BU to Face Yale in Opening Round of the NCAA Tournament
By Pat O’Rourke
BU News Service
The Hockey East champion BU Terriers will travel to Manchester, N.H., for the Northeast regional of the NCAA Tournament, where they are the top seed. The field was announced on Sunday afternoon.
BU will take on Yale on Friday, puck drop slated for 2 p.m. Yale is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2013, when they defeated Quinnipiac for their first NCAA title.
The Terriers are in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012, where they bowed out in the first round to Minnesota, 7-3. The last time they were in the Frozen Four was in 2009, when they defeated Miami (Ohio) for the program’s fifth national championship. BU has qualified for the Frozen Four 21 times, tied with Minnesota for the third-most. BC and Michigan lead the way, with 24 appearances each. Despite the number of appearances, the Terriers have made college hockey’s penultimate round just once since 1997.
BU is one of three teams representing the Hockey East in the 16-team field, joined by Providence and BC, who both will play in the East Regional in Providence. Harvard, Yale, and Quinnipiac, representing the ECAC, round out slate of New England schools in the tournament.
With a win on Friday, the Terriers will face the winner of Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Frozen Four is being hosted at the TD Garden, where BU is 4-0 this season.
The Frozen Four has been hosted in Boston twice since the Hockey East was founded in 1985, in 1998 and 2004. Both times, the conference was represented in the national title game. BC was in the big game in 1998, losing to Michigan, 3-2, in overtime. Six years later, Maine dropped at 1-0 decision to Denver on Causeway Street.