The Utica University Pioneers men's hockey team will have an extra week to prepare for the NCAA Division III hockey championship tournament after receiving a bye during Monday's selection show. That means Heenan's Pioneers won't play until the quarterfinals at home on March 18th.

Utica, ranked #1 in the nation in Division III, will play the winner of this Saturday's game between Plymouth State and University of New England. Last year, UNE upset Utica 2-0 at home and ended the Pioneers season in the quarterfinals. Plymouth State and UNE play Saturday at 7 PM at the University of New England.

Utica's path to a national championship might cross #4 seed Adrian, which picked off Utica twice in early-season games back in October. Those were Utica's only losses of the season. Endicott and Hobart are the other top four seeded teams.

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Where are the teams that received automatic berths into the tournament after winning their conference tournament.

Commonwealth Coast Conference: Endicott College (22-2-2)
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference: Plymouth State University (23-3-1)
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: Augsburg University (16-9-2)
New England Hockey Conference: Hobart College (26-2-0)
New England Small College Athletic Conference: Bowdoin College (15-9-3)
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association: Adrian College (23-4-2)
State University of New York Athletic Conference: SUNY Plattsburgh (20-5-2)
United Collegiate Hockey Conference: Utica College (25-2-1)
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (19-5-4)

Three at-large teams were added into the tournament during the selection show on Monday.

Curry College (21-5-1), the University of New England (19-6-2) and Norwich University (19-6-2).

Here are the current national rankings for Division III according to the NCAA.


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