April 9, 2009

Courtesy of Boston University

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 1997, the top-seeded and top-ranked Boston University men's ice hockey team (33-6-4) will meet a familiar foe at the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C., as the Terriers will face third-seeded Vermont (22-11-5) on Thursday (April 9) at the Verizon Center. The game, which is slated for 8:30 p.m., will be broadcast live by ESPN2.

Miami and Bemidji State - a pair of No. 4 seeds - will face off in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. The winners will meet on Saturday (April 11) at 7 p.m. for the NCAA title live on ESPN. Remarkably, this is the first time that an NCAA title will be awarded in the nation's capital.

BU, which won the NCAA title in 1971, 1972, 1978 and 1995, is making its first "Frozen Four" appearance, as the 1999 tournament was the first to be given that tag. The Terriers have made 20 previous appearances in the semifinals, including two streaks of five straight (1974-78, 1993-97), and are 9-11 (.474) all-time in this round.

A win over UVM would place BU in the national title game for the 10th time in program history. The Terriers are 4-5 all-time with the NCAA championship on the line.

Vermont is the only team in the country that has a winning record against the Terriers this season. After BU posted a convincing 7-2 road win over the Catamounts on Nov. 1, Vermont visited Agganis Arena three weeks later and became the first team in 16 years to pull off a weekend sweep on BU's home ice, winning two games by identical 4-3 scores.

The Catamounts are responsible for one-third of BU's losses this season and also ended the Terriers' 2007-08 campaign in the Hockey East In the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 1997, the top-seeded and top-ranked Boston University men's ice hockey team (33-6-4) will meet a familiar foe at the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C., as the Terriers will face third-seeded Vermont (22-11-5) on Thursday (April 9) at the Verizon Center. The game, which is slated for 8:30 p.m., will be broadcast live by ESPN2.

Miami and Bemidji State - both No. 4-seeds - will face off in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. The winners will meet on Saturday (April 11) at 7 p.m. for the NCAA title live on ESPN. Remarkably, this is the first time that an NCAA title will be awarded in the nation's capital.

BU, which won the NCAA title in 1971, 1972, 1978 and 1995, is making its first "Frozen Four" appearance, as the 1999 tournament was the first to be given that tag. The Terriers have made 20 previous appearances in the semifinals, including two streaks of five straight (1974-78, 1993-97), and are 9-11 (.474) all-time in this round. In his 36th season at the helm of the Terrier program, Jack Parker is making his record 13th NCAA semifinal appearance as a coach.

A win over UVM would not only place BU in the national title game for the 10th time in program history, but also tied the school record for wins in a season (34), set during the 1993-94 campaign. The Terriers are 4-5 all-time with the NCAA championship on the line.

Vermont is the only team in the country that has a winning record against the Terriers this season. After BU posted a convincing 7-2 road win over the Catamounts on Nov. 1, Vermont visited Agganis Arena three weeks later and became the first team in 16 years to pull off a weekend sweep on BU's home ice, winning two games by identical 4-3 scores.

The Catamounts are responsible for one-third of BU's losses this season and also ended the Terriers' 2007-08 campaign in the Hockey East semifinals.

BU is undefeated in its last 17 games (15-0-2) away from home, its longest such stretch in program history. Freshman goaltender Kieran Millan is 14-0-1 in 16 starts away from Agganis this season.

Since dropping the weekend set to Vermont in November, the Terriers are 26-2-4, and 19-1-3 since Jan. 16. The run included a 17-game unbeaten streak (14-0-3). It's their best 20-plus-game stretch since going 26-1-1 from Feb. 18, 1995, to Jan. 5, 1996. The 1994-95 squad won its last 10 games en route to the national title before the following year's team started out 16-1-1.

The Terriers and Catamounts have played 57 times since the 1971-72 season, with BU holding a 33-18-6 (.632) advantage. This will be their first meeting in the NCAA tournament.

From 1974-84, the teams shared time in the ECAC, with BU posting a 13-4-1 record against the Catamounts during the span. Since the Catamounts joined Hockey East in 2005, they hold a 7-6-3 (.531) edge against BU.

The Terriers have won two of the three neutral-site meetings, but Vermont came out top in the most recent -- a 3-1 contest in last year's Hockey East semifinals.

Senior Chris Higgins has had more success against Vermont than any other team, tallying 17 points (10g, 7a) in 16 career games against the Catamounts. Classmates Brandon Yip (7g, 3a) and Jason Lawrence (4g, 6a) each have 10 career points against Vermont. Sophomore Colin Wilson has nine points (4g, 5a) in just six games versus the Catamounts, while nine (1g, 8a) of sophomore Colby Cohen's 47 career points have come against Vermont.