Hockey East Frozen Four Weekend Preview
Boston College will represent Hockey East at the 2016 Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.

Boston College vs. Quinnipiac - Thu. 4/7 at Amalie Arena (Tampa, Fla.)

- Boston College advanced to its 12th Frozen Four under Jerry York's guidance, after defeating Harvard (4-1) and Minnesota Duluth (3-2) at the DCU Center in Worcester to advance out of the Northeast Regional.

- This is Boston College's 25th Frozen Four appearance, the most by any individual program in NCAA history. The Eagles are 11-13 in the Frozen Four and have won five out the last six games in the semifinal round.

- The Eagles have the best faceoff percentage of any remaining team, winning draws at a 55.2% clip. They also led the NCAA in 2015-16 with 53 first period goals.

- Boston College boasts the best record against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams of the remaining four programs, going 11-4-3 against the squads in the original 16-team field.

- The Eagles defeated Harvard in the regional semifinal game, 4-1. Sophomore Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and junior Austin Cangelosi (Estero, Fla.) each netted two goals in that game to help lift the Eagles over the Crimson.

- Captain Teddy Doherty (Hopkinton, Mass.) found the back of the net twice to open the scoring against Minnesota Duluth in the Northeast Regional Final. His offensive outburst pushed the Eagles to a 3-2 victory and another Frozen Four bid.

- Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) was named the region's Most Outstanding Player after making 60 saves on the weekend. Demko was recently named to the Hobey Hat Trick and he is also a finalist for the Mike Richter Award.

- Casey Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.), who had two game-winning helpers in the NCAA regional round, was named to the All-Region Team alongside teammates Alex Tuch, Teddy Doherty and Thatcher Demko.

- Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) tallied his 100th career point (53g, 47a) with his game-winning power-play goal against Minnesota Duluth in the Regional Final.

- Boston College marks Hockey East's 25th team in the last 18 seasons to reach the Frozen Four, the most of any conference. The Eagles were last in Tampa in April 2012 at the Frozen Four. That year, the Eagles walked away as national champions behind Most Outstanding Player Parker Milner. The Eagles also reached the Frozen Four in 2014, but fell to the Dutchmen of Union, 5-4, in the semifinal round.

- Since taking control behind the Eagles bench in 1994, Jerry York is 12-7 in the Frozen Four. In total, Coach York is 8-3 in the national semifinal and 4-4 in the national championship game at Boston College.

- The Eagles will faceoff with Quinnipiac University in the Frozen Four semifinal on Thursday at 5 p.m., live on ESPN2. Quinnipiac held the number one ranking in the national polls for much of this season, boasting a 31-3-7 record and riding a five-game winning streak. The Bobcats are 8-1-1 in their last 10 contests.

- Quinnipiac defeated UMass Lowell in the NCAA East Regional Final, 4-1, Sunday, March 27 to advance to the second Frozen Four in school history in just its fifth NCAA tournament appearance.

- The Bobcats are led by junior forward Sam Anas, who ranks ninth nationally in points (50), registering 24 goals and 26 assists on the year. Anas, despite being only a junior, leads all remaining players with 132 career points and 69 career goals.

- This is the first ever meeting between Boston College and Quinnipiac.

- Boston College and Quinnipiac both get offense from players on the blue line. Boston College racked up a nation-high 123 points (30g, 93a) from their defensemen, while Quinnipiac collected 120 points (31g, 89).

- Both teams are also very strong in net. Boston College goaltender Thatcher Demko is the lone finalist for the Hobey Baker still competing and racked up 10 shutouts on the year, the highest total nationally. Meanwhile, Quinnipiac goaltender Michael Garteig was second nationally behind Demko with eight perfect games. Demko has 13 career shutouts while Garteig has kept a blank sheet in 19 contests over the course of his career.

- North Dakota and Denver will square off in the second semifinal tilt in Tampa at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night. The NCHC foes saw each other four times during the regular season, splitting the series 2-2-0. The home team won each of those four games.

- Combined, the four teams in the Frozen Four field are 95-0-9 when leading after two periods of play.

- Boston College and Denver met once in 2015-16, when the Eagles downed the Pioneers, 4-3, October 30, 2015 at Conte Forum.

- Denver, North Dakota, and Quinnipiac are all an identical 8-1-1 in their last 10 outings, with Boston College is 7-3-0.