March 19, 2006
NCAA Tournament

Northeast Regional Capsules | Worcester, Mass.

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Friday, March 24

4 p.m. ET: No. 1 Boston University vs. No. 4 Nebraska-Omaha

7 p.m. ET: No. 2 Miami vs. No. 3 Boston College

Saturday, March 25

6 p.m. ET: Regional Final

NO. 1 SEED BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS

Location: Boston, Mass.
Record: 25-9-4 (17-7-3 Hockey East, first)
Qualified: Hockey East Tournament Champions
NCAA Championships:
Four (1995, 1978, 1972, 1971)
NCAA Appearance: 29th (most recent, 2005)
Head Coach: Jack Parker
Key Players: David Van der Gulik, F, Sr. (23 GP, 11-10—21); Pete MacArthur, F, So. (38 GP, 14-23—37); John Curry, G, Jr. (23-7-4, 2.16, .921); Dan Spang, D, Sr. (38 GP, 8-22—30)
What You Need to Know: Under .500 as recently as Jan. 6, the Terriers have surged in the second half to two Hockey East titles and a No. 1 seed. They could easily be the hottest team in the tournament – they've won an NCAA-best six in a row and are unbeaten in nine straight (7-0-2).
How They'll Advance: Boston University's rise in the standings coincided with David Van der Gulik's midseason return to the lineup. He seems to be getting stronger and stronger, with two hat tricks in the last two weeks. The Terriers have the benefit of a balanced attack up front and a reliable goaltender in John Curry. They also thrive in tournament settings, as witnessed by the Beanpot, where BU wins seem to be as annual as another early February event, Groundhog Day.
What Might Trip Them Up: Despite Van der Gulik's recent heroics and Pete MacArthur's finishing touch, the Terriers still lack a real game-breaking forward. They've gotten by, averaging 3.45 goals per game, but who will they turn to when they need a goal? Plus, their special teams are uninspired, ranking in the 30s nationally, although they've been better since Jan. 1.

Most Recent Boston University Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
7-D. Van der Gulik 12-B. Zancanaro 5-J. Laliberte The Terriers have six players crowded between 11 and 16 goals on the year.
6-K. Roche 16-P. MacArthur 27-B. Ewing
22-J. Lawrence 10-C. Higgins 18-B. Yip
28-B. McGuirk 15-J. McCarthy 9-R. Weston
Defense Defense Goalies
11-D. Spang 97-M. Gilroy 36-J. Curry Spang provides some offense, but the D is very defensive-minded.
4-S. Sullivan 3-K. Schaeffer 1-S. Siwiec
14-J. Redlihs 21-T. Morrow 29-K. Gillespie

NO. 2 SEED MIAMI REDHAWKS

Location: Oxford, Ohio
Record: 26-8-4 (20-6-2 CCHA, first)
Qualified: At-large bid
NCAA Championships:
None
NCAA Appearance: Fourth (most recent, 2004)
Head Coach: Enrico Blasi
Key Players: Andy Greene, D, Sr. (38 GP, 9-22—31); Nathan Davis, F, So. (36 GP, 20-20—40); Jeff Zatkoff, G, Fr. (14-5-1, 2.02, .928); Ryan Jones, F, So. (38 GP, 22-13—35)
What You Need to Know: Miami ran away with the CCHA regular-season title, clinching first place with two weeks remaining. The feat is even more impressive when one considers that junior forwards Matt Christie and Marty Guerin, who combined for 68 points as freshmen and 70 points last season, have amassed just 40 points between them this year.
How They'll Advance: The RedHawks have been successful all year long with solid goaltending and stingy defense. Those are good things to have at this time of the year. Marquee players Andy Greene and Nathan Davis give Miami some star power to rely on in a big setting. Davis also has a knack for scoring momentum-changing goals – a dangerous penalty killer, the sophomore goes from zero to full speed in about two strides and can instantly turn a lazy D-to-D or cross-ice pass into a shorthanded goal.
What Might Trip Them Up: It won't be easy for the RedHawks to play two "road" games in Massachusetts against Boston College, and potentially Boston University. The RedHawks were 12-6-2 in games played away from Goggin Ice Arena this year, compared to a dominant 14-2-2 record at home. Should they advance to face BU in the second round, they’ll face a team that plays a style similar to Michigan State. The Spartans gave Miami fits this season, winning all three meetings with the RedHawks and completely bottling up their offensive attack.

