1978 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1978 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament
Teams 6
Finals Site
Champions Boston University (3rd title)
Runner-Up Boston College (3rd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Jack Parker (1st title)
MOP Jack O'Callahan Boston University
Attendance 32,573

The 1978 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1977–78 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 31st such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 18 and 25, 1978, and concluded with Boston University defeating Boston College 5-3. The first round games were held at the home team venue while all succeeding games were played at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Qualifying teams[1][edit]

The NCAA gave four teams automatic bids into the tournament. The two ECAC teams that reached the ECAC tournament final received bids as did the two WCHA co-champions. The NCAA also had the ability to add up to 4 additional teams as it saw fit and chose to include the CCHA tournament champion as well as Boston University who had lost only two games prior to the tournament (the second being in the ECAC semifinal). This was the only time in the four years this format was used that an additional eastern team was added to the tournament. Because Colorado College entered the tournament with a losing record Bowling Green was given the honor of hosting the western first round game instead.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston College ECAC Hockey 23–9–0 Tournament champion 11th 1973 1 Wisconsin WCHA 28–10–3 Tournament co-champion 5th 1977
2 Providence ECAC Hockey 17–14–2 Tournament finalist 2nd 1964 2 Colorado College WCHA 18–21–1 Tournament co-champion 8th 1957
East At-Large West At-Large
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
A2 Boston University ECAC Hockey 27–2–0 At-Large 13th 1977 A1 Bowling Green CCHA 29–7–0 Tournament champion 2nd 1977

Format[edit]

The four automatic qualifiers were seeded according to pre-tournament finish. The ECAC champion was seeded as the top eastern team while the WCHA co-champion that finished highest in the regular season was given the top western seed. The second eastern seed was slotted to play the top western seed and vice versa. Because an at-large bid was offered to a western school they were placed in a first round game with the second western seed to determine the final semifinalist. The first round game was played at the home venue of the second seed while all succeeding games were played at the Providence Civic Center. All matches were Single-game eliminations with the semifinal winners advancing to the national championship game and the losers playing in a consolation game.

Tournament Bracket[2][edit]

  First Round
March 18–19
    Semifinals
March 23–24
    National Championship
March 25
                           
        E1  Boston College 6  
  W2  Colorado College 3     A1  Bowling Green 2    
  A1  Bowling Green 5         E1  Boston College 3
      A2  Boston University 5
        W1  Wisconsin 2    
  E2  Providence 3     A2  Boston University 5   Third Place Game
  A2  Boston University 5   W1  Wisconsin 3
  A1  Bowling Green 4

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit]

(A1) Bowling Green vs. (W2) Colorado College[edit]


(E2) Providence vs. (A2) Boston University[edit]


Semifinal[edit]

(W1) Wisconsin vs. (A2) Boston University[edit]


(E1) Boston College vs. (A1) Bowling Green[edit]


Third Place Game[edit]

(W1) Wisconsin vs. (A1) Bowling Green[edit]


National Championship[edit]

(E1) Boston College vs. (A2) Boston University[edit]


All-Tournament Team[4][edit]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Boston University Championship Teams" (PDF). Boston University Terriers. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  4. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ "NCAA Division I Awards". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 

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