Jack Eichel gets the chance to add to his impressive college resume when his Boston University hockey team takes on Yale on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament.
The 2 p.m. game, to be televised on ESPNU, will be played at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. It is a Northeast Regional semifinal.
Eichel is the top player in college hockey. He leads the country in points (66, with 24 goals), assists (42) and plus-minus (+46). Eichel is a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. He and Erie Otters center Connor McDavid are the two prized super-prospects heading into this spring’s NHL Draft.
BU (25-7-5) is the highest-scoring team in the nation, averaging 3.89 goals per game. The Terriers won the Hockey East title, going 14-5-3 in the conference.
Second-year head coach David Quinn will be coaching his first game in the NCAA Tournament.
The winner of Friday’s game will return to action at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, taking on either Minnesota or Minnesota-Duluth, who meet in Friday’s second semifinal.
Eichel and the high-flying Terriers will be matched against college hockey’s best defense. Yale (18-9-5) allows just 1.59 goals per game. Sophomore goaltender Alex Lyon leads the nation with a 1.5 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and seven shutouts.
The 2013 Bulldogs won the national championship.