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By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 28th, 2013

Vic’s picks
Victor Fernandes unveils his predictions for the NCAA Division I tournament:

East Regional
at Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, R.I.
Semifinals – Saturday

No. 4 Canisius def. No. 1 Quinnipiac
No. 2 Boston College def. No. 3 Union
Championship game – Sunday
No. 2 Boston College def. No. 4 Canisius

Northeast Regional
at Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, N.H.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 4 Wisconsin def. No. 1 UMass-Lowell
No. 3 Denver def. No. 2 New Hampshire
Championship game – Saturday
No. 4 Wisconsin def. No. 3 Denver

Midwest Regional
at Huntington Center – Toledo, Ohio
Semifinals – Saturday

No. 4 St. Cloud State def. No. 1 Notre Dame
No. 2 Miami, Ohio def. No. 3 Minnesota State-Mankato
Championship game – Sunday
No. 4 St. Cloud State def. No. 2 Miami, Ohio

West Regional
at Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Minnesota def. No. 4 Yale
No. 2 North Dakota def. No. 3 Niagara
Championship game – Saturday
No. 1 Minnesota def. No. 2 North Dakota

Men’s Frozen Four
at CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh
Semifinals – April 11

No. 2 Boston College def. No. 4 St. Cloud State
No. 1 Minnesota def. No. 4 Wisconsin
Championship game – April 13
No. 2 Boston College def. No. 1 Minnesota

NCAA Division I Tournament schedule
East Regional
at Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, R.I.
Semifinals – Saturday

No. 1 Quinnipiac (27-7-5) vs. No. 4 Canisius (19-18-5), 5:30 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Boston College (22-11-4) vs. No. 3 Union (21-12-5), 9 p.m. ESPNU
Championship game – Sunday
Semifinal winners, 6:30 p.m. ESPNU

Northeast Regional
at Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, N.H.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 UMass-Lowell (26-10-2) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (22-12-7), 4:30 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 New Hampshire (19-11-7) vs. No. 3 Denver (20-13-5), 8 p.m. ESPNU
Championship game – Saturday
Semifinal winners, 6:30 p.m. ESPNU

Midwest Regional
at Huntington Center – Toledo, Ohio
Semifinals – Saturday

No. 1 Notre Dame (25-12-3) vs. No. 4 St. Cloud State (23-15-1), 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Miami, Ohio (24-11-5) vs. Minnesota State-Mankato (24-13-3), 5 p.m. ESPN3
Championship game – Sunday
Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. ESPNU

West Regional
at Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Minnesota (26-8-5) vs. No. 4 Yale (18-12-3), 2 p.m. ESPNU
No. 2 North Dakota (21-12-7) vs. No. 3 Niagara (23-9-5), 5:30 p.m. ESPNU
Championship game – Saturday
Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. ESPNU

Men’s Frozen Four
at CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh
Semifinals – April 11

East Regional champion vs. Midwest Regional champion, 4:30 p.m. ESPN2
Northeast Regional champion vs. West Regional champion, 8 p.m. ESPN2
Championship game – April 13
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. ESPN

Posted: April 7th, 2010

No. 1 Miami RedHawks

Seed: No. 1 (Midwest Region)

Record: 29-8-7

Coach: Enrico Blasi, 10th season (239-159-40)

Players to watch: Sr. F Jarod Palmer (18 goals-27-45 points), Jr. F Andy Miele (15-29-44), Jr. F Tommy Wingels (17-25-42), Jr. F Carter Camper (15-23-38), So. Chris Wideman (5-16-21, plus-18 rating)

Frozen Four facts: Making their second straight appearance and second in the program’s history … Erie native Justin Mercier, now in the Colorado Avalanche organization, led the RedHawks to their first national title game in 2009, where they lost 4-3 in OT to Boston University. … Blasi signed a new contract last week that keeps him at Miami through the 2016-17 season. … advanced to the Frozen Four with two one-goal wins in the Midwest Regional (2-1 against Alabama-Huntsville and 3-2 in double OT against Michigan).

Outlook: The RedHawks took a 3-1 lead into the final minute of the 2009 title game. But they lost in OT. Now they’re ready to avenge that disappointing finish.

No. 3 Boston College Eagles

Seed: No. 1 (Northeast Region)

Record: 27-10-3

Coach: Jerry York, 16th season (381-204-58)

Players to watch: So. F Cam Atkinson (27-23-50), Jr. F Brian Gibbons (16-30-46), Jr. G John Muse (17-8-2 record, 2.54 goals-against average, .907 save percentage), Jr. F Joe Whitney (16-23-39), Sr. F Ben Smith (13-20-33)

Frozen Four facts: Has secured nine appearances in the last 13 years. … Has won two national titles in the past eight years, most recently in 2008. … York has three titles (2001 and 2008 with BC, 1984 with Bowling Green) and 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in his 38-year career. … His 849 career wins rank second on the NCAA’s all-time list and first among active coaches.

Outlook: With York at the helm, the Eagles have a good chance to capture their second national title in three seasons. But they have to bolster their defense, which allowed seven goals in a 9-7 win against Yale in the Northeast Regional final.

No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers

Seed: No. 1 (West Region)

Record: 27-10-4

Coach: Mike Eaves, 8th season (170-121-38)

Players to watch: Sr. F Michael Davies (19-32-51), So. F Derek Stepan (10-40-50), Sr. F Blake Geoffrion (27-21-48), Jr. D Brendan Smith (15-32-47), Jr. G Scott Gudmandson (19-4-4, 2.32, .915, 2 shutouts)

Frozen Four facts: Have won six national titles, fourth most in NCAA Division I men’s hockey history. … Reached the Frozen Four after not making the NCAA Tournament in the 2008-09 season. … Have reached the NCAA Tournament in five of Eaves’ eight seasons. … Has the nation’s No. 2 offense (3.98 goals per game)

Outlook: The Badgers have all the pressure in their semifinal matchup against Rochester Institute of Technology. If they beat the Tigers, they would be in good shape for national title No. 7.

No. 20 Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers

Seed: No. 4 (East Region)

Record: 28-11-1

Coach: Wayne Wilson, 11th season (216-102-25)

Players to watch: Sr. G Jared DeMichiel (27-9-1, 1.98, .924, 5 SO), So. F Cameron Burt (16-31-47), Jr. F Andrew Favot (13-32-45), Sr. D Dan Ringwald (11-25-36), Fr. D Chris Tanev (10-18-28)

Frozen Four facts: Reached the program’s and the Atlantic Hockey Association’s first Frozen Four … Won a national Division II championship in 1983 and a Division III title in 1985. … Also lost D-III title games in 1989, 1996 and 2001. … Wilson, the school’s all-time wins leader, won a national title as a player under current BC coach York with Bowling Green in 1984.

Outlook: RIT has no pressure. The Tigers weren’t supposed to make it this far. Will that carry that nothing-t0-lose mindset to an improbable Frozen Four title?

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