ESPNU and ESPN360 will have coverage of the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament starting on Friday. Plenty of games for college hockey fans and it will lead to the Frozen Four in April. It all begins with the regional semifinals and we check out the schedule for this weekend.
|Fri, Mar 26||3 p.m.||East Regional Semifinal #1 (Albany): Denver vs. Rochester Institute of Technology||ESPNU HD|
|5:30 p.m.||West Regional Semifinal #1 (Saint Paul): St. Cloud State vs. Northern Michigan||ESPN360.com – Live / ESPNU HD – Tape delay, 11:30 p.m.|
|6:30 p.m.||East Regional Semifinal #2: No. 2 Cornell vs. No. 3 New Hampshire||ESPNU HD|
|9 p.m.||West Regional Semifinal #2: Vermont vs. Wisconsin||ESPNU HD|
|Sat, Mar 27||1:30 p.m.||Northeast Regional Semifinal #1 (Worcester): Alaska vs. Boston College||ESPN360.com – Live / ESPNU – Tape delay, Sun., 9:30 a.m.|
|4 p.m.||Midwest Regional Semifinal #1 (Fort Wayne): Miami vs. Ala.-Huntsville||ESPNU HD|
|5 p.m.||Northeast Regional Semifinal #2: North Dakota vs. Yale||ESPN360.com – Live / ESPNU – Tape delay, Sun., noon|
|6:30 p.m.||East Final||ESPNU HD|
|7:30 p.m.||Midwest Regional Semifinal #2: Michigan at Bemidji State||ESPN360.com – Live / ESPNU – Tape delay, 11:30 p.m.|
|9 p.m.||West Final||ESPNU HD|
|Sun, Mar 28||5:30 p.m.||Northeast Final||ESPNU|
|8 p.m.||Midwest Final||ESPNU|
I have more on ESPN’s coverage coming up after the jump.
Commentators include play-by-play announcer John Buccigross and analyst Barry Melrose (NHL) at the East Regional in Albany, N.Y.; Matvick and Jim Paradise (Colorado College) at the West Regional in Saint Paul, Minn.; Dan Parkhurst and Damian DiGiulian (Hamilton College) at the Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass.; and Ben Holden and Ritchlin (Michigan) at the Midwest Regional in Fort Wayne, Ind., while the ESPNU studio will be anchored by Lowell Galindo and Bob Norton (Rutgers).
And this is what ESPN is talking about regarding its coverage in general.
NCAA Div. I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, Frozen Four to Receive Extensive Live Coverage on ESPNU, ESPN2, ESPN and ESPN360.comESPNU, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN360.com will combine to present all 15 games live from the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, Friday, March 26-Saturday, April 10. ESPNU will telecast eight regional games exclusively, while ESPN360.com, ESPN’s broadband sports network, will supplement the coverage by offering seven games live, including the Frozen Four. Select regional games on ESPN360.com may also be available via local syndication.The Frozen Four, live from Ford Field in Detroit, will be presented in high definition on ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD, as well as ESPN360.com.ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ESPN360.com will showcase the Frozen Four live from Detroit, with the first national semifinal Thursday, April 8, at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 HD and ESPN360.com and the second national semifinal at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 HD, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile. The national championship will air Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m. on ESPN HD, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile.Frozen Four telecasts will feature Gary Thorne (play-by-play), Barry Melrose (analyst), Clay Matvick (ice-level reporter) calling all the action from Detroit. At regional semifinals and finals, commentators include play-by-play announcer John Buccigross and analyst Barry Melrose (NHL) at the East Regional in Albany, N.Y.; Matvick and Jim Paradise (Colorado College) at the West Regional in Saint Paul, Minn.; Dan Parkhurst and Damian DiGiulian (Hamilton College) at the Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass.; and Ben Holden and Ritchlin (Michigan) at the Midwest Regional in Fort Wayne, Ind. Also during coverage of the regional rounds, the ESPNU studio will be anchored by Lowell Galindo and Bob Norton (Rutgers).Frozen Four, Ford Field, Detroit
Date Time (ET) Event Network Thu, Apr 8 5 p.m. National Semifinal #1 ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com 8:30 p.m. National Semifinal #2 ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com / ESPN Mobile Fri, Apr 9 7 p.m. Hobey Baker Award ESPNU HD Sat, Apr 10 7 p.m. National Championship ESPN HD / ESPN360.com / ESPN Mobile
And that does it for us tonight.