Michigan Tech vs Notre Dame Live

Michigan Tech vS Notre Dame Live Watch NCAA Hockey Tournament 2018 Stream: Bracket, schedule, scores, updates Starts in a Few Hours on Friday, March 23. Below.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team is ready. They have spent a season battleing it out on the ice, and have been up or down inside the top 5 rankings for most of that time. This was their first season as members of the Big 10 – and they spent that time beating up the conference on their way to winning both the regular season title AND the conference tournament.

The Irish are one of the more battle-tested teams in the country, and they will have to draw on all of that experience as they begin their quest to win the Frozen Four.

First up… the Michigan Tech Huskies.

WHERE, WHEN, AND HOW TO WATCH

WHAT: 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament Round 1
WHERE: Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT
WHEN: Friday, March 23, 3:00 PM EST
HOW TO WATCH: ESPN2 or the WatchESPN app

LIVE GAME CHAT

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Huskies know it won’t be easy; being an underdog never is.

But it’s a role they’ve become comfortable with down the stretch, and comfort was hard to come by earlier in the season.

When expectations around the program were high, Tech (22-16-5) faltered, struggling to string together wins as the season wore on. But when the team entered the WCHA playoffs with a seemingly impossible stretch of games, the Huskies emerged on the other side.

2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Scores, updates

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3 p.m. ET — No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Michigan Tech | ESPN2
4 p.m. — No. 1 St. Cloud State vs. No. 4 Air Force | ESPNU
6:30 p.m. — No. 2 Providence vs. No. 3 Clarkson | ESPNU
7:30 p.m. — No. 2 Minnesota State vs. No. 3 Minnesota Duluth | ESPN3

2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Schedule, game times, TV channels

FIRST ROUND

Friday, March 23

3 p.m. ET | No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Michigan Tech | ESPN2
4 p.m. | No. 1 St. Cloud State vs. No. 4 Air Force | ESPNU
6:30 p.m. | No. 2 Providence vs. No. 3 Clarkson | ESPNU
7:30 p.m. | No. 2 Minnesota State vs. No. 3 Minnesota Duluth | ESPN3

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Saturday, March 24

1 p.m. ET | No. 1 Cornell vs. No. 4 Boston University | ESPNews
3:30 p.m. | No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Princeton | ESPNU
4:30 p.m. | No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Northeastern | ESPNews
7:30 p.m. | No. 2 Denver vs. No. 3 Penn State | ESPN3

QUARTERFINALS

Saturday, March 24

6 p.m. ET — Notre Dame-Michigan Tech winner vs. Providence-Clarkson winner | ESPNU
9 p.m. — St. Cloud State-Air Force winner vs. Minnesota State-Minnesota Duluth winner | ESPN2

Sunday, March 25

4 p.m. ET — Cornell-Boston University winner vs. Michigan-Northeastern winner | ESPN2
6:30 p.m. — Ohio State-Princeton winner vs. Denver-Penn State winner | ESPNU

SEMIFINALS (FROZEN FOUR)

Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, Minn.)

6 p.m. ET — Thursday, April 5 | ESPN2
9:30 p.m. — Thursday, April 5 | ESPN2

National Championship

Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, Minn.)

7:30 p.m. ET — Saturday, April 7 | ESPN
2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Teams, seeds

The No. 1 seeds this year:

St. Cloud State
Notre Dame
Cornell
Ohio State

2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: TV channels, coverage

The ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU and ESPN3) will televise all 2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament games.
2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Schedule, dates

Selection Show: Sunday, March 18
Regionals
East Regional: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24
West Regional: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24
Northeast Regional: Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25
Midwest Regional: Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25
Frozen Four
Semifinals: Thursday, April 5
National Championship: Saturday, April 7

2018 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Locations, sites

There will be four different regional sites. The tournament is in Saint Paul, Minn., for the Frozen Four.

