The road to the Frozen Four starts Friday, March 26, with the NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Regional games. 16 teams will battle it out this weekend to see which 4 will play in the Semi-Finals on April 8th and the National Championship on April 10th. While the tournament will air on the combination of ESPNU, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3, you don’t need cable to watch. Not only do you not need cable, but you can watch the regional tournament live as it airs and for free using a free trial to a streaming service that carries those channels. Each service also includes a cloud DVR so you can record games and watch at your convenience. I’ve linked those services and provide instructions on watching each below.
- Hulu Live TV – offers a 7-day free trial to Hulu Live TV. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3, and ESPNU are all in the basic Hulu+Live TV package. See our review of Hulu for more details.
- FuboTV – offers a 1-week free trial. ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 are available in the basic plan, add the FuboTV Sports Extra package for ESPNU. See our review of fuboTV for more information.
- YouTube TV – offers a 1-week free trial. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPNU are all in the basic Hulu+Live TV package. See our review of YouTube TV for more details.
The easiest way to watch is to grab a subscription to one of these services and use the ESPN app. This way you don’t need to worry about which channel the game is on. All NCAA Ice Hockey games will be consolidated within the app. Furthermore, there are games on ESPN3 which you will need the app to watch on some services.
Watch NCAA Ice Hockey Championship with the ESPN App
Once you subscribe to one of the streaming services, you can watch through the streaming service’s app. For example, ESPN is available to watch through the Live TV section of Hulu’s app. However, you can also watch all the ESPN branded channels in their lineup through the ESPN App on your supported device. Below are the steps to unlock your ESPN channels on Roku. Other streaming devices and have a very similar process.
- Subscribe to a streaming service that carries the ESPN channels you need. For example, you can subscribe to Hulu using this 1-week free trial.
- Go to the channel store on your device.
- Please search for the ESPN app, and add it to your device.
- Open the app, and click the setting gear from the top right of the menu.
- Then select “Account Information” and then “TV Provider.”
- Your device will provide an activation code and the URL https://espn.com/active.
- Using a web browser on your laptop or mobile device, go to https://espn.com/active and entered the supplied code.
- You will then be asked for the TV provider you signed up for that has ESPN. You will then log into the service using the credentials from the TV streaming service you are subscribed to. ( For example, I used my Hulu credentials)
- Once you successfully log in, The ESPN App screen will refresh and list your TV provider.
- The ESPN app is now set up. In the ESPN app, you should be able to go to “Browse,” then “Channels” and watch any channels listed that your TV streaming service provides. (Hulu in My case)
Of course you can also use the streaming services app to watch the ESPN channels through their live TV guide. I just find it more convenient to use the ESPN app as it consolidates all the ESPN channels under one interface.
For information on watching each channel without cable see the articles below:
NCAA Ice Hockey Championship TV Schedule
East Regional – Bridgeport, CT
- #1 Wisconsin vs. #4 Bemidji State – Friday, 3/26, 1 PM – ESPN2
- #2 UMass vs #3 Lake Superior St – Friday, 3/26, 6:30 PM – ESPNU
- Regional Final – Saturday, 3/27, 4 PM – ESPNU
Midwest Regional – Fargo, ND
- #2 Michigan vs #3 Minnesota-Duluth – Friday, 3/26, 4 PM, ESPNU
- #1 North Dakota vs #4 AIC – Friday, 3/26, 9:30 PM, ESPN3.com
- Regional Final – Saturday, 3/27 – 6:30 PM – ESPNU
Northeast Regional – Albany, NY
- #1 Boston Collegevs #4 Notre Dame – Saturday, 3/27 – 1:00 PM – ESPN News
- #2 St. Cloud State vs #3 Boston University – Saturday, 3/27 – 6:30 PM – ESPN News
- Regional Final – Sunday, 3/28 – 5:30 PM – ESPN2
West Regional – Loveland, CO
- #2 Minnesota State vs #3 Quinnipiac – Saturday, 3/27 – 4:00 PM – ESPN3
- #1 Minnesota vs #4 Nebraska Omaha – Saturday, 3/27 – 9:00 PM – ESPNU
- Regional Final – Sunday, 3/28 – 8:00 PM – ESPN2
Frozen Four – Pittsburgh, PA
- Semifinals – April 8 at 5:00 PM & 9:00 PM on ESPN 2
- National Championship – April 10 at 7:00 PM on ESPN
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