All but one higher seed takes the first round playoff series, NCHC, Hockey East wrap the regular season: USCHO Weekend Review episode 22

8 Mar 19: The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers host the University of Michigan Wolverines in quarterfinal round of the 2019 B1G Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at 3M at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis, MN. (Jim Rosvold)
Brannon McManus gave Minnesota an overtime win on Friday night over Michigan (photo: Jim Rosvold).

Though it took three games in some, and a few overtimes, the higher seeds prevailed in all but one weekend playoff series.

Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger look at the first round in Atlantic Hockey, Big Ten, ECAC Hockey, and WCHA, as well as the final weekend in the NCHC and Hockey East. Also of note: a couple of pro signings, some controversial replay, and some attendance questions.

This episode is sponsored by the NCAA men’s ice hockey Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., April 11 and 13:

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.