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Bracketology: The Final Day

Who will play for a chance to play in Boston?

Welcome back to The Ice Garden’s Bracketology column.

As always you can follow along from home using the PWR Calculator BCI’s Grant Salzano created from scratch. On the site you can edit past and future results to see where the rankings would end up. The odds of each are calculated via the KRACH rankings.

We have reached the final day before we have the NCAA tournament field announced tonight. There are only three games to go with lots of intrigue

What we know already

We have three teams that are locked into home ice: Cornell, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Two teams are locked into traveling: Ohio State and Mercyhurst.

As for seeding all we know is Cornell will be the top seed and Wisconsin will be the 2nd seed. Clarkson will be 7th if they make the tournament.

What is left

Northeastern will play the other Huskies from Connecticut in the Hockey East Championships with a home ice bid and the third seed on the line. They know if they win they will be 3rd, if they lose they will either be 4th or if all three games go poorly for them they will be 5th.

Princeton will play the top seeded Cornell in the ECAC Championships trying to keep their hopes of hosting alive.

Wisconsin will wrap up our hockey for the day as they take on upset minded Ohio State in the WCHA Championships.

The possible brackets

With three games remaining, there are eight possible brackets. Due to overlap there are only five possible seeding sets and three possible sets of matchups.

Northeastern, Cornell, Wisconsin or Ohio State (64%)

1 Cornell v 8 Mercyhurst
2 Wisconsin v 7 Clarkson
3 Northeastern v 6 Princeton
4 Minnesota v 5 Ohio State

Northeastern, Princeton, Wisconsin or Ohio State (24%)

1 Cornell v 8 Mercyhurst
2 Wisconsin v 7 Clarkson
3 Northeastern v 5 Princeton
4 Minnesota v 6 Ohio State

Connecticut, Cornell, Wisconsin or Ohio State (9%)

1 Cornell v 8 Connecticut
2 Wisconsin v 7 Mercyhurst
3 Minnesota v 5 Ohio State
4 Northeastern v 6 Princeton

Connecticut, Princeton, Wisconsin (2%)

1 Cornell v 8 Connecticut
2 Wisconsin v 7 Mercyhurst
3 Minnesota v 6 Ohio State
4 Northeastern v 5 Princeton

Connecticut, Princeton, Ohio State (1%)

1 Cornell v 8 Connecticut
2 Wisconsin v 7 Mercyhurst
3 Minnesota v 6 Ohio State
4 Princeton v 5 Northeastern

As always here at The Ice Garden we assume the committee will stick to the rule book and just minimize flights to save costs. We do not plan on a repeat of the mess they made in 2016. Though the only possible cost saver available would be Clarkson to Cornell or even more egregious would be Connecticut to Northeastern

The bracket will be announced on NCAA.com tonight at 9 p.m.