March 20, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team garnered an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA Ice Hockey Selection Committee announced Sunday (March 20). U-M has qualified for 21 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, which is a national record. The Maize and Blue received a No. 2 seed in the West Regional that will be played in St. Louis, Mo. The Wolverines (26-10-4) will take on the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (21-15-2) in the regional opener on Friday (March 25) at 4:30 p.m. CDT. The game will be shown live in high definition on ESPN3.com.
The Scottrade Center will play host to the West Regional. Following the opening match between Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha, the No. 1 seed and reigning NCAA champion Boston College Eagles will take on the No. 4 seed Colorado College Tigers. The game is slated for 8 p.m. CDT and will be shown on ESPNU. The championship contest will take place on Saturday (March 26) at 8 p.m. CDT on ESPNU.
U-M is appearing in its 34th NCAA Tournament overall, which leads the nation. Michigan is 47-26 all-time in the tournament, including a record nine national titles (1948, '51, '52, '53, '55, '56, '64, '96, '98).
The Mavericks spent 11 seasons (1999-2000 through 2009-10) in the CCHA with Michigan before departing for the WCHA. U-M hosted UNO for two games this past fall on Oct. 22-23. UNO won the opener, 4-2, while U-M took the finale, 6-1. Overall, Michigan owns a 25-7-3 advantage in the series. This will be the first meeting between the two schools in the NCAA Tournament.
The Central Collegiate Athletic Association is hosting the West Regional in conjunction with the St. Louis Sports Commission. The Scottrade Center seats 19,150 for hockey games and is the home ice of the NHL's St. Louis Blues, for whom Michigan head coach Red Berenson previously played (1967-71, 1974-78) and coached (1979-82).
The last time Michigan faced Boston College was on Oct. 12, 2007, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., where Michigan won in a 4-3 overtime thriller. Michigan has a 4-2 record vs. BC in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan is 5-2 against Colorado College in NCAA Tournament play. U-M opposed CC earlier this season, defeating the Tigers 6-5 in the Great Lakes Invitational title game on Dec. 30.
The Michigan Athletics Ticket Office will have West Regional tickets on sale for hockey season ticket holders only beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday (March 21) until 9 a.m. Tuesday (March 22). All-session tickets are $39. Hockey public season ticket holders may order up to two tickets, and hockey student season ticket holders may order one ticket. Purchases can be made in person at the U-M ticket office or by phone by calling (734) 764-0247 or toll-free (866) 296-MTIX (6849). Tickets will only be available for pick up at the Scottrade Center.
All-session tickets for the West Regional are priced at $39 and are available through Ticketmaster online or by calling 800-745-3000. More information on tickets is available through the Scottrade Center site.
The game will be televised on Comcast in Southeast Michigan, Altitude and Time Warner Upstate (N.Y.). Additionally, ESPN3.com will provide a free live HD web stream and the game will be shown on tape-day at 11:30 p.m. EDT on ESPNU.
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423
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