After 21-win regular season, Sun Devils gain berth in 2019 NCAA Tournament
For the first time in program history, Arizona State is heading to the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Tournament as part of the Midwest Regional following a program-best 21-12-1 record in its third full season of Division I competition.
As the No. 3 seed in Allentown, Pa., the Sun Devils open up NCAA Tournament play against No. 2 seed Quinnipiac on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. EST/4:30 p.m. PST at PPL Center on ESPN3.
ASU becomes the first independent program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament since Alaska Anchorage in 1991-92.
“Today is a historical and memorable day for this program and this university, and these 28 players will forever be remembered in Sun Devil hockey history,” said Sun Devils coach Greg Powers. “When this senior and junior class arrived in Tempe, we identified the 2018-19 season as one that could be special. They arrived with the motto ‘Be the Tradition,’ and now they can say they are ‘The Tradition.'”
The winner of the ASU-Quinnipiac game will play the winner of the matchup between No. 1 seed Minnesota Duluth and No. 4 seed Bowling Green on Sunday, March 31 for the right to advance to the Frozen Four.
Arizona State becomes the fastest program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament since Mercyhurst in 2000-01, when the Lakers qualified in their first year of Division I play.
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(March 24, 2019)