Boston College Hockey In The NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals

via Graham Beck, Heights Editor

The Boston College Eagles hockey team will be making its 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals Round. The tournament was first expanded to more than four teams for the 1977 Frozen Four. But it wasn't until the mid 1980s before BC first played in an NCAA Quarterfinals series.

From 1981-1987, the NCAA Quarterfinals were a two-game series with the team with the higher goal total advancing to the Frozen Four. BC didn't like that format too much, posting just a 2-4 record and getting outscored 27-21 in three NCAA Tournament appearances.

1983-84 (lost series 13-8 on aggregate)
L - Michigan State 6, Boston College 2
L - Michigan State 7, Boston College 6

1984-85 (won series 9-8 on aggregate)
L - Minnesota 7, Boston College 5
W - Boston College 4, Minnesota 1

1986-87 (lost series 6-4 on aggregate)
L - Minnesota 4, Boston College 1
W - Boston College 3, Minnesota 2

Starting in the 1989 NCAA Tournament, the format was changed to be a three-game quarterfinals series with the first two rounds played at the higher seed's home ice. BC had slightly more success with this tournament format, compiling a 3-5 record overall but just one quarterfinals series win.

1988-89
W - Boston College 6, Michigan State 3
L - Michigan State 7, Boston College 2
L - Michigan State 5, Boston College 4 (OT)

1989-90
W - Boston College 4, Minnesota 2
L - Minnesota 2, Boston College 1
W - Boston College 6, Minnesota 1

1990-91
L - Alaska-Anchorage 3, Boston College 2
L - Alaska-Anchorage 3, Boston College 1

Finally, starting in 1992, the NCAA moved to a single-game Quarterfinals series. This is where BC has thrived under Coach York. The Eagles are 9-2 overall in single-elimination NCAA Quarterfinals.

1997-98: W - Boston College 6, Colorado College 1
1998-99: W - Boston College 3, North Dakota 1
1999-00: W - Boston College 4, Wisconsin 1
2000-01: W - Boston College 3, Maine 1
2002-03: L - Cornell 2, Boston College 1 (2OT)
2003-04: W - Boston College 3, Michigan 2
2004-05: L - North Dakota 6, Boston College 3
2005-06: W - Boston College 5, Boston University 0
2006-07: W - Boston College 4, Miami 0
2007-08: W - Boston College 4, Miami 3 (OT)
2009-10: W - Boston College 9, Yale 7

It's been a remarkable run for the Eagles under Coach York. Boston College looks to push their record to 10-2 in the NCAA Quarterfinals under York tonight at the DCU Center. 8 PM. ESPNU.

Three more wins. Go Eagles!

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