Harvard and Boston College will meet Friday night at 8 p.m. in Worcester (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 9/9 Harvard men's hockey team will head to Worcester, Massachusetts as the three-seed selected to the Northeast Regional of the NCAA Tournament, as announced by the NCAA Sunday live on a selection show aired on ESPNU.
The Crimson will face second-seed Boston College in the opening round Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. with ESPNU airing the game live from the DCU Center. The other matchup in the Northeast Regional is Providence, the one seed, versus fourth-seeded Minnesota-Duluth with the winners of those two games meeting the next day at 9 p.m., also on ESPNU.
Harvard and Boston College have met 123 times since the first meeting in 1919, but never in the NCAA Tournament. The teams met in the opening round of the Beanpot this year with Boston College winning, 3-2.
Harvard is making its 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second-straight after playing in the Midwest Regional last season. Friday's matchup against the Eagles will mark the fourth NCAA Tournament game in Worcester for the Crimson and first since 2003 when it met Boston University in the first round.
The Crimson's first NCAA appearance occurred in 1955. Twice in the history of Harvard hockey, the Crimson has gone to five straight NCAA Tournaments. The first five-tournament appearance streak began in 1985 and culminated in 1989 with the first national team championship ever won by a Harvard team. Head coach Ted Donato was the tournament MVP of that victory and upon taking over the helm of the program before the 2004-05 season he led the Crimson to the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Tournaments, the last two in the second five-appearance stretch.
Harvard enters the national tournament with a 19-10-4 overall record after reaching the finals of the ECAC Hockey playoffs Saturday night. The Crimson posted a 12-6-4 mark in conference play this season.