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2013 NCAA Championship teams announced

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 9:46 PM / On Campus

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2013 NCAA Championship teams announced
The field for the 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship is set.

The field for the 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship is set.

The 16 teams were announced Sunday night, with four teams going to each of the regional sites in Providence, R.I., Grand Rapids, Mich., Manchester, N.H., and Toledo, Ohio for a one-and-done scenario from March 29-31.

Automatic bids were handed out to the winners of each conference's postseason: Lowell (Hockey East), Wisconsin (WCHA), Union (ECAC), Notre Dame (CCHA) and Canisius (Atlantic Hockey).

The rest of the field is determined by the NCAA's objective Pairwise rankings system and sent regional sites by the committee representing each of the five Division I conferences. Host schools and top seeds are placed by proximity, with an eye towards serpentine matchups and avoidance of first-round intra-conference games.

Winners of each regional will take part in the Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on April 10 and 12.

The teams, with overall seeding and regional placements are:

East: Providence

Dunkin Donuts Center

Saturday, 5:30 and 9 p.m. (ET), Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

1. Quinnipiac vs. 16. Canisius

6. Boston College vs. 12. Union

West: Grand Rapids

Van Andel Arena

Friday, 2 and 5:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday, 4 p.m.

2. Minnesota vs. 15. Yale

8. North Dakota vs. 10. Niagara

Northeast: Manchester

Verizon Wireless Center

Friday, 4:30 and 8 p.m. (ET), Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

3. Mass.-Lowell vs. 14. Wisconsin

7. New Hampshire vs. 9. Denver

Midwest: Toledo

Huntington Center

Saturday, 1:30 and 5 p.m. (ET), Sunday, 4 p.m.

4. Notre Dame vs. 13. St. Cloud State

5. Miami vs. 11. Minnesota State

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