NCAA Hockey Tournament Regional sites

East Regional — Webster Bank Arena (Bridgeport, Conn.)
West Regional — Denny Sanford Premier Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Northeast Regional — DCU Center (Worcester, Mass.)
Midwest Regional — PPL Center (Allentown, Pa.)

NCAA Hockey Tournament: Frozen Four site

Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul, Minn.)

2018 Frozen Four: Champions, history

Here are the Frozen Four champions since 1970:

2017: Denver
2016: North Dakota
2015: Providence
2014: Union (N.Y.)
2013: Yale
2012: Boston College
2011: Minnesota Duluth
2010: Boston College
2009: Boston University
2008: Boston College
2007: Michigan State
2006: Wisconsin
2005: Denver
2004: Denver
2003: Minnesota
2002: Minnesota
2001: Boston College
2000: North Dakota
1999: Maine
1998: Michigan
1997: North Dakota
1996: Michigan
1995: Boston University
1994: Lake Superior State
1993: Maine
1992: Lake Superior State
1991: Northern Michigan
1990: Wisconsin
1989: Harvard
1988: Lake Superior State
1987: North Dakota
1986: Michigan State
1985: Rensselaer
1984: Bowling Green
1983: Wisconsin
1982: North Dakota
1981: Wisconsin
1980: North Dakota
1979: Minnesota
1978: Boston University
1977: Wisconsin
1976: Minnesota
1975: Michigan Tech
1974: Minnesota
1973: Wisconsin
1972: Boston University
1971: Boston University
1970: Cornell

Expectations were low and they found success, something they hope continues when they take on East Regional No. 1 seed Notre Dame at 3 p.m. today in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

“Right now we are playing well and earning everything we are getting,” junior forward Jake Lucchini said. “You don’t get this opportunity very often.”

One of the challenges of the NCAA tournament is the unfamiliarity of opponents. Game planning for an entirely new team in a short amount of time certainly isn’t easy. But this time, the Huskies have a bit to go on.

They played Notre Dame on the road last season, splitting the two-game series. And while both teams are different this time around, it gives them something to go on.

“They are a skilled team and they play with a lot of pace,” senior forward Brent Baltus said. “They are obviously very skilled offensively, so I think for us, we played a couple teams recently with a lot of offensive firepower. So going into a tournament like this, you have to prepare, watch video, see their tendencies.”

Tech and Notre Dame also have three common opponents from the regular season: Alabama-Huntsville, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Tech split with Alabama-Huntsville, while Notre Dame won both games, Tech lost its lone contest with Wisconsin and Notre Dame was 3-1 against the Badgers, and Tech beat Michigan State in their meeting, while Notre Dame was also 3-1 against the Spartans.

“You see who they play, the scores, and are able to watch some of those games and take a little bit away from that,” Jake Lucchini said.

“It is all team to team,” Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. “There are teams that we match up better with, and teams that some people feel are lesser teams give us more problems than teams that are better, just because of the way they play.”

Instead, the Huskies are doing what they’ve done over the past six games: focusing on themselves.

Tech is playing its best hockey of the season, and it’s not even close. Something the team wants to hold onto when it battles Notre Dame.

“The biggest thing is just focusing on us and what we are doing, making sure we are executing the way we want to play,” Baltus said.

The approach has worked so far, as the Huskies have fought their way out of the WCHA, despite facing three heavily-favored opponents. It will be more of the same today against a 25-9-2 Notre Dame team that boasts one of the best goaltenders in the country in Cale Morris (.946 save percentage) and a strong defense in front of him. The Fighting Irish allow just 2.2 goals a game.

“They are aggressive on the puck and they are a defensive-oriented team,” Shawhan said. “Their goaltenders are always very good, but very protected.”

They are also equipped with a strong power-play unit, scoring on 22.5 percent of their chances, while limiting opponents to just 11.4 percent.

Tech will need to stay out of the penalty box while finding a way to score on its own power-play opportunities.

This is Tech’s 13th NCAA tournament appearance, and third in the last four years. Last season the Huskies lost to Denver in the first round.

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