ESPN Networks To Cover Entire 2015 Frozen Four Tournament

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Courtesy: ESPN

Every year around this time, the annual “March Madness” tournament takes center stage in the sports world. Whether fans bleed blue, red, yellow, black, or any other color it seems that everybody is a basketball fan. This includes even people who would normally otherwise not watch basketball, college or otherwise. What fewer people realize is that another college sport kicks off its championship tournament this weekend. This weekend, the road to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four Kicks off.

The puck hits the ice for the road to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four this weekend. And fans will be able to catch every game across the ESPN family of networks. It all begins with regional play this Friday, March 27th. Coverage of the regional round runs through this Sunday, March 29th. Yale and #3 Boston University will open the Northeast Regional in Manchester New Hampshire Friday, March 27th. That game will be broadcast live at 2pm ET on ESPNU. Fans won’t have to change the channel after that game ends as Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth follow at 5:30 pm ET. The winners of those two games will meet in the Northeast Regional Final Saturday, March 28th at 5:30pm ET on ESPN2. Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe will have the call for both games.

The Western Regional Semi-final round opens Friday at 4:30pm ET on ESPN3. It features a matchup of Saint Cloud State and Michigan Tech. Over on ESPNU, Quinnipiac will take on North Dakota in the day’s other Western Regional semi-final matchup. The puck is expected to drop for that game at 8pm ET. The winners of that pair of games will face off in the Western Regional Final on March 28th at 9pm ET on ESPNU. Calling the games in the West will be Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin.

Over in the Midwest Rochester Institute of Technology will face #1 seed Minnesota State Mankato at 4pm on ESPNU on March 28th. That game will be followed up by a 7:30p matchup of Harvard and Omaha on ESPN3. The winners in those rounds will face off in the Midwest Regional Final on Mach 29th at 7:30pm. Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion will have the call for both Midwest Regional games.

The East Regional semi-final opens with Boston College taking on Denver March 28th at 3pm ET on ESPN2. Providence and #4 seed Miami (Ohio) will take to the ice in the second East Regional Semi-Final at 6:30pm ET on ESPNU. The winners of this regional will face off in the East Regional Final on March 29th at 5pm ET on ESPNU. ESPN’s lead hockey play-by-play commentator John Buccigross will be joined by lead hockey analyst Barry Melrose for coverage of the East Regional. And for the third year in a row, the pair will have the call for the Frozen Four. They will be joined by reporter Quint Kessinich for all of the latest news from the games.

The Frozen Four itself will take place at the TD Garden in Boston, MA with two of the semi-final matchups on April 9th on ESPN2. The first of the games will be at 5pm ET and the other at 8:30pm ET. The championship title game will be held Saturday, April 11th on ESPN at 7:30pm ET. Those with access to ESPN3 will be able to watch the game in ESPN3 Surround for both of the Frozen Four semis and for the championship game. ESPN3 Surround features alternate camera angles from those offered on ESPN’s other networks and natural sound. Every game in the 2015 Division I Men’s Hockey Championship is available online via WatchESPN as well as on television. Fans can check out the entire NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey tournament bracket online at http://www.ncaa.com/championships/icehockey-men/d1/. The full broadcast schedule for the 2015 Frozen Four Tournament is listed below:

2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Programming Schedule

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship — Regional Coverage

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators  Location Network
Fri, March 27 2 p.m. Northeast Regional – Semifinal

Yale vs. No. 3 Boston University

 

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. West Regional – Semifinal
St. Cloud State vs. Michigan Tech

 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D.  ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Northeast Regional – Semifinal
Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth

 

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPNU
  8 p.m. West Regional – Semifinal
Quinnipiac vs. No. 2 North Dakota

 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D. ESPNU
Sat, March 28 3 p.m. East Regional  –  Semifinal
Boston College vs. Denver

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center,  Providence, R.I. ESPN2
  4 p.m. Midwest Regional –  Semifinal
Rochester Institute of Technology
vs. No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato

 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Ind. ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. Northeast Regional – Final

 

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPN2
  6:30 p.m. East Regional – Semifinal
Providence vs. No. 4 Miami (Ohio)

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Midwest Regional – Semifinal
Harvard vs. Omaha

 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Ind. ESPN3
  9 p.m. West Regional – Final

 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D. ESPNU
Sun, March 29 5 p.m. East Regional  –  Final

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Midwest Regional – Final

 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena,  South Bend, Ind. ESPNU

 

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four Coverage

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Location Network
Thurs, April 9 5 p.m. Frozen Four  – Semifinal No. 1

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN2 and ESPN3
Thurs, April 9 8:30 p.m. Frozen Four  – Semifinal No. 2

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN2 and ESPN3
Sat, April 11 7:30 p.m. Frozen Four  – Championship Game

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN and ESPN3

 

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Frozen Four Coverage Skates Back To ESPN This Weekend

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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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