1989 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 1989 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the culmination of the 1988–89 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season, the 42nd such tournament in NCAA history. It was held between March 17 and April 1, 1989, and concluded with Harvard defeating Minnesota 4-3 in overtime. All First Round and Quarterfinals matchups were held at home team venues with the 'Frozen Four' games being played at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1989 NCAA Men's Division I
Ice Hockey Tournament
Finals site
ChampionsHarvard Crimson (1st title)
Runner-upMinnesota Golden Gophers (9th title game)
Winning coachBill Cleary (1st title)
MOPTed Donato Harvard

Qualifying teams[1]

The NCAA permitted 12 teams to qualify for the tournament and divided its qualifiers into two regions (East and West). Each of the tournament champions from the four Division I conferences (CCHA, ECAC, Hockey East and WCHA) received automatic invitations into the tournament with At-large bids making up the remaining 8 teams. The NCAA permitted one Independent team to participate in the tournament and because the previous year the independent qualifier was placed in the West pool the two eastern conferences (ECAC and Hockey East) would split only three open spots as opposed to the West's four open spots. The top four remaining western teams and the top three remaining eastern teams received invitations and were seeded with the automatic qualifiers according to their ranking.

East West
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Maine Hockey East 29–11–0 Tournament champion 3rd 1988 1 Michigan State CCHA 34–7–1 Tournament champion 11th 1988
2 Harvard ECAC Hockey 27–3–0 At-large bid 14th 1988 2 Minnesota WCHA 31–10–3 At-large bid 16th 1988
3 St. Lawrence ECAC Hockey 29–5–0 Tournament champion 11th 1988 3 Lake Superior State CCHA 27–9–6 At-large bid 3rd 1988
4 Boston College Hockey East 22–9–4 At-large bid 16th 1987 4 Northern Michigan WCHA 25–15–2 Tournament champion 3rd 1981
5 Providence Hockey East 19–15–2 At-large bid 6th 1985 5 Bowling Green CCHA 26–16–3 At-large bid 8th 1988
6 St. Cloud State Independent 19–14–2 At-large bid 1st Never 6 Wisconsin WCHA 23–14–5 At-large bid 10th 1988


The tournament featured four rounds of play. The three odd-number ranked teams from one region were placed into a bracket with the three even-number ranked teams of the other region. The teams were then seeded according to their ranking with the top two teams in each bracket receiving byes into the quarterfinals. In the first round the third and sixth seeds and the fourth and fifth seeds played best-of-three series to determine which school advanced to the Quarterfinals with the winners of the 4 vs. 5 series playing the first seed and the winner of the 3 vs. 6 series playing the second seed. In the Quarterfinals the matches were best-of-three series once more with the victors advancing to the National Semifinals. Beginning with the Semifinals all games were played at the St. Paul Civic Center and all series became Single-game eliminations. The winning teams in the semifinals advanced to the National Championship Game.

Tournament Bracket[2]

  First Round
March 17–19
March 24–26
Frozen Four
March 30–31
National Championship
April 1
  E1 Maine 6 3 4**  
  E5 Providence 8 2 3  
W4 Northern Michigan 9 2 0  
E5 Providence 5 4 2
  E1 Maine 4  
  W2 Minnesota 7  
  W2 Minnesota 4 4
  W6 Wisconsin 2 2  
E3 St. Lawrence 1 2  
W6 Wisconsin 3 4
  W2 Minnesota 3
  E2 Harvard 4*
  W1 Michigan State 3 7 5*  
  E4 Boston College 6 2 4  
E4 Boston College 8 4  
W5 Bowling Green 5 2
  W1 Michigan State 3
  E2 Harvard 6  
  E2 Harvard 4 5
  W3 Lake Superior State 2 2  
W3 Lake Superior State 6 4   Third Place Game
E6 St. Cloud State 3 2
E1 Maine 4
W1 Michigan State 7

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

First Round

(E3) St. Lawrence vs. (W6) Wisconsin

Wisconsin won series 2–0

(E4) Boston College vs. (W5) Bowling Green

Boston College won series 2–0

(W3) Lake Superior State vs. (E6) St. Cloud State

Lake Superior State won series 2–0

(W4) Northern Michigan vs. (E5) Providence

Providence won series 2–1


(E1) Maine vs. (E5) Providence

Maine won series 2–1

(E2) Harvard vs. (W3) Lake Superior State

Harvard won series 2–0

(W1) Michigan State vs. (E4) Boston College

Michigan State won series 2–1

(W2) Minnesota vs. (W6) Wisconsin

Minnesota won series 2–0

Frozen Four

National Semifinal

(W1) Michigan State vs. (E2) Harvard

(E1) Maine vs. (W2) Minnesota

Consolation Game

(E1) Maine vs. (W1) Michigan State

National Championship

(W2) Minnesota vs. (E2) Harvard[4][5][6][7]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st MIN Jon Anderson Hankinson and Olimb 6:24 1–0 MIN
2nd HAR Ted DonatoPP MacDonald and Bourbeau 26:30 1–1
HAR Lane MacDonald Young 30:29 2–1 HAR
MIN Jason MillerPP Pitlick and Chorske 33:01 2–2
3rd HAR Ted Donato Sneddon and Vukonich 52:53 3–2 HAR
MIN Peter HankinsonPP Pederson and Skarda 56:34 3–3
1st Overtime HAR Ed KrayerGW B. McCormack and Ciavaglia 64:15 4–3 HAR
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st HAR Ed Krayer Cross-Checking 13:21 2:00
HAR Nick Carone High–Sticking 15:33 2:00
HAR Kevan Melrose Holding 17:39 2:00
2nd MIN Lance Pitlick Elbowing 20:56 2:00
MIN Todd Richards Holding 25:57 2:00
MIN Tom Chorske Hooking 27:22 2:00
HAR Kevin Sneddon Hooking 31:08 2:00
MIN Tom Chorske Interference 37:10 2:00
HAR Josh Caplan Elbowing 38:44 2:00
3rd MIN Tom Pederson Roughing 40:46 2:00
HAR Nick Carone Holding 47:29 2:00
HAR Allen Bourbeau High–Sticking 49:59 2:00
HAR John Weisbrod Cross–Checking 54:46 2:00

All-Tournament Team[8]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)[9]


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