Sunday, March 22, 2009

Terriers head to Manchester for Regionals

BU, the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament, will be the #1 seed in the Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. They'll play Ohio State in the 5:30 p.m. game on Saturday, March 28. The other half of the regional pits host New Hampshire against North Dakota, two teams BU has already played this season, in the first game. Saturday's regional final will be broadcast on ESPN2. The regional final, at 5:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 29, airs on ESPNU.

BU will be pursuing its fifth national championship, having won titles in 1971, 1972, 1978 and 1995.

The full NCAA draw is here. USCHO coverage. Past champions.

► Normally, the top overall seed is matched against #16, but the presence of two CCHA teams, Miami and Ohio State as the #13 and #15 seeds forced a change. The NCAA selection committee avoids intra-conference matchups in the first round. So neither of those teams can play Notre Dame or Michigan, which also are regional top seeds. Notre Dame drew #16 Bemidji State, while Michigan faces #14 Air Force.

► The Connolly family Duluth will have some travel decisions to make. In addition to BU freshman Chris, their younger son, Jack, is also is freshmen at Minnesota-Duluth which won the WCHA title as the fifth seed in its league tournament.

►Four of the five conference championship games on Saturday were shutouts. Besides the Terriers' 1-0 win over Lowell, Yale blanked Cornell, 5-0, Minnesota-Duluth shocked Denver, 4-0 and Air Force whitewashed Mercyhurst, 2-0. Notre Dame, the second overall seed in the NCAA tournament, came back from a two-goal deficit to beat Michigan, 5-2.

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