Merrimack's Ryan Flanigan #20, Dan Kolomatis #26, and Elliott Sheen #11 pressuring BC netminder, Brian Billett. BC's Patch Albert #3, Steven Whitney #21, and Brian Dumoulin #2 help to keep the puck out of the net.This action took place early in period 1 at BC's Conti Forum on Sunday, January 8, 2012. Connor Toomey scored at 7:48 of period 2 and at 18:50 of period 3 to help secure a 2-2 tie against Boston College. Merrimack went to 11-4-4 (7-3-2 in HE) and Boston College registered its first tie of the season (13-7-1, 9-4-1 in HE). Walter Rossini/Photo
Boston College takes the first overall seed into the NCAA Hockey Tournament. UMass Lowell, Maine and Boston University also made the tournament, which begins Friday.
Four New England teams made the NCAA Division I hockey tournament, with Boston College taking the number one overall seed.
The Hockey East champion Eagles have been placed in the Northeast Regional at Worcester's DCU Center and will face Atlantic Hockey champion Air Force in a first round game on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Maine, runner-up in the Hockey East Tournament, earned third seed in the Northeast Regional, and will face defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
UMass Lowell will play Friday in the East Regional in Bridgeport, CT's Webster Bank Arena. The Riverhawks will face Miami (Ohio) Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Boston University has the longest trip of all the New England teams, and is the third seed in the West Regional at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. They will play Minnesota at 5 p.m. CST (6 p.m. in Boston.)
The games will be aired on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
Below is the complete bracket.