Frozen Four Coverage Skates Back To ESPN This Weekend

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

The NCAA Men’s Division I College Basketball Championship is all over the airwaves during this time of year.  But it’s not the only college championship tournament going on.  Beginning this Friday, March 29th, the ESPN family of networks will air the annual NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional and Semi-Regional rounds live from four regional sites.  The networks—ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU—will also broadcast the Frozen Four and championship matches from Pittsburgh, PA.  The matches will also be carried on local syndication.  Those games carried on local syndication and on ESPN 3 will re-broadcast on ESPNU.

The brackets for the 2013 tournament were announced this past Sunday, March 24th on ESPNU.  Quinnipiac, Minnesota, UMass Lowell, and Notre Dame were each selected as number one seeds in their respective region.  ESPNU will air more than eight consecutive hours of non-stop college hockey during Regional matchups this weekend.  Friday and Sunday will each see a double header.  Viewers will get a triple header on Saturday.  Hockey analyst Dave Starman and Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos will be in studio to discuss and analyze the games. 

Coverage of this year’s NCAA Division I College Hockey Championship continues into April with coverage of the Frozen Four.  The Frozen Four matchups will air on ESPN2.  The championship will be aired on ESPN.  All coverage on television will also be available online and on mobile technology via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.  ESPN has been airing the NCAA Division I College Hockey Championship since 1980.  This year marks the ninth consecutive year that the ESPN family of networks will present all twelve games of the tournament.  The networks reached a deal last year that would keep the tournament on the ESPN family of networks through 2024.  A complete listing of this year’s tournament matchups is below.

2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Schedule:

Date Time Game Network
Fri, March 29 2 p.m. West Regional Semifinal Game 1: Yale vs. Minnesota (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Joe Davis & Sean Ritchlin
ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. Northeast Regional Semifinal Game 1: Wisconsin vs. UMass Lowell (Manchester, N.H.)
Clay Matvick & Jim Paradise
ESPN3/Syndicated*
  5:30 p.m. West Regional Semifinal Game 2: Niagara vs. North Dakota (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Joe Davis & Sean Ritchlin
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Northeast Regional Semifinal Game 2: Denver vs. New Hampshire (Manchester, N.H.)
Clay Matvick and Jim Paradise
ESPNU
  10:30 p.m. Northeast Regional Semifinal Game 1** ESPNU
Sat, March 30 1:30 p.m. Midwest Regional Semifinal Game 1: St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame (Toledo, Ohio)
Ben Holden & Darren Eliot
ESPN3/Syndicated*
  4 p.m. West Regional Final (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Joe Davis & Sean Ritchlin
ESPNU
  5 p.m. Midwest Regional Semifinal Game 2: Minnesota State Mankato vs. Miami (Ohio) (Toledo, Ohio)
Ben Holden & Darren Eliot
ESPN3/Syndicated*
  5:30 p.m. East Regional Semifinal Game 1: Canisius vs. Quinnipiac (Providence, R.I.)
John Buccigross & Barry Melrose
ESPN3/Syndicated*
  6:30 p.m. Northeast Regional Final (Manchester, N.H.)
Clay Matvick & Jim Paradise
ESPNU
  9 p.m. East Regional Semifinal Game 2: Union vs. Boston College (Providence, R.I.)
John Buccigross & Barry Melrose
ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. East Regional Semifinal Game 1** ESPNU
Sun, March 31 Noon Midwest Regional Semifinal Game 1** ESPNU
  2 p.m. Midwest Regional Semifinal Game 2** ESPNU
  4 p.m. Midwest Regional Final (Toledo, Ohio)
Ben Holden & Darren Eliot
ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. East Regional Final (Providence, R.I.)
John Buccigross & Barry Melrose
ESPNU
Thu, April 11 4:30 p.m. Frozen Four: Semifinal 1 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Clay Matvick
ESPN2
  8 p.m. Frozen Four: Semifinal 2 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Clay Matvick
ESPN2
Sat, April 13 7 p.m. NCAA’s Men’s Division I Hockey Championship (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Clay Matvick
ESPN

 

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