ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 have coverage of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Division I Championship tournament beginning Sunday, March 18 at 12pm ET with the tournament selection show. Game action starts with the regional semifinals March 23-24 and continues with the regional finals March 24-26. The Frozen Four semifinal games are April 5 on ESPN2 and ESPNU, with the championship game April 7 on ESPN2. Top teams looking for Frozen Four berths are Boston College, Minnesota-Duluth, Michigan, Minnesota, Boston University, Union, Miami (Ohio) and Ferris State. 2012 Frozen Four TV schedule and press release from ESPN below:
New Replay Graphics Highlight ESPN’s Complete NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Coverage
Sunday’s Selection Show to feature three-time Stanley Cup Champion Aaron Ward
For the eighth consecutive year, ESPN will present every glass-crushing moment of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship starting with the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Selection Show on Sunday, March 18, and culminating with the Men’s Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., April 5 and 7. All 15 games will air live on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3. Four regional games will be shown on ESPN3 with additional coverage on ESPNU in tape delay. For 2012, ESPN will debut its Advanced Replay Tool (ART) which allows graphics to be used in a replay, a first in the network’s coverage of NCAA hockey.
The ART, developed by ESPN Emerging Technology, allows graphics to be instantaneously embedded within a replay, providing commentators greater visual resources to communicate analysis to viewers. It has seen previous success in ESPN’s coverage of basketball, football and golf telecasts.
Melrose, Gary Thorne and Clay Matvick will utilize the tool during ESPN’s Frozen Four telecasts. Former NCAA players Sean Ritchlin (Michigan), Dave Starman (Hartford) and Billy Jaffe (Michigan) will also contribute analysis throughout the two week coverage span. ESPN has aired games from the men’s championship since 1980 and recently extended its commitment to the NCAA, which includes airing the entire Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship through 2024.
|Date||Time (ET)||Game/Commentators||Network (s)|
|Sun, Mar 18||noon||NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Selection ShowJohn Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Aaron Ward||ESPNU|
|Fri, Mar 23||3 p.m.||East Regional Semifinal 1 Michigan
State vs Union (Bridgeport, Conn.) John Buccigross and Barry Melrose
|5:30 p.m.||Midwest Regional Semifinal 1(Green Bay, Wis.) Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin||ESPN3|
|6:30 p.m.||East Regional Semifinal 2 Massachusetts Lowell vs Miami (Bridgeport, Conn.) John Buccigross and Barry Melrose||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|9 p.m.||Midwest Regional Semifinal 2 Cornell
vs Michigan (Green Bay, Wis.) Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin
|11:30 p.m.||Midwest Regional Semifinal 1 Denver
vs Ferris State (Green Bay, Wis.) Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin
|Sat, Mar 24||1:30 p.m.||West Regional Semifinal 1 (Saint Paul, Minn.) Clay Matvick and Dave Starman||ESPN3|
|4 p.m.||Northeast Regional Semifinal 1 Air Force vs Boston College (Worcester, Mass.) Joe Beninati and Billy Jaffe||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|5 p.m.||West Regional Semifinal 2 (Saint Paul, MN) Clay Matvick and Dave Starman||ESPN3|
|6:30 p.m.||East Regional Final (Bridgeport, Conn.) John Buccigross and Barry Melrose||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|7:30 p.m.||Northeast Regional Semifinal 2 (Worcester, Mass.) Joe Beninati and Billy Jaffe||ESPN3|
|9 p.m.||Midwest Regional Final (Green Bay, Wis.) Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|11:30 p.m.||Northeast Regional Semifinal 2 Maine vs Minnesota Duluth (Worcester, Mass.) Joe Beninati and Billy Jaffe||ESPNU**|
|Sun, Mar 25||12:30 p.m.||West Regional Semifinal 1 (Saint Paul, Minn.) Clay Matvick and Dave Starman||ESPNU**|
|3 p.m.||West Regional Semifinal 2 (Saint Paul, Minn) Clay Matvick and Dave Starman||ESPNU**|
|5:30 p.m.||West Regional Final (Saint Paul, Minn.) Clay Matvick and Dave Starman||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|8 p.m.||Northeast Regional Final (Worcester, Mass.) Joe Beninati and Billy Jaffe||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|Thu, Apr 5||4:30 p.m.||Frozen Four Semifinal 1 Union (NY) vs. Ferris State (Tampa Bay, Fla.) Gary Thorne, Clay Matvick and Barry Melrose||ESPNU/ESPN3|
|8 p.m.||Frozen Four Semifinal 2 Boston College vs. Minnesota (Tampa Bay, Fla.) Gary Thorne, Clay Matvick and Barry Melrose||ESPN2/ESPN3|
|Sat, Apr 7||7 p.m.||NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship (Tampa Bay, Fla.) Gary Thorne, Clay Matvick and Barry Melrose||ESPN2/ESPN3|
*Tape Delayed from earlier March 23 live game on ESPN3
**Tape Delayed from earlier March 24 live game on ESPN3
Additional coverage via ESPN Front Row on ESPN.com’s David Albright and his Frozen Four experience.