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Eagles Earn Top Seed To NCAA Hockey's St. Louis (West) Regional

March 20, 2011

Boston College men's hockey, which captured the 2011 Hockey East Tournament championship with a 5-3 win over Merrimack on Saturday night for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, has earned the top seed in the West Regional and will play Colorado College on Friday, March 25 at 9 p.m. EST at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Friday's game will be broadcast live on ESPNU in high definition and will also be video streamed online and available at

Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha will precede Boston College and Colorado College in Friday's first regional semifinal in St. Louis at 5:30 p.m.

Boston College is the NCAA Tournament's No. 3 overall seed - and one of four teams to earn the top seed at each regional. Yale earned the No. 1 overall seed and is the top seed in the Bridgeport, Conn., regional. North Dakota earned the No. 2 overall seed and is the top seed at the Green Bay, Wis., regional and Miami (Ohio) earned the No. 4 overall seed and is the top seed at the Manchester, N.H., regional.

The Eagles are making their 30th NCAA Tournament appearance, including their 12th under coach Jerry York (Snooks Kelley and Len Ceglarksi each led BC to nine NCAA Tournament berths).

BC and Colorado College have met 17 times in school history, including three times in NCAA Tournament play. The Eagles hold a 12-4-1 advantage in the all-time series and have won two of three meetings in the national tournament.

Friday's game against Colorado College will mark the first meeting since Dec. 27, 1998 when the Eagles earned a 5-3 win over the Tigers in the opening round of the Denver Cup inside McNichols Sports Arena.

The Eagles enter the 2011 NCAA Tournament with a 30-7-1 record and have won each of the last eight games. Colorado College is 22-18-3.

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