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2011 NCAA tournament TV schedule unveiled; all games in HD

Following is the television schedule for the 2011 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament. All times are EDT.

For the first time, all games will be broadcast in high definition.

Some games are not being aired live nationally, but those are available for syndication on local channels or regional networks. Where available, those channels are listed in parentheses after ESPN Syndication in the list below.

All 15 tournament games will be available on ESPN3.com.

Friday, March 25

3 p.m. — Union vs. Minnesota-Duluth, ESPNU

5:30 p.m. — Michigan vs. Nebraska-Omaha, ESPN Syndication (Comcast 900 — Michigan)

6:30 p.m. — Yale vs. Air Force, ESPNU

9 p.m. — Boston College vs. Colorado College, ESPNU

11:30 p.m. — Michigan vs. Nebraska-Omaha, ESPNU (same-day delay)

Saturday, March 26

1:30 p.m. — North Dakota vs. Rensselaer, ESPN Syndication

4 p.m. — Miami vs. New Hampshire, ESPNU

5 p.m. — Denver vs. Western Michigan, ESPN Syndication (Altitude 2)

6:30 p.m. — East Regional final: Union/Minnesota-Duluth vs. Yale/Air Force, ESPNU

7:30 p.m. — Merrimack vs. Notre Dame, ESPN Syndication

9 p.m. — West Regional final: Michigan/Nebraska-Omaha vs. Boston College/Colorado College, ESPNU

11:30 p.m. — Merrimack vs. Notre Dame, ESPNU (same-day delay)

Sunday, March 27

12:30 p.m. — North Dakota vs. Rensselaer, ESPNU (one-day delay)

3 p.m. — Denver vs. Western Michigan, ESPNU (one-day delay)

5:30 p.m. — Midwest Regional final: North Dakota/Rensselaer vs. Denver/Western Michigan, ESPNU

8 p.m. — Northeast Regional final: Miami/New Hampshire vs. Merrimack/Notre Dame, ESPNU

Thursday, April 7

5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — National semifinals, ESPN2

Saturday, April 9

7 p.m. — National championship, ESPN


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  • Streit

    what does ESPN Syndication mean?

    • Jim Connelly

      Local cable networks like NESN, Fox Sports Detroit, etc., can purchase the right to air the games. Local networks (UPN, Fox, etc.) can also purchase the rights.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RDHBFOHTSDXZX7APZY26YILWMY Brian H

      If you have a gold membership to Xbox Live you can also watch it on their ESPN app.

  • Catfan88

    can the UNH Wildcats pull it off this year? Top line in the country.

    • Wildcatalum

      No.

    • Azuwsh

      Didn’t show it Friday. Outclassed by the Warriors all night. UNH seems to start the season strong, then die toward the end. Opposite of BC. Coaching?

    • 18secondsbeforesunrise

      Top line in the country…..NOT lately.

    • Milerun

      I didn’t realize Connolly, Connolly and Fontaine played for UNH!

      • Lordoftherink9

        I didn’t realize that Meile (Hobey Favorite), Camper, and Smith played for UNH or UMD. Look at the stats 1st, 3rd, and 6th in the Nation in Scoring.

        • Anonymous

          Did you watch the Hobey Finalist reel? some of Miami’s goals looked like they were playing Orange Cones…. I know the CCHA has some great teams but from the looks of those goals I was very disappointed… I see Frattin, Miele, and Polacek in the Hobey Hat Trick

    • bju3

      im a UNH grad and an avid Hockey East follower. UNH ALWAYS chokes, ALWAYS, maybe they should be snubbed from the tournament and learn to get some more mental toughness into the program, then maybe they can win a national championship

    • Nyqi

      Top line in the country? Not even close. And no they just barely got in and they will probably lose their first game. Miami should dominate them.

    • UNHSucks

      We’ve got two, how about you!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RDHBFOHTSDXZX7APZY26YILWMY Brian H

      Not a chance. Even if they get through Miami (highly unlikely) Merrimack will kill them. again.

  • John

    It’s amazing how 4 of the 5 WCHA team are in the same bracket. Guarenteeing that there won’t be an all WCHA Frozen Four. What a pile of crap!

    • David

      Ok dude, the brackets were sorted by ranking, not by who they are or what conference they are in. Example, the #1 team plays the #16 team, #2 plays #15 and so on. Now, I don’t agree with the pairwise ranking system, but that’s what was used to come up with the matchups.

    • weimer

      Even though I’m a die-hard North Dakota and WCHA fan, at least I know the brackets were assembled primarily based on season performance and the pairwise. Absolutely no reason for continuous whining about bias for/against any given conference this time around – it gets tiresome. It happened to others as well (re: Yale/Union both in the East, Miami/Notre Dame both in the Northeast, and Merrimack/New Hampshire also in the Northeast). That said, I personally think that this is the strongest field of 16 teams we’ve seen in years.