Most Recent Miami Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
26-R. Jones 17-N. Davis 22-N. Musitelli Miami's forwards are almost all reliable defensively, not surprising for a team that leads the nation in scoring defense (1.95 GA/game).
16-J. Mercier 14-G. Smith 8-M. Guerin
11-M. Christie 19-M. Davis 15-S. Dennis
7-B. Kaufman 20-C. Michael 9-J. Cooper
Defense Defense Goalies
23-A. Greene 25-M. Ganzak 37-J. Zatkoff Zatkoff and Effinger have alternated the last eight games. Effinger would be next.
21-A. Martinez 18-R. Eichenlaub 1-C. Effinger
24-K. Roeder 4-B. Robbins 34-J. Richmond

NO. 3 SEED BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES

Location: Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Record: 23-12-3 (17-8-2 Hockey East, third)
Qualified: At-large bid
NCAA Championships:
Two (1949, 2001)
NCAA Appearance: 26th (most recent, 2005)
Head Coach: Jerry York
Key Players: Chris Collins, F, Sr. (38 GP, 30-28—58); Brian Boyle, F, Jr. (38 GP, 21-28—49); Cory Schneider, G, So. (21-12-2, 2.15, .926); Peter Harrold, D, Sr. (38 GP, 7-22—29)
What You Need to Know: The Eagles had the inside track on the Hockey East title and perhaps a No. 1 seed before a February swoon dropped them to third place in the league.
How They'll Advance: The Eagles could be as strong a third seed as we've seen since Michigan reached the Frozen Four in 2003. Boston College has offensive weapons in Chris Collins and Brian Boyle, prototypical depth forwards like Joe Rooney and Pat Gannon, solid defense and excellent goaltending.
What Might Trip Them Up: First and foremost, Chris Collins (hip pointer) has to be healthy. Secondly, BC has to hope that it got its slump out of the way in February. A year ago BC seemed unprepared for the pace of the NCAA Tournament against both Mercyhurst and North Dakota. Cory Schneider wasn't sharp in goal and the Eagles were bumped in the second round.

Most Recent Boston College Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
12-C. Collins 10-B. Boyle 19-B. Bradford That second line – let's call them "G Forces" – averages 5-foot-7, 172 pounds and a whole lot of energy.
14-M. Greene 9-N. Gerbe 15-S. Gionta
17-J. Rooney 21-B. Ferriero 22-D. Bertram
11-J. Adams 13-P. Gannon 27-A. Orpik
Defense Defense Goalies
5-T. Filangeri 7-P. Harrold 1-C. Schneider Motherwell's solid rookie season may have made him BC's No. 2 defenseman.
2-A. Aiello 4-M. Brennan 29-J. Pearce
23-B. O'Hanley 8-B. Motherwell 30-A. Reasoner

NO. 4 SEED NEBRASKA-OMAHA MAVERICKS

Location: Omaha, Neb.
Record: 20-14-6 (12-10-6 CCHA, tied for fourth)
Qualified: At-large bid
NCAA Championships:
None
NCAA Appearance: First
Head Coach: Mike Kemp
Key Players: Scott Parse, F, Jr. (40 GP, 20-41—61); Bill Thomas, F, So. (40 GP, 26-23—49); Bryan Marshall, F, So. (40 GP, 12-26—38); Tomas Klempa, F, Fr. (32 GP, 10-14—24)
What You Need to Know: Though he was born and raised in Minnesota and has spent his entire coaching career in the Midwest, Nebraska-Omaha coach Mike Kemp is intimately familiar with one high-profile Massachusetts sporting event – an avid runner, Kemp has competed in the Boston Marathon.
How They'll Advance: When three players account for a shade over 40% of your goals and nearly 39% of your points, it’s imperative they contribute in order to have a chance to win. Therefore, UNO needs the forward line of junior Scott Parse and sophomores Bryan Marshall and Bill Thomas to be productive, but they can’t just rely on that trio in order to be successful. Freshman Tomas Klempa, a 5-foot-8 waterbug who missed more than a month with an injury but still managed 24 points in 32 games, and the high-energy line of Kaleb Betts, Alex Nikiforuk and Brandon Scero are the most viable secondary options.
What Might Trip Them Up: Special teams have been a sore spot for the Mavericks. They’re 10th in the CCHA in penalty killing at 81.2% and rank sixth in the conference with a power-play success rate of 17.2%. One would think UNO would be better in that category, what with Parse, Thomas and the like, but the Mavs seem content to blast away from the points and get traffic in front of the net to get goals off screens, deflections or rebounds. UNO is fairly average on defense and in goal, where freshman walk-on Jerad Kaufmann seized the no. 1 job about one-third of the way through the season. Sure, they’ve got the ability to score six goals on a given night, but they’re just as prone to giving up that many, too.

Most Recent Nebraska-Omaha Line Chart
Left Wing Center Right Wing Notes
23-S. Parse 25-B. Marshall 21-B. Thomas The first line has accounted for more than 40 percent of the Mavericks' goals.
20-B. Scero 9-A. Nikiforuk 28-K. Betts
33-D. Charleston 3-J.P. Platisha 8-T. Klempa
11-M. Lefley 24-B. Bagron 27-M. Lawrence
Defense Defense Goalies
2-J. Uotila 4-P. Angell 34-J. Kaufmann Kaufmann, a freshman walk-on, is 17-10-6 on the year.
22-D. Knapp 6-M. Eickman 30-E. Aarnio
29-A. Bartholomay 10-J. Krischuk