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Road to the NCAA Frozen Four Begins Tonight!

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


With 16 teams setting their sites on the 2005 Frozen Four in Columbus, Ohio, be sure to make newyorkrangers.com your official online destination for Blueshirt prospect updates from the NCAA tournament.

Friday, March 25, 2005

EAST REGION - FIRST ROUND
#3 Boston University (Ken Roche) @ #2 North Dakota
DCU Center (Worcester, Mass) - 8:00 PM ET
Complete Game Notes >>
 This marks the 84th season of intercollegiate hockey at Boston University, and the Terriers come into the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 1265-735-110 for a .626 winning percentage.
 This marks the 28th appearance in the NCAAs for the Terriers, tying them with Michigan for the second-most invitations to the NCAAs.
 This will mark the 18th time since the 1981-82 season that the Terriers and North Dakota will be playing and UND hold the edge, 10-6 with one tie (.618).
 The Terriers will put their 23-13-4 record on the line against the Fighting Sioux, who are 22-14-3. While the Terriers have struggled in their last eight games (3-3-2), North Dakota has come on strong during this same stretch (5-1-2).
 The Terriers are no strangers to the DCU Center, as they have played six games in Regional competition and have compiled a 4-2-0 record.
 This will mark the first time since December 29, 2000 that the Terriers and Fighting Sioux will be playing. That night, the Terriers scored three times in the third period to take a 4-3 win in the opening round of the Badger Showdown at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.
 This will mark the third time these two teams will be playing in the NCAAs. During the 1989-90 season, they met in the first round of the Tournament, and the Terriers eliminated the Sioux, three games to two, to advance to the NCAA Finals.
 Their most recent meeting in the NCAAs came in the 1997 title game where the Sioux skated to a 6-4 win on March 29, 1997.
 In their last 12 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the Terriers have compiled an 18-13 record.
 Since 1992, when the NCAA moved to a regional format, the Terriers have been a three seed twice-2000 and this year.

MIDWEST REGION - FIRST ROUND
#4 Colgate @ #1 Colorado College (Joey Crabb)
Van Andrei Arena (Grand Rapids, Michigan) - 5:00 PM ET
Complete Game Notes >>
 Friday marks just the seventh all-time meeting between Colorado College and Colgate, which never have met before in the post-season. CC owns a slim 3-2-1 advantage in the previous six encounters after splitting a two-game series with the Raiders at the World Arena early during the 1999-00 season.
 The Tigers are participating in the NCAA playoffs for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons and 17th time overall
 The series is tied 1-1-1 on neutral ice. The last time these two teams met, the Raiders defeated the Tigers by a 3-0 score on October 23, 1999.
 The Tigers are participating in the NCAA playoffs, where they own an all-time record of 15-16 (.486), for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons and 17th time overall.
 They won national championships in 1950 and 1957, beating Boston University (13-4) and Michigan (13-6) in the finals those two years, and finished as national runners-up to UM in 1952, 1955 and 1996. While CC never has met Colgate in the post-season, it is 8-2 in the tournament against current members of the ECACHL.
 For the fourth time in school history, the 14th-ranked Colgate University men's ice hockey team will participate in the NCAA Tournament.
 Colgate is 3-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament play with its last appearance in 2000 at the East Regionals in Albany, N.Y. against Michigan.
 The Raiders reached the title game in 1990, losing to Wisconsin 7-3. Colgate played Minnesota in the 1981 quarterfinals in Minneapolis, Minn.

#3 Univ. of Wisconsin @ #2 Univ. of Michigan (Al Montoya)
Van Andrei Arena (Grand Rapids, Michigan) - 8:30 PM ET
Complete Game Notes >>
 Michigan finished the 2004-2005 regular season as Champions of the CCHA with an overall record of 30-7-3, and a conference record of 23-3-2
 Following the regular season Michigan went on to beat No. 7 ranked Ohio State in the Championship Game of the CCHA's Super Six Tournament
 Wisconsin is the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, and finished the 2004'05 regular season ranked No. 13 in the nation, with an overall record of 23-13-4 and a 16-9-3 mark in the WCHA
 This game marks the 117th meeting between these two teams, with Michigan holding the slight advantage at 59-50-7
 These teams have met four times in NCAA Tournament play and have each won twice
 The last time these two met was Nov. 27, 2004 in the 2004 College Hockey Showcase, a 3-1 win for Wisconsin
 Al Montoya has appeared in 5 NCAA Tournament games with Michigan, posting a 3-2 record with a GAA of 2.07 and a Save % of .933
 During the '04-'05 regular season T.J. Hensick (22-30-52) led Michigan in points and was tied with the team's assist leader, Jeff Tambellini (21-31-52) for the team's leader in points
 For Wisconsin, Joe Pavelski (16-29-45) was the team's leader in assists and points, while Robbie Earl's 20 goals paced the Badgers during the regular season
 Between the pipes Montoya was 29-6-3 this year, with a GAA of 2.52 and a Save % of .895
 Manning the goal crease for Wisconsin is Bernd Bruckler, who had a record of 17-11-3 during the season with a GAA of 2.35 and a Save % of .916

