And so begins the road to the Frozen Four. The 2011 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship gets started Friday afternoon, with the first round games in the East and West Regions, and perhaps most importantly, with Boston College, a No. 1 seed, beginning its title defense when it takes to the ice in St. Louis against Colorado College (airing on ESPNU).
The day's action begins at 3 p.m. ET, with Minnesota-Duluth taking on Union in the East Region, on ESPNU. The West Region opens play with Michigan vs. Nebraska-Omaha and the East Region concludes its first round play with No. 1 Yale against Air Force. For a complete schedule and TV information for Friday's NCAA Hockey Tournament action,make the jump.
2011 NCAA Hockey Championship, First Round
3 p.m., East Region: Minnesota-Duluth vs. Union (Bridgeport, CT), ESPNU
5:30 p.m., West Region: Michigan vs. Nebraska-Omaha (St. Louis, MO), ESPN3
6:30 p.m., East Region: No. 1 Yale vs. Air Force (Bridgeport, CT), ESPNU
9 p.m., West Region: No. 1 Boston College vs. Colorado College (St. Louis, MO), ESPNU