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NCAA Update

Yale beats North Dakota to make Frozen Four

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 9:08 PM / NCAA Update

Yale, the last team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, became the first team to earn a berth in this year's Frozen Four by scoring four times in the third period to beat North Dakota 4-1 on Saturday in the final of the NCAA West Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich.

It's the first trip to the championship round since 1952 for Yale, which didn't qualify for the tournament until Michigan lost to Notre Dame in the CCHA tournament final on Sunday.

Jesse Root, whose overtime goal on Friday eliminated top-seeded Minnesota, broke a 1-1 tie with 4:56 left in regulation with a power-play goal. He worked his way into the left circle and whipped a shot from the faceoff dot that beat goaltender Clarke Saunders.

Freshman Stu Wilson added an insurance goal when he knocked in a rebound with 2:21 remaining, and Kenny Agostino hit the empty net with a minute to play.

Yale stuns Minnesota in NCAA West opener

Saturday, 03.30.2013 / 12:18 AM / NCAA Update

The top-seeded team in the NCAA West Regional is gone.

Jesse Root scored 9 seconds into overtime to give fourth-seeded Yale a 3-2 victory against Minnesota in the first regional semifinal Friday in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Kenny Agostino -- one of the players traded by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Calgary Flames in the Jarome Iginla deal -- intercepted Minnesota defenseman Ben Marshall's pass behind the net and fed Root, who beat Adam Wilcox for his 10th goal of the season. It was the fastest overtime goal in NCAA Tournament history.

NCAA Tournament: Players to watch

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 10:00 PM / NCAA Update

Michael Blinn - Staff Writer

College hockey's version of the Sweet 16 gets under way Friday night when the NCAA Tournament begins. The winners of the four regionals will reconvene at the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh on April 11, with the two winners squaring off for the championship two nights later. looks at one player from each team to keep an eye on as the tournament unfolds.

East Regional (Providence, R.I.O

Matthew Peca -- Sophomore, C, Quinnipiac

34 GP, 11 G -14 A - 25 Pts.

Tampa Bay Lighting / 2011, 7th Round

At 5-foot-9, Peca can hardly be described as intimidating, but there's little that gets him off of his game. His feet are always moving at a high rate -- with or without the puck -- making him dangerous every time he's on the ice. He's become a go-to player for the Bobcats, and was a major piece of their 21-game unbeaten streak this season. His ability to score, create plays and come up big in clutch situations (he has four game-winners this season) are big a reason why Quinnipiac earned the top seed in the East Regional.

A guide to the 2013 NCAA tournament

Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 10:15 AM / NCAA Update

Bob Snow - Correspondent

Boston College will look to defend its title when the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship opens this weekend.

Five teams received automatic bids for winning their respective league tournaments: Canisius from the Atlantic Hockey Association, Notre Dame from the CCHA, Union College from the ECAC, UMass-Lowell from Hockey East, and Wisconsin from the WCHA.

Another 11 teams received the at-large invitation based on the final PairWise rankings. 

The winner of each regional advances to Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for the 2013 Frozen Four, with the semifinals set for April 11, and the championship game at 7 p.m. ET on April 13.

2013 NCAA Championship teams announced

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 9:46 PM / NCAA Update

The field for the 2013 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship is set.

The 16 teams were announced Sunday night, with four teams going to each of the regional sites in Providence, R.I., Grand Rapids, Mich., Manchester, N.H., and Toledo, Ohio for a one-and-done scenario from March 29-31.

Automatic bids were handed out to the winners of each conference's postseason: Lowell (Hockey East), Wisconsin (WCHA), Union (ECAC), Notre Dame (CCHA) and Canisius (Atlantic Hockey).

The rest of the field is determined by the NCAA's objective Pairwise rankings system and sent regional sites by the committee representing each of the five Division I conferences. Host schools and top seeds are placed by proximity, with an eye towards serpentine matchups and avoidance of first-round intra-conference games.

Winners of each regional will take part in the Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on April 10 and 12.

DeKeyser, Sustr among intriguing NCAA free agents

Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 4:10 PM / NCAA Update

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

It has been proven time and again there are many paths to the National Hockey League, and plenty of players take an unconventional route.

The college hockey season has reached its own "March Madness" with the final weekend of conference tournaments starting in a couple days and the NCAA Tournament beginning the following weekend.

That also means it is time for college hockey's version of a free-agent frenzy, as players who weren't drafted prior to turning 20 get ready to sign professional contracts.

No. 1 Quinnipiac seeks long run in NCAA tournament

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 9:00 AM / NCAA Update

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

On Nov. 6, in Quinnipiac's most frustrating contest in a young NCAA hockey season, it lost at home, 2-1 to American International, despite outshooting its opponent 40-17.

The loss dropped Quinnipiac to 3-4-1.

This wasn't supposed to happen to a motivated Bobcats team with 11 seniors on the roster. The rest of college hockey may not have shared coach Rand Pecknold's expectations, but entering his 19th season in Hamden, Conn., he had lofty goals for a program that hadn't moved beyond the ECAC tournament quarterfinals since 2007.

"I think for that first month of October, guys hadn't really been buying into our system and buying into being selfless. We had a lot of selfish play," Pecknold said. "We just came in as a coaching staff and said, 'We know we weren't very good last night, but let's move on. We've been good at having a short memory; this is what we need to do to be successful.'"

Boston College coach York sets NCAA wins record

Saturday, 12.29.2012 / 8:42 PM / NCAA Update

Jerry York's place among the greatest coaches in college hockey history has long since been sealed, but there are now no others who have experienced more success.

Boston College defeated Alabama-Huntsville 5-2 on Saturday night in the opening round of the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, and the win is No. 925 in York's storied career. It pushes him past Ron Mason for the most in NCAA hockey history, after York had tied the former Lake Superior State, Bowling Green and Michigan State coach in Boston College's 5-2 win Dec. 1 against rival Boston University. York's team had played only one game in the previous 28 days -- a 3-3 tie at Providence on Dec. 7.

York began his coaching career at Clarkson in 1972-73 before moving to Bowling Green and replacing Mason in 1979-80. He won four conference titles with the Falcons, and his first of five national titles in 1984, before joining Boston College for the 1994-95 season.

Alumni rally to revive Bowling Green hockey program

Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 10:30 PM / NCAA Update

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

When Boston College coach Jerry York breaks the tie with Michigan State's Ron Mason atop college hockey's all-time wins list, it will be a special moment. But the record won't be the only thing linking the two legends.

York replaced Mason as head coach at Bowling Green State University in 1979, eventually leading the school in northwestern Ohio to the 1984 NCAA hockey title.

That coaching legacy is just part of a BGSU hockey history that includes 12 Olympians, 18 All-Americans, two Hobey Baker winners, and four Stanley Cup champions, including Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and former Norris Trophy winner Rob Blake (Colorado Avalanche).

So when the program fell on hard times, the people who helped establish that legacy came back to help.

Late goal keeps BC coach York from wins record

Friday, 12.07.2012 / 4:10 PM / NCAA Update Staff

Jerry York will have to wait to make history. 

The Boston College coach was 11 seconds away from setting the NCAA record for wins before Providence College tied their game Friday night. It ended 3-3, and York remains tied at 924 victories with longtime Michigan State coach Ron Mason atop the all-time list. 

Boston College led 2-0 after two periods, despite being outshot 28-12. The teams then alternated goals in the first 2:08 of the third before the Friars scored at 19:49 to force overtime. 

Boston College does not play again until Dec. 29 against Alabama-Huntsville at the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.

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