Welcome to Watch Frozen Four. The top men’s ice hockey teams from around NCAA Division I have been squaring off since March 24, and 16 schools have been whittled down for the national semifinals, set to kick off on April 6.
This year’s crop of championship hopefuls includes familiar title winners and, in Notre Dame’s case, first-time title seekers. The finale of the single-elimination tourney is set for Saturday, April 8 at Chicago’s United Center.
Here’s a complete look at how to watch the last two rounds of the ice hockey tournament, as well as the four teams still alive entering the semifinals.
2017 Frozen Four game times, TV schedule
Semifinals, Thursday, April 6 (United Center in Chicago)
Harvard vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 6 p.m., ESPN2
Denver vs. Notre Dame, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2
National championship, Saturday, April 8 (United Center in Chicago)
Semifinal winners, 8 p.m., ESPN
2017 NCAA hockey tournament bracket entering Frozen Four
No. 3 Harvard vs. No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth (April 6, 6 p.m.)
The most recent of the 2017 Frozen Four contenders to win a title, Minnesota-Duluth is in its 11th tournament, piling up a 25-6-7 record and advancing to the semifinals thanks to back-to-back overtime victories over Ohio State and Boston University. Harvard, meanwhile, has one national championship to its credit (1989) and edges Minnesota-Duluth with 24 tourney bids in school history.
No. 1 Denver vs. Notre Dame (April 6, 9:30 p.m.)
The only team in the Frozen Four without a title to its name, Notre Dame has only actually played in one championship. But it upset two favorites, including No. 4 Minnesota, to get to the semifinals after compiling a 21-11-5 mark. Denver, making its 27th tournament appearance, mowed down Michigan Tech and Penn State for another shot at reaching the title game, racking up a 29-7-4 record on the season.