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The road to the Frozen Four is about to begin.
The 2022 NCAA Menâ€™s Ice Hockey Tournament is here with 16 of the best teams in the country set to battle for the national title. The squads were broken up into four regionals with tilts beginning on Thursday.
Michigan emerged with the No. 1 overall seed. The Wolverines, loaded with seven first-round NHL draft picks, finished second in the Big Ten regular season standings before claiming the conference tournament title on Saturday. The program has nine national championships, the most of any Division I school, and is primed to make a run at a 10th this spring.
Denver and North Dakota are right behind Michigan when it comes to national titles. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference foes both have eight championships and will aim to tie Michigan with another trophy after making this yearâ€™s tournament.
The reigning champs are also back looking to defend their title. UMass demolished St. Cloud State in the 2021 national title game and punched its ticket to the 2022 tournament with an overtime win over UConn in the Hockey East Tournament championship contest. Should the Minutemen reach the Frozen Four again, they will get a chance to bring home another championship in their own state.
With 12 games on over the next four days, hereâ€™s how you can check out all the action.
Tournament games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
First round games will be on ESPNU and ESPNews. Regional finals will be on ESPNU and ESPN2. The Frozen Four and national championship game will be on ESPN2.
Games can be streamed on ESPN.com and on the ESPN App.
East Regional: No. 4 Harvard vs. No. 1 Minnesota State, 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU
West Regional: No. 3 Michigan Tech vs. No. 2 Minnesota Duluth, 3 p.m. ET, ESPNU
East Regional: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 North Dakota, 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU
West Regional: No. 4 UMass-Lowell vs. No. 1 Denver, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Northeast Regional: No. 4 Northeastern vs. No. 1 Western Michigan, 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Midwest Regional: No. 4 American International vs. No. 1 Michigan, 3 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Northeast Regional: No. 3 UMass vs. No. 2 Minnesota, 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Midwest Regional: No. 3 St. Cloud State vs. No. 2 Quinnipiac, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNews
East Regional Final: No. 4 Harvard/No. 1 Minnesota State vs. No. 3 Notre Dame/No. 2 North Dakota, Time TBD, ESPNU
West Regional Final: No. 4 UMass-Lowell/No. 1 Denver vs. No. 3 Michigan Tech/No. 2 Minnesota Duluth, Time TBD, ESPNU
Midwest Regional Final: No. 4 American International/No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 3 St. Cloud State/No. 2 Quinnipiac, Time TBD, ESPN2
Northwest Regional Final: No. 4 Northeastern/No. 1 Western Michigan vs. No. 3 UMass/No. 2 Minnesota, Time TBD, ESPN2
The Frozen Four will take place from April 7-9 at TD Garden in Boston. This will be the cityâ€™s third time hosting the menâ€™s hockey finals this century (2004 and 2015).
National semifinal games will be played on Thursday, April 7, setting up the national championship game on Saturday, April 9. Hereâ€™s a look at how the semifinals are set up:
Midwest Regional winner vs. West Regional winner, 5 p.m. ET or 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Northeast Regional winner vs. East Regional winner, 5 p.m. ET or 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
The championship game will be played two days later at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.