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2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Boston College Vs. Air Force Game Thread (4:00 PM, ESPNU & ESPN3)

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No. 16 Air Force Falcons (21-10-7, 15-6-6 Atlantic Hockey) vs. No. 1/1 Boston College Eagles (29-10-1, 19-7-1 Hockey East)

What: 2012 NCAA Tournament Northeast Regional Semifinal
Time: 4:00 PM Eastern
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Place: Worcester, Mass.
Arena: DCU Center
Capacity: 12,239

TV: ESPNU, ESPN3.com
TV Announcers: Joe Beninati (play-by-play), Billy Jaffe (analyst) and Dan Parkhurst (reporter)
Online Audio: bceagles.com
Announcers: Adam Kaufman (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst)

Series: BC and Air Force have previously met 5 times. Boston College leads the all-time series 5-0-0.
Last Meeting:
Boston College 8, Air Force 2 (December 27, 2007)

Series History:

W - Boston College 8, Air Force 2 (December 27, 2007)
W - Boston College 5, Air Force 1 (December 28, 1993)
W - Boston College 14, Air Force 7 (January 6, 1979)
W - Boston College 11, Air Force 1 (January 5, 1979)
W - Boston College 6, Air Force 1 (December 28, 1977)

Trends: Boston College is 9-1 in NCAA Tournament first-round action under Jerry York. The Eagles have won 15 straight games, the longest active streak in the country. This is the Eagles' 31st NCAA Tournament berth and 13th in the last 15 years. Jerry York has led his team to 19 NCAA Tournament berths, six with Bowling Green and 13 with BC. York has a 33-19-1 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and owns a 28-9 mark at Boston College.

Air Force's Leading Scorers: Jr. Kyle De Laurell (15-23-38), Jr. John Kruse (16-14-30), Sr. Tim Kirby (12-16-28)
Air Force's Leading Goaltender: So. Jason Torf (8-4-2, 1.72 GAA, .928 SV%)

Leave your thoughts on the game below. Go Eagles!

Prediction: Boston College 4, Air Force 2
Record-to-date: 28-12-0