1990 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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1990 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
Teams 12
Finals Site
Champions Wisconsin Badgers (5th title)
Runner-Up Colgate Red Raiders (1st title game)
Winning coach Jeff Sauer (2nd title)
MOP Chris Tancill Wisconsin
Attendance 24,569

The 1990 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1989–90 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 43rd such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 16 and April 1, 1990, and concluded with Wisconsin defeating Colgate 7-3. All First Round and Quarterfinals matchups were held at home team venues with the 'Frozen Four' games being played at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

This was the first year in which the consolation game was not played since the tournaments premier in 1948.[1]

Boston University's 30 goals scored during the tournament is the highest ever for a single team. The Terriers also played the most NCAA tournament games in one year (7).

Qualifying teams[2][edit]

The NCAA permitted 12 teams to qualify for the tournament and divided its qualifiers into two regions (East and West). Each of the tournament champions from the four Division I conferences (CCHA, ECAC, Hockey East and WCHA) received automatic invitations into the tournament with At-large bids making up the remaining 8 teams. The NCAA permitted one Independent team to participate in the tournament and placed it in the East Regional with the intent to insert an additional independent in the West Regional the following season. As a result, the two western conferences (CCHA and WCHA) would split four open spots as opposed to the East's three.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Boston College Hockey East 26–11–1 Tournament champion 17th 1989 1 Michigan State CCHA 36–5–3 Tournament champion 12th 1989
2 Colgate ECAC Hockey 28–5–1 Tournament champion 2nd 1981 2 Wisconsin WCHA 32–9–1 Tournament champion 11th 1989
3 Maine Hockey East 31–9–2 At-large bid 4th 1989 3 Lake Superior State CCHA 31–8–3 At-large bid 4th 1989
4 Boston University Hockey East 21–14–2 At-large bid 16th 1986 4 Minnesota WCHA 25–14–2 At-large bid 17th 1989
5 Clarkson ECAC Hockey 21–9–3 At-large bid 10th 1984 5 North Dakota WCHA 27–11–4 At-large bid 12th 1987
6 Alaska-Anchorage Independent 21–9–2 At-large bid 1st Never 6 Bowling Green CCHA 25–15–2 At-large bid 9th 1989


The tournament featured four rounds of play. The three odd-number ranked teams from one region were placed into a bracket with the three even-number ranked teams of the other region. The teams were then seeded according to their ranking with the top two teams in each bracket receiving byes into the quarterfinals. In the first round the third and sixth seeds and the fourth and fifth seeds played best-of-three series to determine which school advanced to the Quarterfinals with the winners of the 4 vs. 5 series playing the first seed and the winner of the 3 vs. 6 series playing the second seed. In the Quarterfinals the matches were best-of-three series once more with the victors advancing to the National Semifinals. Beginning with the Semifinals all games were played at the Joe Louis Arena and all series became Single-game eliminations. The winning teams in the semifinals advanced to the National Championship Game.

Tournament Bracket[edit]

  First Round
March 16–18
March 23–25
Frozen Four
March 30
National Championship
April 1
  E1 Boston College 4 1 6  
  W4 Minnesota 2 2 1  
W4 Minnesota 6 5  
E5 Clarkson 1 1
  E1 Boston College 1  
  W2 Wisconsin 2  
  W2 Wisconsin 7 4*
  E3 Maine 3 3  
E3 Maine 8 5  
W6 Bowling Green 4 2
  W2 Wisconsin 7
  E2 Colgate 3
  W1 Michigan State 6 3 3  
  E4 Boston University 3 5 5  
E4 Boston University 5 5 5  
W5 North Dakota 8 3 0
  E4 Boston University 2
  E2 Colgate 3  
  E2 Colgate 3 2
  W3 Lake Superior State 2 1  
W3 Lake Superior State 6 10  
E6 Alaska-Anchorage 2 3

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round[edit]

(E3) Maine vs. (W6) Bowling Green[edit]

Maine won series 2–0

(E4) Boston University vs. (W5) North Dakota[edit]

Boston University won series 2–1

(W3) Lake Superior State vs. (E6) Alaska-Anchorage[edit]

Lake Superior State won series 2–0

(W4) Minnesota vs. (E5) Clarkson[edit]

Minnesota won series 2–0


(E1) Boston College vs. (W4) Minnesota[edit]

Boston College won series 2–1

(E2) Colgate vs. (W3) Lake Superior State[edit]

Colgate won series 2–0

(W1) Michigan State vs. (E4) Boston University[edit]

Boston University won series 2–1

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

Wisconsin won series 2–0

Frozen Four[edit]

National Semifinal[edit]

(E1) Boston College vs. (W2) Wisconsin[edit]

(E2) Colgate vs. (E4) Boston University[edit]

National Championship[edit]

(W2) Wisconsin vs. (E2) Colgate[edit]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st UW John BycePP Hill and Andringa 1:30 1–0 UW
UW John ByceSH Mendel 3:23 2–0 UW
CGT Joel GardnerPP Dupere and Spott 4:58 2–1 UW
UW Chris TancillPP Andringa and Hill 7:33 3–1 UW
UW Rob AndringaPP GW Hill and MacDonald 14:53 4–1 UW
2nd UW Dennis Snedden Kurtz and Osiecki 5:03 5–1 UW
CGT Steve PoapstPP Gardner 9:42 5–2 UW
UW Gary ShuchukPP Richter and Rohlik 13:09 6–2 UW
3rd CGT Jamie CookePP Woodcroft and Lille 9:36 6–3 UW
UW John ByceEN unassisted 19:18 7–3 UW
Team Name Saves Goals against Time on ice
CGT Dave Gagnon 6
UW Duane Derksen 21 3

All-Tournament Team[4][edit]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[5]


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