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Pregame notes and line combinations from Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island before Boston College and Denver meet in the first NCAA East Region Semifinal on Saturday at 3 p.m. The teams split a series earlier this season and also met to open last year’s regional in Worcester, Mass.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Welcome inside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island where the 2015 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Championship returns for the first time in two years. Today’s opening East Region Semifinal pits Boston College and Denver at 3 p.m.
This afternoon’s game will be televised on ESPN2 (as well as TSN2 in Canada) with John Buccigross and Barry Melrose on the call.
BC had last weekend off after falling in a three-game Hockey East quarterfinal series for this second time in as many years, this time to Vermont. Despite the 1-0 loss to the Catamounts on March 15, a No. 11 PairWise position made the Eagles a near at-large lock to the NCAA field for the sixth straight year.
Denver fell to Miami in a NCHC semifinal but ran away to a 5-1 win over North Dakota to capture third place and the slight seeding advantage the following night.
The Pioneers were eliminated from NCAA Tournament contention in the Northeast Regional (in Manchester, N.H. and Worcester, Mass.) in each of the last two seasons and will look to avoid the early exit to Boston College for a second straight year. Last year, the Johnny Gaudreau-Bill Arnold-Kevin Hayes line combined for 13 points and all six BC goals in a 6-2 win.
The teams also met earlier in this season, splitting a pair of 2-1 games in Denver on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2014. Sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald, whose 16 goals lead the Eagles, scored twice in the opener to propel the offense.
NCHC Rookie of the Year and fellow Bruins prospect Danton Heinen did the same to lift the Pioneers on the second night of the early-season series and went on to score a team-best 45 points in 38 games, good enough for third in the nation among rookies.
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