conference||Record||Berth type||Appearance||Last bid||Seed||School||Conference||Record||Berth type||Appearance||Last bid|
|2||Boston College||Independent||14–4–0||At-Large||1st||Never||2||Colorado College||Independent||19–7–0||At-Large||1st||Never|
The eastern and western teams judged as better were seeded as the top regional teams. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. All games were played at the Broadmoor Ice Palace. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game.
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
Dartmouth vs. Colorado College
|March 18||Dartmouth||8 – 4||Colorado College||Broadmoor Ice Palace|
Michigan vs. Boston College
|March 19||Michigan||6 – 4||OT||Boston College||Broadmoor Ice Palace|
|(unassisted) Connie Hill - 17:13||First period||10:23 - Giles Threadgold (McCusker)|
|(Renfrew) Connie Hill - 19:57||Second period||5:41 - PP - Bob Mason (Corcoran)|
8:24 - Joe McCusker (Threadgold, McIntyre)
|(unassisted) Connie Hill - 03:44
(McMillan) Al Renfrew - 05:41
|Third period||19:20 - EA - Jim Fitzgerald (Lewis)|
|(Grant) Wally Gacek - GW - 00:18
(Hill) Wally Gacek - EN - 19:30
|First overtime period||No scoring|
|John McDonald||Goalie stats||Bernie Burke|
Michigan vs. Dartmouth
|March 20||Michigan||8 – 4||Dartmouth||Broadmoor Ice Palace|
|(Grant) Wally Gacek - 00:50
(Grant) Wally Gacek - 10:55
|First period||04:25 - Bill Riley (Merriam)|
17:25 - PP - Crawford Campbell (unassisted)
|(Gacek) Wally Grant - 15:20
(Greer) Gordon McMillan - 16:40
|Second period||06:55 - Walt Crowley (B. Riley)|
11:05 - Arnie Oss (Malone)
|(Gacek, Greer) Wally Grant - GW - 01:30
(Renfrew) Gordon McMillan - 06:15
(Grant, Greer) Wally Gacek - 06:20
(Gacek) Ted Greer - 15:14
|John McDonald ( 25 saves )||Goalie stats||( 33 saves ) Dick Desmond|
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