COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team spent Friday preparing in Manchester, N.H., for its first NCAA apperance since 2005. The Buckeyes held practice to get a feel for the ice and shake-out their legs from the travel, in addition to answering questions for ESPN and local media at the NCAA press conference.
Ohio State earned an at-large berth in the 2009 NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship and will play No. 1-seed Boston University in the Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena Saturday.
The Buckeyes (23-14-4, 13-11-4-3 CCHA), a No. 4 seed, will take on BU (31-6-4, 18-5-4 Hockey East) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. No. 2 seed North Dakota (24-14-4, 17-7-4 WCHA) and No. 3 and host New Hampshire (19-12-5, 15-8-4 Hockey East) will meet in the early game at 2 p.m. Saturday. The first-round winners will meet in the second round at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with a trip to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four in Washington, D.C., on the line.
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ESPN2 will televise the Northeast Regional first-round games and ESPNU will broadcast the regional final, with Barry Melrose and John Buccigross calling all three games. All 16 NCAA tournament regional games will be televised live by the ESPN family of networks (ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Classic). The games also will be available online at ESPN360.com.
WOSU Radio (820 AM Columbus/wosu.org) will continue to carry all of the Buckeyes’ postseason action, with Herb Howenstine and former Buckeye John Mowat on the call.
Live stats can be accessed from the men’s hockey schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.