      • Nyqi

        Well said. The brackets were done the way they are supposed to be done. No intra-conference matchups in the first round and for the most part 1v16, 2v15, etc. Sucks that it worked out that UND will play Denver as I would prefer to see them play against another team if for no other reason than we have played Denver 3 times now but this is a strong bracket with a lot of good teams. There are at least 5 or 6 teams that I think can win the whole thing. Really glad that UND appears to have a top flight goalie as I think the past few years we have lost to some teams that had a hotter goalie but right now I’m not sure that anyone is hotter than Dell.

    • wincav

      There was a time when the four best teams in college hockey were from the WCHA. They all met in the Frozen Four. The NCAA now guarantees that The teams that play in the Frozen Four are NOT always college hockey’s best teams. Pretty sad!

  • Thericefamily

    The selection committee only got two things right – Yale vs. Air Force in Bridgeport and North Dakota vs. RPI in Green Bay, and other than that, they blew it.

    So much emphasis is being placed on the “integrity of the brackets” that it has gotten to the point of being absurd (is there really that much difference between a #5 seed and a #12?), and the rule where a team hosting a regional has to be placed in that regional had the selection committee go through all sort of unnecessary gyrations to accommodate New Hampshire having to be in Manchester and really botched things up this year.

    Firstly, bottom line, Yale belongs in Bridgeport, they earned it. North Dakota belongs in Green Bay. They earned it. BC belongs in Manchester. They earned it. And Miami belongs in St. Louis. They earned. Period. End of discussion. BC and Miami should not have been moved to accommodate New Hampshire.

    Second, Union won the ECAC regular season title. Why should they be placed in the same bracket as Yale? The two top teams in the ECAC should not be in the same bracket. Union should be in Manchester. Likewise, Merrimack should be in Bridgeport. The top two teams in the ECAC and the top two teams in Hockey East deserve to stay out east, and in both cases the top two teams from the same conference should not be in the same bracket. If New Hampshire has to be in Manchester, fine, let them be there with Union and BC.

    Likewise, North Dakota and Denver should not be in the same bracket. Miami and Denver should be in St. Louis, and North Dakota and Michigan should be in Green Bay.

    The NCAA wonders why they have regionals and there are thousands of empty seats. This is why.

    It also seems obsessed about not having a Frozen Four like Columbus with four teams from the same conference. Who cares? The Frozen Four is sold out. Let the teams decide who should be there.

    • HelmetHead

      Well said!

    • Bulldogs hockey1

      This year belongs to Yale hands down there the most dominate team in college hockey this year with there 4.6 gpg. no one stands a chance!

      • Nyqi

        I hope they make it to the finals and UND or BC gets there, we’ll see how dominate they are. They play one the weakest schedules in all of the college hockey. They lost to Colgate a few weeks ago. Really dominate teams don’t lose to teams with a .250 winning %. Yale is going to find out what real hockey is all about if they get far enough in the tourney. They will get absolutely abused by UND or BC.

        • Gopher_fan

          Last year Yale ended No Daks ncaa run. If they meet I expect No Dak to win this time.

      • Anonymous

        They will have their hands full with either Union or Duluth… then on to face more than likely Merrimack in the Frozen Four…. then they face BC, UND, UNO, or Denver in the championship…. good luck with taking it all. Scoring is one thing.. but Yale doesn’t seem to have a solid defense and don’t seem very physical.

        • Final_Word

          Big problem for Yale/CC game,and all WCHA teams, will be the referees. This will also go for some CCHA teams. Eastern conferences do not allow the banging the west does so refs, rightly so, are not used to it and will call things very tightly. Just an unbiased observer with no ties to a specific team.

          • B.D.

            Concur.
            The cultural gulf between eastern and western hockey is fairly wide regarding physicality.
            The east virtually prohibits any meaningful physical contact.
            The west encourages it.

            Depending on how the games are officiated will benefit one or the other.

      • DUFAN24

        I would not be surprised if Yale falls to Air Force. They allways play well in the NCAA tournament (allmost beat Michigan and Minnesota) and the last time they were in the tournament they fell in overtime to Vermont in the regional final. NEVER overlook the first game!

        • Tom

          they did beat michigan in ’09… plus they beat Yale once this year when Yale was ranked 3rd… hopefully Yale gets their gamefaces on

    • Maxout351

      I agree that the regional team placement could have been better. As far as an all One-Conference Frozen Four it has happened before. The 2005 Frozen Four, held in Columbus, OH, was an all WCHA tournament (Denver, UND, Minnesota and CC). While the Value City Arena was not full to capacity each night I don’t think you can say 15,000-plus fans at each game was a disappointing turnout.