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March 26, 2005

WEST REGION - FIRST ROUND
#4 Univ. of Maine (Greg Moore, Billy Ryan) @ #1 Univ. of Minnesota
Mariucci Arena (Minneapolis, Minnesota) - 2:30 PM ET
Complete Game Notes >>
 The Black Bears return to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight season when they go out west to Minneapolis to face Minnesota in the first round
 Maine took regular season champion Boston College to two overtimes in the Hockey East Semifinals before falling 2-1 last Friday, while the Golden Gophers lost 4-2 to North Dakota in the WCHA third place game on Saturday
 The Black Bears returned to the national polls one-week after having fallen out of the Top 15 for the first time in three seasons on January 17. They are currently ranked 12th, the highest ranking since December 6, 2004
 The series between the two teams began in 1984 and Maine holds a 12-9-0 lead overall. At Mariucci Arena overall, Maine is 2-5 with the last win October 17, 1997 by a 6-1 score. At the new Mariucci (since 1993) Maine is 1-1
 The Black Bears and Golden Gophers have met seven times in the NCAA postseason. Maine holds a 5-4 lead in those nine games. Most recently, the two met in the 2002 National Championship game in St. Paul, Minn., with the Golden Gophers winning 4-3 in overtime
 Maine has played three games this year against WCHA opponents. At Alfond Arena, North Dakota took a 4-3 overtime win and a 3-1 win. In the Florida College Classic, Maine tied St. Cloud State 1-1, but did not advance on penalty shots
 The Black Bears have played sixteen games this season against teams ranked in the top 15 at the time of the meeting, with a 8-7-1 record in those games
 In addition, Maine has played fourteen games against teams that are currently ranked in the top 15, with a 3-9-2 record in those games
 Greg Moore is tied for 17th in the nation with 10 power play goals

#3 Ohio State (Nate Guenin) vs. #2 Cornell
Mariucci Arena (Minneapolis, Minnesota) - 6:00 PM ET
 Ohio State (27-10-4) finished the regular season ranked No. 8 nationally and reached the Championship Game of the CCHA's Super Six Tournament, only to fall to conference foe Michigan
 Cornell had a remarkable season, finishing with a record of 26-4-3 and ranked No. 3 in the country
 Cornell wrapped up the ECACHL Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Harvard in the Championship Game
 Nate Guenin has appeared in 11 post-season games for Ohio State and has recorded one goal and two assists for three points to go along with 28 penalty minutes
 The Buckeyes hold a one-game lead in the all-time series with Cornell, 6-5
The teams have met at least once in the last 6 years with Ohio State going 5-3 over the span
 Tom Fritsche (10-33-43) led Ohio State this year in assists and points, while Matt Beaudoin's 23 goals led the team
 Moulson led Cornell this year with 22 goals and 40 points, and Hynes led Cornell in assists with 21


NORTHEAST REGION - FIRST ROUND
#3 Harvard (Rob Flynn, Dylan Reese) @ #2 New Hampshire
Mullins Center (Amherst, Mass) - 3:30 PM ET
Complete Game Notes >>
 The Crimson, which is sits at the top of the band of third-seeds in the tournament and is the ninth seed overall, faces off against a New Hampshire team which finished the season with a 25- 10- 5 record and was a runner up to Boston College in the Hockey East finals. The Crimson also finished second in its conference tournament, falling to Cornell, 3-1.
 The Crimson is making its 20th NCAA appearance overall, and fourth straight. Only four other schools in the country have also appeared in each of the last three tournaments, and all have return engagements this season as well (Michigan, Maine, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.
 The Crimson holds a 17-10 all-time series edge over the Wildcats.
 These two teams last met on December 14, 2000, at the Whittemore Center, a game UNH won, 4-1.
 The Wildcats have won the last five meetings over the Crimson.
 The last Harvard victory over UNH was also the only meeting between the two teams in the NCAA Tournament, as the Crimson defeated the Wildcats, 7-1, on March 26, 1994, in a second round game at Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, N.Y.
 The Wildcats own a 11-18-0 mark in 29 NCAA tournament contests.
UNH is making their 15th appearance in the tournament, which includes 10 appearances since 1994 and 11 under head coach Dick Umile.
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