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2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Northeast Regional Team Capsules

Matt Dewkett

If Providence College is to defend its NCAA Championship in Tampa, it will have to survive a brutal Northeast Regional at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.

The Friars, the No. 4 overall seed, face Minnesota Duluth in the first semifinal Friday afternoon (4:30 p.m. ET) at the Northeast Regional. The winner of that game will face the winner of Boston College and Harvard on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.

It is the second consecutive season that Minnesota Duluth has been shipped east. The Bulldogs defeated rival Minnesota to reach the championship game of the Northeast Regional in Manchester, NH last year before losing to Boston University.

Providence comes into the NCAA Tournament after suffering a painful triple overtime loss against UMass Lowell in the Hockey East Semifinals. The Friars are the deeper and more experienced team as they look to reach a second straight Frozen Four.

The Eagles have been a hit or miss team this season. On some nights BC looks like world beaters, and on others, it's a team that looks inept and lost. Buoyed by 12 NHL Draft picks, there is little doubt the Eagles are the most talented team on paper.

The Crimson, led by senior Jimmy Vesey, have an offense that can keep up with anyone, but the defense has been tough to gauge. The first line of Vesey, Kyle Criscuolo and Alexander Kerfoo is fun to watch.

Providence vs. Minnesota Duluth
4:30 p.m. ET

Providence Minnesota Duluth
Mascot Friars Bulldogs
Hockey East
Seed No. 1 No. 4
Overall Record 27-5-4 18-15-5
HE Record 16-3-3 11-10-3
Last 10 Games 9-1-0 7-3-0
Head Coach Nate Leaman (SUNY-Cortland '93)
Scott Sandelin (North Dakota '86)
Record at School 106-64-23 (5th) 284-276-75 (16th)
Tom Parisi, Kevin Rooney
Andy Welinski
Goals Per Game 3.32 (T-10th) 2.71 (26th)
Goals Against 1.86 (4th) 2.05 (8th)
Power Play Pct. 20.5 (16th) 15.0 (44th)
Penalty Kill Pct. 84.5 (16th) 86.7 (2nd)
Penalty Minutes 11.70 (18th) 10.66 (29th)
Leading Scorer (Pts.) Mark Jankowski (40) Tony Cameranesi (36)
Goals Leader Jankowski/Brandon Tanev (15) Dominic Toninato (15)
Assists Leader Mark Jankowski (25) Tony Cameranesi (26)
+/- Leader Mark Jankowski (+25)
Austin Farley (+23)
GWG Leader
Brandon Tanev (5)
Austin Farley (5)
PPG Leader
Jake Walman (8)
Austin Farley (8)
SHG Leader
Trevor Mingoia (2)
3 tied (1)
Starting Goaltender Nick Ellis (.935)
Kasimir Kaskisuo (.922)
NHL Draft Picks
NCAA Championships

Boston College vs. Harvard
8 p.m.

Boston College Harvard
Mascot Eagles Crimson
Hockey East
ECAC Hockey
Seed No. 2 No. 3
Overall Record 26-7-5 19-10-4
Conference Record 15-2-5 12-6-4
Last 10 Games 6-3-1 6-2-2
Head Coach
Jerry York (BC '67)
Ted Donato (Harvard '91)
Record at School 543-263-76 (22nd) 176-179-46
Teddy Doherty
Jimmy Vesey, Kyle Criscuolo
Goals Per Game 3.86 (5th) 3.48 (9th)
Goals Against 2.00 (7th) 2.33 (16th)
Power Play Pct. 21.0 (12th)
27.9 (4th)
Penalty Kill Pct. 88.0 (4th) 83.5 (23rd)
Penalty Minutes 14.84 (3rd) 8.39 (49th)
Leading Scorer (Pts.) Ryan Fitzgerald (44) Jimmy Vesey (46)
Goals Leader Ryan Fitzgerald (22)
Jimmy Vesey (24)
Assists Leader Zach Sanford (25)
Alexander Kerfoot (30)
+/- Leader Ian McCoshen (+29)
Desmond Bergin (+15)
GWG Leader
Fitzgerald/Gilmour (4)
Kyle Criscuolo (7)
PPG Leader
Doherty/Sanford (6)
Kyle Criscuolo (8)
SHG Leader
Ryan Fitzgerald (3)
Jimmy Vesey (1)
Starting Goaltender Thatcher Demko (.935)
Merrick Madsen (.933)
NHL Draft Picks
NCAA Championships
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