The Boston College Eagles begin the 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament on Saturday afternoon against the Air Force Falcons. (Game Time: 4 p.m., TV Schedule: ESPN U, ESPN 3)
Boston College earned the tournament's No. 1 overall seed by winning its final 15 games entering the tournament. The Eagles, who captured the Hockey East tournament title by outlasting Maine in the championship game, are hardly in foreign territory in the NCAA Tournament -- this is their 13th tournament berth in the last 15 seasons, and 31st overall.
Air Force earned an automatic berth into the tournament by winning the Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament. The Falcons smoked RIT in the championship game, 4-0, to capture the AHA tournament title for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
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