Let the title defense begin. Boston College, a No. 1 seed in the West Region of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship, begins its quest for a second-straight national championship Friday night, when it takes to the ice against Colorado College in St. Louis, MO, at 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
The Eagles are the No. 1 seed in the West Regional, where they're joined by Michigan (the No. 2 seed) and Nebraska-Omaha, which meet Friday at 5:30 p.m. The winners from the two first round games meet in the West Regional Final Saturday night, with a spot in the Frozen Four on the line.
Unsurprisingly, Brian at BC Interruption has high hopes for BC:
I'm a self-proclaimed Yale hater, so I've got Union continuing its dream season and winning the East Regional over Yale. In the Northeast, I have Miami over Merrimack. Other than those two Regionals, I agree with your picks. In the Frozen Four, I'm going with BC over Denver and Miami over Union.
BC enters the game 30-7-1, and ranked No. 2 in the country; Colorado College is 22-18-3 overall. Dating back to the 1968-69 season, the Eagles own a 10-game undefeated streak (9-0-1) against the Tigers, and are 12-4-1 all-time against CC.
2011 NCAA Hockey Championship, First and Second Rounds (March 25-27)
Friday, March 25
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
Saturday, March 26
1:30 p.m., Midwest Region: No.1 North Dakota vs. Rensselaer (Green Bay, WI), ESPN3
4 p.m., Northeast Region: No. 1 Miami vs. New Hampshire (Manchester, NH), ESPNU
5 p.m., Midwest Region: Denver vs. Western Michigan (Green Bay, WI), ESPN3
7:30 p.m., Northeast Region: Merrimack vs. Notre Dame (Manchester, NH), ESPN3
6:30 p.m. East Regional Final (Teams TBD), ESPNU
9 p.m. West Regional Final (Teams TBD), ESPNU
Sunday, March 27, 2011
5:30 p.m. Midwest Regional Final (Teams TBD), ESPNU
8 p.m. Northeast Regional Final (Teams TBD), ESPNU
For more on the 2011 NCAA Hockey Championship, visit the StoryStreams at both SB Nation and SBN Boston as well as our Boston College blog, BC Interruption.