      • DU_Fan

        Totally agree. The reason the selection committee has continued to totally get it wrong is they publicly came out and vowed 2005 would never happen again. Even though there were 3 terrific hockey games at the Value Center, that had nothing to do with the politics of selection. By the way, this would have been the case if there were 4 teams from HE or the CCHA.

  • RamboWildcat

    Watered down tourney….seeing Nebraska-Omaha and Western Michigan make me want to puke.

    • guest

      have you ever seen nebraska-omaha play? they smoked the sioux 8 to 4 at the ralph…they finished 3rd in the WCHA. I wouldnt be surprised to see them in St. Paul.

      • guest

        I was at this game. Keep in mind if it wasn’t for the numerous 5 on 3 goals that they scored in the 2nd period, it would have been a much different game. However, to their credit, they scored on the power play. They also beat up the Gophers at Mariucci arena which is no small feat. The team has a fantastic coach and is for real if the Faulkner(goaltender) holds his ground.

        • Theet

          The gophers sucked at home this year, so not quite as impresive as some years but yes Omaha is a solid club and deserve be their.

        • Guest

          No dog in that fight because I follow neither team and didn’t see the game. But “if it weren’t for the goals they scored the game would have been closer” seems like a strange retort.

      • Cooljoe68er

        Yeah I don’t know what the RamboWildcat was thinkin as an X-Wis Badg player I done seen that Omaha team play them this yr down in Omaha,Neb. They are the real deal and I surely wouldn’t be surprised if they won it all!

      • maineiac

        They also got swept by Quinnipiac!

    • Madog

      I suppose you’d rather have Michigan State…..now just puke and get over it.

    • Kuhn&Friends

      You do know Western Michigan was 2nd in the CCHA, beat U of M, Miami, Notre Dame and Swept Union. You’re right, we don’t belong.

      • Jake

        2nd in the CCHA TOURNAMENT. 4th in the CCHA behind U of M, Notre Dame, and Miami. I’m all for repping your team but lets not be deceptive…

  • Sheps20

    Nebraska Omaha is the real deal, biggest team in college hockey, very physical, Rambowildcat doesn’t have a clue–and I’m certainly not a Nebraska Omaha fan, my team is CC, and the two best teams I’ve seen play this year are North Dakota and Yale.

    • Nyqi

      I don’t agree with the Yale comment. I think that in one of the two games I saw them play against AF, they looked terrible to be honest. Now every team has a bad night now and again but then towards the end of the season they lose to Colgate (.250 winning %). That isn’t a team that I can consider a top flight team. I think the two best teams that I have seen play are UND and BC. BC is as always quick and great with the puck. To beat BC you will have to play a very physical game and a clean game and stay out of the penalty box.

      UNO will be very well coached and they are a strong team. just not sure they have the goaltending this year to be a team that can win it all. It seems that in many years one hot goalie can change the entire outlook of the tournament.

  • Mjwild00

    Neb-Omaha finished 3rd in their first year playing in the toughest conference in the nation, pretty sure they deserve to be there. WMU’s turnaround is nothing short of incredible. Get a clue.

  • Dick

    The Sioux have two classic traits . . . winning hockey championships and choking!

    • Nyqi

      Not sure how those two things can be from the same team. We have won 7 titles and we have probably not one a few in the past decade that we could have won but that’s why we play the games right.

    • J_nd

      At least we have a chance to win titles(7, second to michigan)… Sorry your team doesnt get that chance each year… Think before you speak-DICK

  • wincav

    It still amazes me that men’s college hockey T.V. coverage, on a regional or national level, is non-existent not only during the regular season but most of the playoffs as well. I can find countless girls basketball games (that have very little attendance, just look into the stands) broadcast on ESPN all the time but when it comes to men’s college hockey you pretty much have to have your own camera crew. To broadcast the North Dakota game on ESPNU on a 1 day tape delay is outrageous! If I see one more Dart tourneyment, etc. on ESPN I’m gonna scream. I realize that attendance isn’t the greatest at some of the hockey regionals but that hasn’t stopped ESPN from covering these other “no interest” sports.

    • JLK

      Those basketball games you see on ESPN are WOMEN’S, not girls’!

  • Guest

    i’m just surprised the gophers didn’t sneak in and take a #1 seed

  • Honoluluhoalie

    Anyone know yet who picked up the MI/UNO and ND/RPI syndicate yet

    • Wurdood

      um-uno picked-up in michigan by comcast. to be shown on comcast 900.

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