Bulldogs Look For NCAA Bid

ELIS WAIT FOR SUNDAY SELECTION SHOW

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale men’s hockey team’s quest for a national championship – and a continuation of its 2009-10 season -- comes down to an invitation from the NCAA Selection Committee. The 16-team field will be announced Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2 during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.

The Bulldogs, 20-9-3, won the ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship for a second straight season but fell in a best-of-three quarterfinal series last weekend against Brown.  Unlike the conference tournament winner, the regular season championship does not bring an automatic ticket to the NCAA field.

Six conference tournament winners will advance with 10 other spots up for grabs. The Elis are ranked No. 10 in the latest PairWise Rankings and are ninth in both major national polls. Barring a string of conference tournament upsets this weekend, Yale is in good position to get a bid to one of the four regional sites where games begin either next Friday or Saturday.

ESPN2’s selection show will be hosted by John Buccigross with analysts Barry Melrose  and former University of Michigan hockey standout Sean Ritchlin.

Yale, which has been practicing all week, has never been in a position to watch the selection show with a bid on the line. In 1997-98, the NCAA gave an automatic qualification to the ECAC regular season champ, so the Blue was sent to the West Regional at Ann Arbor, Mich. Last March, Yale captured both regular season and tournament titles to grab a spot in the East Regional, which it co-hosted with Fairfield at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

The four regional winners head to Detroit and Ford Field for the 2010 Frozen Four, April 8 and 10.

 

NCAA REGIONAL INFORMATION

 

East Regional

Time Union Center

Albany, New York

March 26 – 3 and 6:30 p.m. ET

March 27 – 6:30 p.m. ET

RPI and ECAC Hockey, hosts

 

West Regional

Xcel Energy Center

Saint Paul, Minnesota

March 26 – 5:30 and 9 p.m. ET

March 27 – 9 p.m. ET

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, host

 

Northeast Regional

DCU Center

Worcester, Massachusetts

March 27 – 1:30 and 5 p.m. ET

March 28 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Holy Cross, host

 

Midwest Regional

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Fort Wayne, Indiana

March 27 – 4 and 7:30 p.m. ET

March 28 – 8 p.m. ET

Notre Dame, host

 

report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

image of Jimmy Martin by Jack Warhola