Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/18/12 at 05:48 PM ET
from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,
Boston College has earned the No. 1 overall seed and will get to open the 2012 NCAA men’s hockey tournament near home in Worcester, Mass., but a date with the defending champions could stand in the way of a trip to Tampa, Fla., and the Frozen Four for the Eagles.
Michigan, Union and North Dakota also secured top seeds in the tournament, which begins with first round games Friday and Saturday, while quarterfinal matchups to determine who will play in the Frozen Four at Tampa Bay Times Forum are set for Saturday and Sun., March 25.
Boston College won the Hockey East regular season and conference titles, and boast an NCAA-best 29-10-1 record. The Eagles top scorer is Chris Kreider, who is the top prospect of the New York Rangers and earned plenty of recognition when GM Glen Sather reportedly would not include him in a package for Columbus captain Rick Nash. He has 21 goals and a team-leading 42 points this season.
The Eagles, who have won this tournament twice in the previous four seasons, will face fourth-seeded Air Force in the opening round Saturday at 4 p.m. in Worcester. The Falcons won the regular season and conference championships in Atlantic Hockey this season, and they have allowed the third-fewest goals in the country at 2.13 per contest. That will be tested by the high-scoring Eagles, who average 3.52 per game.
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