March 21, 2010
Notre Dame, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame will serve as the host school at the 2010 NCAA Hockey Midwest Regional that will be played on Saturday-Sunday, March 27-28 at Ft. Wayne’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The Midwest Regional will be a battle of Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) teams with the Miami RedHawks and the Michigan Wolverines coming in as No. 1 and No. 3 seeds. The other two schools will represent College Hockey America (CHA) as the No. 2 Bemidji State Beavers and the No. 4 Alabama-Huntsville Chargers will also be in action in Ft. Wayne.
On Sat., March 27, Miami will face Alabama-Huntsville at 4:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPNU. The 7:30 p.m. game will feature Bemidji State facing Michigan at 7:30 p.m. That game can be seen at ESPN360.com or on ESPNU on tape delay (3/27 – 11:30 p.m.).
The regional championship game will be played on Sun., March 28 at 8:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.
Tickets for the Midwest Regional are available in all-session and single-game packages and can be purchased at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, at all Ticketmaster Outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. For groups of 20 or more call 260-480-3710 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-Session packages (two games on March 27, championship game on March 28
Adult All-Session: $87.00 (200 Lower Bowl); $77.00 (Upper Level)
Youth 12-and-Under All-Session: $77.00 or $67.00
College Student All-Session: $82.00 or $72.00
Groups 20+ All-Session: $74.00 or $64.00
Adult: $46.00 (200 Lower Bowl); $36.00 (Upper Level)
Youth 12-and-Under: $41.00 or $30.00
College Student: $44.00 or $34.00
Miami comes into the tournament as the overall No. 1 seed as the RedHawks finished the year with a 27-7-7 overall record and were the CCHA regular-season champions. The RedHawks lost in the CCHA semifinals to Michigan, 5-2, on March 19 before knocking off Ferris State, 2-1, in the third-place game on March 20. They were ranked second in the nation in both polls last week. Miami is making its eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the sixth in the last seven years. The RedHawks advanced to the NCAA title game last year where they lost to Boston University in overtime.
Bemidji State is the second seed in Ft. Wayne and was the regular-season CHA champion, finishing the regular season with a 23-9-4 overall record. The Beavers are currently ranked 10th in each poll. They were upset in the CHA semifinals by Niagara, 5-4, and then tied Robert Morris in the conference’s third-place game. Bemidji is making its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament and is coming off a trip to the Frozen Four in 2009.
Michigan comes into the tournament as the third-seeded team and may be the hottest team in the nation over the last month of the season. The Wolverines were 25-17-1 on the year and finished in seventh place in the CCHA regular-season standings. In the conference tournament, Michigan went on the road to win at Lake Superior and Michigan State before defeating Miami, 5-2, in the CCHA semifinals and then Northern Michigan, 2-1, in the championship game. The Wolverines were ranked 17th in the USCHO.com poll last week and were unranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Michigan will be making its 20th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the 33rd all-time. The Wolverines have won nine national championships.
Alabama-Huntsville is the Midwest Regional’s fourth-seeded team and comes into the NCAA Tournament as the champion of the CHA after knocking off Niagara, 3-2, in the title game. The Chargers defeated Robert Morris, 1-0, in the semifinals and finished the season with a 12-17-3 overall record. UAH is making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.