The battle for the 2021 Frozen Four begins Friday as the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament begins. The tournament returns to the ice a year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut things down. In 2021, the coronavirus has already had an impact, forcing Notre Dame to drop out, giving Boston College a win before the tournament even started. Meanwhile, teams like UMass and AIC will be looking to make a statement against No. 1 seeds Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota and BC.
The 2021 Men’s Hockey Tournament will air on ESPN channels. You can watch the games for free by signing up for a free trial of fuboTV or Sling.
NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament 2021
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Frozen Four full live stream/TV schedule
Friday, March 26
Bridgeport Regional: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 4 Bemidji State | 1:00 p.m. EST | TV: ESPN2 | Stream: fuboTV
Fargo Regional: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Minnesota Duluth | 4:00 p.m. EST | TV: ESPNU | Stream: fuboTV
Bridgeport Regional | No. 2 Massachusetts vs. No. 3 Lake Superior State | 6:30 p.m. EST | TV: ESPNU | Stream: fuboTV
Fargo Regional: No. 1 North Dakota vs. No. 4 American International | 9:30 p.m. EST | ESPN3 | Stream: Sling
Saturday, March 27
Albany Regional: No. 1 Boston College vs. No. 4 Notre Dame – Canceled after Notre Dame dropped out due to COVID-19 concerns. BC advances.
Bridgeport Regional Championship | 4:00 p.m. EST | ESPNU | Stream: fuboTV
Loveland Regional: No. 2 Minnesota State vs. No. 3 Quinnipiac | 4:00 p.m. | ESPN3 | Stream: Sling
Fargo Regional Championship | 6:30 p.m. EST | TV: ESPNU | Stream: fuboTV
Albany Regional: No. 2 St. Cloud State vs. No. 3 Boston University | 6:30 p.m. EST | TV: ESPNews | Stream:
Loveland Regional: No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 4 Omaha | 9:00 p.m. EST | ESPNU | Stream: fuboTV
Sunday, March 28
Albany Regional Championship | 5:30 p.m. EST | TV: ESPN2 | Stream: fuboTV
Loveland Regional Championship | 8 p.m. EST | TV: ESPN2 | Stream: fuboTV
Thursday, April 8
Fargo Regional Champion vs. Bridgeport Regional Champion | Time: TBD | TV: ESPN2 | Stream: fuboTV
Albany Regional Champion vs. Loveland Regional Champion | Time: TBD | TV: ESPN2 | Stream: fuboTV
Saturday, April 10
National Championship | 7:00 p.m. EST | TV: ESPN or ESPN2 | Stream: fuboTV
More coverage via the Associated Press
Notre Dame is out of the NCAA Division I men’s hockey tournament due to multiple positive COVID-19 test results and contact tracing within its Tier I testing group.
The decision announced Thursday was made after consulting with local health department officials at one of the regional sites in Albany, New York, and the NCAA Medical Advisory Group.
After losing in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, the school said the team remained in conference testing protocols through last Saturday and began additional PCR testing on campus. The university said the team went through seven rounds of testing in the seven days leading up to its departure for Albany on Wednesday.
The Fighting Irish were the fourth seed in the Albany Regional and were slated to take on top-seeded Boston College on Saturday at the Times Union Center.
BC now advances to the next round.