Following two wins in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's championship tournament over the weekend, the Boston College men's hockey team has advanced to the "Frozen Four" for the second consecutive year.
Coach Jerry York's Eagles will play in the tourament's semi-finals today when they take on Hockey East rival Maine in Anaheim, Calif. at 4 p.m. New Hampshire plays Michigan State in the other semi-final game tonight at 9.
Tonight's winners will play for the national championship on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. All "Frozen Four" games will be televised on ESPN.
Boston College, this season's Hockey East Tournament champions, earned the right to play in the national championship series by beating Northern Michigan 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA West Regional playoffs last Saturday in Madison, Wis., followed by a 3-1 victory over North Dakota on Sunday. The win over the No. 1-ranked Fighting Sioux was the eighth consecutive victory for York's team.
Sophomore goaltender Scott Clemmensen was named the Most Valuable Player of the West Regionals, making 26 saves in the first round game and then turning aside 31 North Dakota shots on Sunday.
In 1998, Boston College advanced to the finals of the NCAA championship before losing to Michigan, 3-2, in an overtime game played at Boston's FleetCenter. Overall, this marks the 15th time the Eagles have made it to the NCAA championship semi-final series since it was begun in 1948. Boston College last won the national collegiate hockey championship in 1949.
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