CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 2/2 Harvard men's hockey team will head to Providence, Rhode Island as the top seed in the East Regional, as announced by the NCAA Sunday.
The Crimson will open the regional with a battle against fourth-seeded Providence at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Friday, March 24. The game will be aired live on ESPNU at 4 p.m. The second matchup of the East Region will pit second-seed Western Michigan against third-seed Air Force at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3. The winners will meet at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Harvard is making its 24th NCAA Tournament appearance and third straight. Harvard leads the all-time series against the Friars, 17-9-1, but the teams have not met since Harvard took a 2-0 decision on Jan. 12, 1984.
The Crimson last played in the NCAA Tournament in Providence in 1986, beating Denver in the semifinals, but falling to Michigan State in the national title game. The Crimson's first NCAA appearance occurred in 1955.
Harvard enters the national tournament with a 26-5-2 overall record after winning the ECAC Hockey playoffs Saturday night. The title was the 10th in program history for the Crimson and second in the last three years. Harvard is on a 16-game unbeaten streak (15-0-1), the longest in program history and its 14-game win streak is one shy of matching the program record set in 1988-89. The Crimson posted a 16-4-2 mark in conference play this season.