NCAA East Regional: Vermont vs. Union Preview (Line Charts)

Shayne Gostisbehere, left, in action against RPI on Friday night at Messa Rink. The Dutchmen won 4-3 over their archrivals from Troy. - Union Athletics

Union is making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. -- Vermont and Union kick off the 2014 NCAA Hockey Tournament in the East Regional semifinal at the Webster Bank Arena at 2 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The Dutchmen, the No. 1 seed in the region and No. 3 overall in the tournament, are the champions of the ECAC Hockey regular season and tournament. Vermont, the seventh place team in Hockey East, earned an at-large bid.

Vermont defeated Union, 2-1, in the Catamount Cup during the 2012-13 season in the last meeting between the former ECAC Hockey foes. Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon was the bench boss at Union before taking over in Burlington and guiding the Catamounts into Hockey East.

Line Charts

No. 1 Union (28-6-4)

Daniel Carr (9) - Mike Vecchione (21) - Daniel Ciampini (17)

Matt Wilkins (19) - Eli Lichtenwald (12) - Nick Cruice (8)

Matt Hatch (15) - Max Novak (18) - Kevin Sullivan (16)

Cole Ikkala (23) - Sam Coatta (11) - Michael Pontarelli (7)

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Matt Bodie (22) - Sebastian Gingras (24)

Shayne Gostisbehere (14) - Jeff Taylor (2)

Noah Henry (28) - Charlie Vasaturo (6)

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Colin Stevens (30) - Alex Sakellaropoulos (1) - Dillon Pieri (31)

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No. 4 Vermont (20-14-3)

Brendan Bradley (20) - Chris McCarthy (3) - Mario Puskarich (21)

Brady Shaw (22) - Jake Fallon (17) - Colin Markison (6)

Connor Brickley (23) - Matt White (19) - Anthony DeCenzo (14)

H.T. Lenz (11) - Jonathan Turk (8) - Pete Massar (16)

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Rob Hamilton (5) - Mike Paliotta (2)

Nick Luukko (25) - Nick Bruneteau (4)

Caylen Walls (26) - Yvan Pattyn (15)

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Brody Hoffman (37) - Mike Santaguida (1) - Pat Feeley (30)

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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