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Brad E. Schlossman, Published May 07 2010

College hockey: NCAA tourney format may change

GRAND FORKS – The format for the NCAA men’s hockey tournament may be changing in a couple of years.

Proposals were discussed at an annual college hockey national meeting in Florida last weekend and one gained the most traction.

Under the most popular proposal, the tournament would stay as a 16-team field, but the first round would be a best-of-3 series played at the venue of the higher seed.

The eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals would play at one of two super regional sites. The quarterfinals would be one-game shots with a trip to the Frozen Four on the line. The Frozen Four would not change.

The proposal would have to be approved by the NCAA and could not happen until the 2011-12 season at the earliest. Regional sites already have been scheduled for the upcoming season.

INCH picks UND No. 1

Inside College Hockey released its early power rankings for the 2010-11 season and UND has been tabbed as the No. 1 team in the country.

“The overriding theme is that North Dakota has the potential to be loaded for a huge season,” the website said. “Adding an elite recruiting class to an experienced and talented roster sets up well for a national championship run.”

INCH picked defending national champion Boston College as No. 2.

Brad E. Schlossman is a writer for The Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.