COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s hockey team is one of 10 at-large selections to the 2009 NCAA Ice Hockey Championship, the NCAA announced Sunday live on ESPN2. The Buckeyes head to the Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., where they will take on No. 1 seed Boston University in the first round at 5:30 p.m. Saturday live on ESPN2.
In the other Northeast Regional matchup, North Dakota and host New Hampshire will meet in the early game at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the first-round winners facing off in the regional final at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU for a spot in the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four in Washington, D.C.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Verizon Wireless Arena box office, by calling 603-868-7300 or online at www.unhwildcats.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com/. Tickets for the three-game package are $82 each.
This marks Ohio State’s sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament, all under head coach John Markell, and the first appearance since 2005. Ohio State has one Frozen Four appearance under its belt (1998). This will be the Buckeyes’ first time playing in the Northeast regional.
Ohio State (23-14-4) is one of four teams from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association to make the field, with one league team at each regional site. This is the fourth-consecutive year the CCHA has four teams vying for a national title.
Boston University enters the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, going 31-6-4 on the year. The Terriers are coming off a 1-0 win over UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East tournament championship game Saturday. Ohio State is 0-2 all-time vs. BU, with the last meeting coming Dec. 27, 1998, a 2-1 Terrier win in the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.