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Irish Icers To Open NCAA Tournament In Grand Rapids, Mich., Versus Alabama-Huntsville
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March 18, 2007

Notre Dame, Ind. - The Notre Dame hockey team, fresh off its' CCHA Championship in Detroit, Mich., on Saturday night, will make the second NCAA appearance in the program's history this Friday, March 23. The Irish, the number one seed in the Grand Rapids, Mich., regional will face the fourth-seed, the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in the 5:00 p.m. game at Van Andel Arena. The second game of the regional will feature Boston University against Michigan State at 8:35 p.m.

With a record of 31-6-3, the Irish are the number two overall seed in the 16-team tournament. They took the CCHA title on Saturday night with a 2-1 win over Michigan. The last time that Notre Dame made the tournament was in 2004, when the Irish were a fourth seed in Grand Rapids and lost a 5-2 decision to Minnesota.

Alabama-Huntsville (13-19-3) advanced to the tournament by winning the College Hockey America (CHA) tournament championship two weeks ago, coming back from a 4-0 deficit against Robert Morris to win the title game, 5-4, in overtime.

Boston University is the number two seed in the regional and has a 20-9-9 overall record. The Terriers lost to Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals. Michigan State is the three seed and was 22-13-5 on the year and lost to Michigan, 5-2, in the CCHA semifinals then defeated Lake Superior, 7-6 in overtime in the CCHA third-place game on Saturday.

The winners of the two games will meet on Saturday, March 24 at Van Andel Arena in the regional championship game with face off set for 8:30 p.m. All the games from the regional can be seen on ESPNU.

Tickets for Notre Dame's trip to the NCAA Regionals can be ordered starting Monday, March 19 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Joyce Center Ticket Office or through Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. Tickets are $65.00 for the three-game all-session ticket. The Van Andel Arena ticket office is (616) 456-3333.

Notre Dame fans can reserve their tickets and a spot on the bus trip to Grand Rapids for each day by calling the Notre Dame ticket office at (574) 631-7356.

 

 

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5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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October 7
7:35 PM
Arizona State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 8
7:05 PM
Arizona State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
8:05 PM
Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, Minn. (Amsoil Arena)
October 15
8:05 PM
Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, Minn. (Amsoil Arena)
October 21
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 22
7:05 PM
Penn State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

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October 27
7:35 PM
Connecticut
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 28
7:35 PM
Connecticut
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 12
7:05 PM
Northeastern
Boston, Mass. (Matthews Arena)
November 13
3:05 PM
Northeastern
Boston, Mass. (Matthews Arena)
November 17
7:35 PM
UMass Lowell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 18
7:35 PM
UMass Lowell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 25
7:35 PM
Holy Cross
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
November 26
7:35 PM
Clarkson/Yale
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
December 2
6:05 PM
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)

ASN
December 3
7:05 PM
Massachusetts
Amherst, Mass. (Mullins Center)
December 10
7:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
December 31
4:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 1
2:05 PM
Alaska
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 6
7:35 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
January 7
7:05 PM
Michigan Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
January 13
7:35 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)
January 14
7:05 PM
Merrimack
North Andover, Mass. (Lawler Rink)
January 20
7:35 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 21
7:05 PM
New Hampshire
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
January 28
7:05 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
February 3
7:35 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 4
6:30 PM
Vermont
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 10
7:05 PM
Maine
Portland, Maine (Cross Insurance Arena)
February 11
7:05 PM
Maine
Orono, Maine (Alfond Arena)
February 17
7:35 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 18
7:05 PM
Providence College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
February 24
6:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

ASN
February 25
7:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

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