At a glance: Providence, Cornell, Ohio State and Boston College in the Florida College Hockey Classic

Boston College plays Ohio State in the Florida College Hockey Classic opener (photo: Melissa Wade).

Here’s some info on the 16th Florida College Hockey Classic:

The details

Where: Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.

Monday’s schedule: No. 1 Providence (12-0-3) vs. No. 9 Cornell (8-1-2), 4 p.m. EST; Ohio State (3-11) vs. No. 4 Boston College (13-2-1), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s schedule: Third-place game, 4 p.m. EST; championship game, 7:30 p.m.

Notes to know

Providence is the nation’s only unbeaten team heading into the second half and has done so with a solid balance of goal scoring and defense. It would be unthinkable to go the entire season without a loss and, for that matter, it could be tough to come out of Florida still unbeaten.

Cornell was one of ECAC Hockey’s first-half surprises thanks to a balanced offense and stingy defense led by goalie Mitch Gillam.

Ohio State got off to another slow start this season, losing its first seven contests before winning three in a row and wrapping up the first half with four more defeats. Ohio State is 0-8 this season against ranked teams.

A solid first half left Boston College in the position where a championship in Florida would leave coach Jerry York just a single win away from reaching the 1,000-win milestone.

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Contributing: Drew Claussen, Jim Connelly, Nate Owen

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