Bracketology and Notes

It’s Wednesday and time for Jayson Moy of U.S. College Hockey and Bracketology — leading to the NCAA tournament. His dissecting of the 16-team Division I field, as of today, is here. The brackets are below.

The UMD men and women are practicing at the Duluth Heritage Center this week because the DECC ice has been removed for the Duluth Boat, Sports and Travel Show. Recovering from injuries and back at full go this week are winger Kyle Schmidt (hurt Jan. 15) and defensemen Scott Kishel (Feb. 6) and Chad Huttel (Jan. 29). Freshman Dan DeLisle (leg injury suffered Feb. 6) is skating with no contact and could be back for the Minnesota series Feb. 26-27.

Also, a list of 45 Division I women are listed as nominees for the annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award — including Minnesota Duluth senior winger Emmanuelle Blais and junior winger Laura Fridfinnson. Division I coaches will vote and cut the list to 10 on March 2. A 13-member selection committee will choose three finalists, who will be announced March 9.

Held in conjunction with the 2010 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four in Minneapolis, the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be presented at a brunch ceremony on March 20 at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center at 10 a.m.

Here’s Jayson Moy from USCHO
2010 Division I Men Bracketology

West Regional, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, March 26-27
Minnesota Duluth vs. Bemidji State
St. Cloud State vs. Michigan State

Northeast Regional, Worcester, Mass. DCU Center, March 27-28
Rochester Institute of Technology vs. Denver
Colorado College vs. New Hampshire

Midwest Regional, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind., March 27-28
North Dakota vs. Miami of Ohio
Vermont vs. Yale

East Regional, Albany (N.Y.) Times Union Center, March 26-27
Wisconsin vs. Massachusetts
Boston College vs. Cornell

Division I Frozen Four, Ford Field, Detroit, Mich., April 8-10

Conference Breakdown

WCHA — 6
HEA — 4
CCHA — 2
ECAC — 2
CHA — 1
AHA — 1

Dropped In
Yale, Michigan State

Dropped Out
Maine, Ferris State

Key Games this Week
Minnesota Duluth-North Dakota and St. Cloud-Wisconsin are huge series. One is a battle for at-large, the other a battle for No. 1 seeding.