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#2 Miami vs. #3 Boston College

Boston College is an extremely talented team, but also a very young team, that seemed to hit a wall late in the season. Boston College only won 4 of their last 11 games, which caused them to fall out of first place in Hockey East and lose the regular season title to Boston University. But with so many good players, Boston College is always going to be dangerous.

The Eagles are led by the best forward in the East in senior Chris Collins. The very tall Brian Boyle has also emerged as a scorer and is showing why he is a first round draft pick on the LA Kings. Boyle will likely sign with the Kings once the season is over. The Eagles also have the incredibly short sparkplug Nate Gerbe that is a constant pest to opponents.

Their defense is extremely talented as well, led by sophomore Mike Brennan and freshmen Brett Motherwell. Cory Schnieder is considered to be one of the best goalies in the United States for his age group.

After a one year absence from the tournament, Miami is back and looks ready to make a nice NCAA tournament run. They ran away with the CCHA regular season title and finished second in the CCHA tournament. The team's star is senior defenseman Andy Greene, who does just about everything for the RedHawks. The team also has an up and coming star in forward Nathan Davis.

One of the biggest reasons for Miami's success though has been the goaltending duo of Charlie Effinger and Jeff Zatkoff. Coach Enrico Blasi has split time between the two all year, and each could see a start this weekend. They could keep the RedHawks in the game if they get off to a slow start.

I really like Miami to win this game. Boston College has struggled down the stretch and struggled against quality opponents. Miami has played consistent, solid hockey all season and I expect this to be the first of many NCAA tournament runs for them.