Manchester, NH -- The 2015 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament gets underway Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Northeast Regional inside the Verizon Wireless Arena with Yale looking to pull the upset over Boston University.
The game will be broadcast by ESPNU throughout the United States while TSN2 will pick up the game north of the border in Canada. Dan Parkhurst has play-by-play with former Michigan Wolverine Billy Jaffe providing the color analysis.
Jack Eichel and the loaded Terriers are Beanpot, Hockey East Regular Season and Hockey East Tournament champions. The No. 3 overall seed in the tournament is looking to advance out of Manchester and play quasi home games at the TD Garden in Boston in the Frozen Four.
Yale snuck into the tournament last Saturday night thanks to some favorable results. Keith Allain's squad had to sit and scoreboard watch after being eliminated in three games in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, at the hands of rival Harvard. The Bulldogs certainly have their work cut out for them, but don't count them out. Yale was the last team in the tournament, sneaking in similarly in 2013 before going on a run to win the national championship in Pittsburgh.
On paper the game is a big time mismatch. As New Haven Register beat writer Chip Malafronte posted on Twitter, Eichel, Danny O'Regan, Evan Rodrigues and Ahti Oksanen have combined for 86 goals this season, two more than the entire Yale team has.
Yale's defense, the best in the country statistically, will have its work cut out stopping BU's high flying attack. Yale coach Keith Allain will have his team ready to try to force the Terriers to the outside, clog the middle and slow down the pace of the game. Bruins prospect Rob O'Gara is a monster on the blue line. He logs a ton of minutes and chips in offensively.
Boston University (25-7-5)
Evan Rodrigues - Jack Eichel - Danny O'Regan
A.J. Greer - Cason Hohmann - Ahti Oksanen
Nikolas Olsson - Matt Lane - Robbie Baillargeon
Chase Phelps - Mike Moran - Nick Roberto
Matt Grzelcyk - John MacLeod
Brandon Hickey - Brandon Fortunato
Doyle Somerby - Brien Diffley
Matt O'Connor - Connor LaCouvee - Anthony Moccia
Frankie DiChiara - Carson Cooper - Cody Learned
Ryan Hitchcock - Chris Izmirlian - Mike Doherty
Anthony Day - Matt Killian - John Balocco
Trent Ruffolo - Stu Wilson - John Hayden
Mitch Witek - Rob O'Gara
Ryan Obuchowski - Nate Repensky
Tommy Fallen - Adam Larkin
Alex Lyon - Patrick Spano - Connor Wilson
Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.