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NCAA round 1 primer

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks

Brock Boeser and Adam Gaudette will go head-to-head in the first round of the NCAA tournament, while Thatcher Demko and Boston College take on Harvard.

NCAA Midwest Regional

No. 1 North Dakota (30-6-4) vs. No. 4 Northeastern (22-13-5)

Friday, March 25 at 11:00am PT (TSN2)

Prospects: Brock Boeser, North Dakota & Adam Gaudette, Northeastern

Notes: One Canuck prospect will be moving on to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Boeser and his North Dakota team come in as the number one seed in the Midwest region after winning 30 of their 40 games this season thanks to Boeser’s 51 points (25-26-51) in 38 games. However, Northeastern is no push-over. They just won the Hockey East tournament and have only lost two games since November, going 20-2-2 in that span, including their current 13 game winning streak. Overshadowed by the stellar season of Boeser, Gaudette has also had an impressive freshman season, scoring 30 points (12-18-30) in 40 games, including 25 points (9-16-25) in his past 22 games.

The winner will move on to play either Michigan or Notre Dame on Saturday for a chance to go to the NCAA Frozen Four.

NCAA Northeast Regional

No. 2 Boston College (26-7-5) vs. No. 3 Harvard (19-10-4)

Friday, March 25 at 5:00pm PT

Prospect: Thatcher Demko, Boston College

Notes: Demko stopped 21-of-23 shots in a 3-2 win over Harvard back on February 1, the team’s lone meeting of the season. After going 15 straight without a loss, Boston College has struggled as of late, dropping three of their past five games entering the tournament, including a 5-4 loss to Northeastern in the Hockey East semifinals. If Boston College is to make a run, they will need Demko to play the way he has all season. He sits first in the NCAA with 10 shutouts, and third with a .935 SV%.

The winner will meet either Providence or Minnesota Duluth in the second round on Saturday.

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