Hockey East NCAA Regional Weekend Preview
Six Hockey East teams will take part in the 2016 NCAA Tournament

Providence vs. Minnesota Duluth - Fri. 3/25 at DCU Center (Northeast Regional)

- Providence makes its 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament as it begins its 2015 NCAA title defense, boasting a roster with 16 juniors and seniors, the second-highest total among tournament teams.

- The Friars carry a 14-16-0 record all time in the NCAA postseason. Providence is 7-3-3 in 13 games against other NCAA Tournament teams in 2015-16 and earned the No. 1 seed in the Northeast Region.

- Six current Providence skaters rank in the top 10 active scorers in the NCAA Tournament: Nick Saracino (2-5--7), Trevor Mingoia (3-3--6), Mark Jankowski (3-2--5), Brandon Tanev (3-2--5), Anthony Florentino (2-2--4) and Tom Parisi (2-2--4).

- Minnesota Duluth is 4-0-1 in the last five outings against Providence. The Friars took the last neutral site meeting between the squads, 4-3, at Brown's Meehan Auditorium on Dec. 27,1979.

- The Bulldogs earned one of the last at-large bids after advancing to the NCHC title game against St. Cloud State, ultimately falling to the Huskies, 3-1

Boston College vs. Harvard - Fri. 3/25 at DCU Center (Northeast Regional)

- Boston College returns to the NCAA Tournament for the 35th time, second only to Minnesota and Michigan's 36th appearance. The Eagles have reached the Frozen Four 24 times and won five NCAA titles.

- Thatcher Demko is the most experienced goaltender in this year's NCAA field, having played in four tournament games and carrying 3.29 GAA/.891 SV% numbers.

- Ryan Fitzgerald is just two points away from reaching the 100 career points milestone.

- Jerry York has 23 NCAA Tournament appearances and five titles under his belt, the most by any coach in this year's field. His Eagles are also 12-1 at the DCU Center, home to this year's Northeast Regional.

- Boston College is 6-3-1 in its last ten games and is 9-4-3 against the NCAA tournament field.

- Boston College downed Harvard in their lone meeting this season, a 3-2 win Feb. 1 in the first round of the Beanpot. Harvard received an at-large bid after losing to Quinnipiac, 4-1, in the ECAC Championship game.

- Harvard senior forward Jimmy Vesey was 11th in the nation during the regular season with 46 points on 24 goals and 22 assists. Vesey's 80 career goals are the most for active skaters in the tournament.

Notre Dame vs. Michigan - Fri. 3/25 at U.S. Bank Arena (Midwest Regional)

- Notre Dame earned its eighth NCAA berth, carrying a 6-7 record in the postseason tournament, with two Frozen Four appearances and one NCAA title game showing.

- Jeff Jackson's team skated against other NCAA Tournament teams 20 times this season, going 6-8-6 in those contests.

- Former conference foes in the CCHA, the Fighting Irish and Wolverines have met 134 times previously, most recently in 2012-13 when Notre Dame swept Michigan, 5-0-0.

- Notre Dame and Michigan's lone meeting in the NCAA Tournament came at the 2008 Frozen Four when the Irish posted a 5-4 overtime win to advance to the NCAA title game.

- The Wolverines earned an NCAA berth by winning the Big Ten Tournament, 5-3, over Minnesota and carry a 24-7-5 record this season.

Northeastern vs. North Dakota - Fri. 3/25 at U.S. Bank Arena (Midwest Regional)

- Northeastern claimed its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2009 by winning the Hockey East Tournament title, its first since 1988, with a 3-1 win over UMass Lowell at TD Garden.

- Since Hockey East's inception in 1984-85, the conference tournament champion carries a 63-27 record in the NCAA Tournament, with 22 of those 32 teams reaching the Frozen Four, 17 moving on to the title game and seven claiming the NCAA title.

- Northeastern has gone 20-1-2 in its last 23 games, including a 13-game winning stream and 14-game unbeaten streak, after starting the year 1-10-2.

- Senior Kevin Roy ranks in the top five for active career leaders entering the tournament in points (149), goals (65), and assists (84).

- The last meeting between Northeastern and North Dakota in the NCAA postseason was 34 years ago, when the Fighting Hawks eliminated the Huskies in the 1982 Frozen Four, 6-2.

- North Dakota received an at-large bid after falling to Minnesota Duluth in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. Freshman Brock Boeser led the team in points during the regular season with 51 on 25 goals and 26 assists.

Boston University vs. Denver - Sat. 3/26 at Xcel Energy Center (West Regional)

- Boston University returns to the NCAA Tournament after finishing as the national runner-up to Providence College in 2015, drawing Denver in the first round of regional play. The Terriers and Pioneers met once this season already, a 5-4 overtime win for BU on Halloween.

- The teams have clashed five times previously in the NCAA Tournament, with each team at 2-2. The last meeting came in 1997, a 4-3 overtime win for the Terriers.

- Last time out, the Terriers were swept by UMass Lowell in the Hockey East Quarterfinals at the Tsongas Center, March 11-12. It marks the first time since 1998 that the Terriers advanced to the NCAA Tournament despite not reaching the Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden.

- Boston University went 9-8-3 in 20 games against other NCAA Tournament teams during the regular season, tied for the most games played against other foes in the field and tied for the most wins against those teams.

- Terrier senior forward Danny O'Regan's 153 career points is the most among any skater in the tournament this year. O'Regan has two goals and three assists for five points in four career games played in the national tournament.

- Both Boston University (21-12-5) and Denver (23-9-6) earned an at-large bid to this year's NCAA Tournament.

UMass Lowell vs. Yale - Sat. 3/26 at Times Union Center (East Regional)

- This marks UMass Lowell's seventh NCAA tournament appearance and Head Coach Norm Bazin's fourth trip to the postseason. The River Hawks are 9-6-2 versus the tournament field this year and are 7-3 in their last ten games.

- Hockey East Co-Player of the Year Kevin Boyle is first in career saves for active goalies in the tournament with 2,755.

- UMass Lowell advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years. The River Hawks have won their opening round game in each of the three previous trips to the NCAA regionals, and reached the Frozen Four in 2013, falling to Yale, 3-2, in overtime.

- Yale received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after losing to Dartmouth in the ECAC quarterfinals.

- Yale goaltender Alex Lyon was one of the best in the nation during the regular season, as his 1.59 goals against average and .938 save percentage are both top in the nation.