Union’s Max Novak, right, who’s from Oak Ridge in North Jersey, celebrates his goal over Brown with teammates Nick Cruice and Shayne Gostisbehere during Saturday’s ECAC Hockey final in Atlantic City.

Tom Briglia

Three of the four teams that played at Boardwalk Hall over the weekend were selected Sunday for the 16-team NCAA Division men’s ice hockey tournament.

Quinnipiac was not hurt by its 4-0 loss to Brown in the semifinals of the ECAC Hockey tournament in Atlantic City — the Bobcats still earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

Also in the field are Yale and Union. The ECAC was tied for the second-most teams in the tournament. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association sent six teams and the Hockey East Association three. The Atlantic Hockey Association and Central Collegiate Hockey Association sent two each.

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Yale made it despite losing its ECAC semifinal and third-place game by a combined 8-0 to Union and Quinnipiac, respectively.

Union, a Frozen Four qualifier last season, earned the ECAC’s automatic bid by winning the championship at Boardwalk Hall for the second year in a row.

Interestingly, Union and Quinnipiac are in the same regional and could meet in the round of eight. Quinnipiac plays No. 4 seed Canisius in the first round, while No. 3 Union faces No. 2 Boston College, the defending national champion.

Yale is a No. 4 seed and faces Minnesota, the second overall No. 1 seed. The Bulldogs would not play Quinnipiac or Union unless they meet in the national title game.

The ECAC held its championship in Atlantic City for the third year in a row. It will move to Lake Placid, N.Y., next season.


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