Men's Hockey Draws Denver in Opening Round
March 23, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College earned an at-large bid into the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will play Denver on Saturday, March 29, at 4 p.m. (EST) at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The Eagles will be the No. 1 seed in the Northeast regional.
Saturday's game, which will mark the 26th meeting all-time against the No. 4-seeded Pioneers, will be broadcast live on ESPNU in high definition and will be streamed online and available on all WatchESPN platforms.
No. 2-seeded UMass Lowell and No. 3 Minnesota State will join the Eagles and Pioneers at the DCU Center and will square off at 7:30 p.m. (EST) following the BC - Denver contest.
Denver has mounted a 20-15-6 record and won the inaugural National College Hockey Conference (NCHC) tournament on March 22 with a 4-3 victory over Miami (OH) at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Pioneers have made the NCAA Tournament seven-consecutive seasons and won seven national titles in their program's existence (1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 2004 and 2005).
The last time Boston College and Denver squared off was at Kelley Rink on Oct. 14, 2011. DU won that contest, 4-2. Overall, Denver holds a 14-11 advantage over the Eagles. Boston College and Denver have faced each other twice in the NCAA Tournament, including the 1967-68 and 1972-73 seasons. The Pioneers won both of those contests, 4-1 and 10-4, respectively.
The last time BC and Denver met in the NCAA Tournament was during the 1972-73 season (Denver won, 10-4).
Boston College earns its 15th NCAA Tournament berth in the last 17 seasons (2002, 2009), including five-consecutive trips to the postseason.
The Eagles are 45-39, all-time, in NCAA Tournament play and a 32-10 mark under head coach Jerry York. York has led his clubs to 21 NCAA Tournament berths, including six and Bowling Green and 15 at Boston College. York is 37-20-1, all-time, in NCAA play while his 37 tournament victories are the most in college hockey history.
At the DCU Center
Boston College returns to the DCU Center for NCAA regional action for the seventh time since 2000-01.
The Eagles are 10-1 at the DCU Center during that span, earning playoff victories over Maine (2001), Mercyhurst (2005), Miami (2006), Boston University (2006), Minnesota (2008), Miami (2008), Alaska-Fairbanks (2010), Yale (2010), Air Force (2012) and Minnesota-Duluth (2012).
BC's lone loss at the DCU Center came against North Dakota in 2005.
All four national titles under York (2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012) started with regional play in Worcester, Mass.
ESPN will cover the entire 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship which includes 12 regional games from four sites between March 28-30 and the Frozen Four semifinals and finals in Philadelphia on April 10 and 12.
In regional action, ESPNU will televise eight games, including the Midwest, Northeast and West regional finals.
ESPN2 will televise the East regional final and West regional semifinal.
ESPN3 will exclusively carry a Northeast and Midwest regional semifinal.
On Thursday, April 10, ESPN2 will televise the Frozen Four semifinals and on Saturday, April 12, ESPN will televise the Frozen Four Championship Game.
Every game of the tournament will be available on WatchESPN.