Terriers practiced today at St. Paul's Xxcel Energy Center
● NCAA.com previews the Western Regional, which begins Saturday.
● GoTerriers.com has updated player bios
● The Boston Herald looks at Matt Nieto’s standout season
►NCAA Tournament action begins today with three games on ESPNU. At 3:00 p.m. ET, Eastern Regional top seed Union takes on Michigan State. Then at 6:30 p.m. ET, Lowell faces off with Miami. In a Midwest Regional game, Cornell meets Michigan at 8 p.m. ET.
► The BU-Minnesota tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET will air live on ESPN3.com. It will also air on delayed taped on ESPNU on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
►BU Alumni has scheduled Pre-game Events and Watch Parties on Saturday in both St. Paul and Boston. Event details/reservations: St. Paul. The Friends of BU Hockey are hosting the event in Boston.
BU vs. Minnesota in the NCAAs
In 1985-86, led by Peter Marshall and Chris Matchett, BU won its first Hockey East title and earned home ice in the first round of the NCAAs. However, BU’s season ended the following weekend at the hands of visiting Minnesota which swept BU, 6-4 and 5-3, in the two-game, total goals series. For details on these games, see the article by blog contributor mh82 titled The 1985-86 Terriers: BU First Hockey East Champions. It's also located in our Terrier Tales sidebar.
Fast forward eight years to 1993-94 when BU had again won the Hockey East championship. After disposing of Wisconsin in the Albany regional, BU met Minnesota in the NCAA semis at the St. Paul Civic Center. Terriers jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead, which the Gopher’s narrowed to 3-1 in the middle period. BU closed out the scoring in the third period for a 4-1 final. BU All-American Mike Pomichter scored twice, including the game-winner, while Steve Thornton and Bob Lachance also found the net. JP McKersie, who earned second-team All-American honors along with Rich Brennan and Jacques Joubert, stopped 31 Minnesota shots.
In the national championship game two nights later, BU was overwhelmed by Lake Superior, 9-1, and finished the season at 34-7.