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BC, four other Hockey East teams receive NCAA bids

March 23. 2014 6:47PM

Boston College earned the top seed in the Northeast and four other Hockey East team were awarded bids when the NCAA on Sunday announced the field for the upcoming Division I tournament.

The Eagles (26-7-4), who won the league regular-season title but were bounced by Notre Dame in the quarterfinals, received an at-large bid and will play NCHC tournament champ Denver in a Northeast Regional semifinal on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. BC is the top seed in the Northeast, second seed overall (behind Minnesota) in the 16-team field.

Hockey East tournament champ UMass Lowell (25-10-4) is the second seed in the Northeast Regional and will battle WCHA tournament champ Minnesota State Mankato (26-13-1) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Worcester.

Three other Hockey East schools received at-large bids: Notre Dame (23-14-2), the second seed in the West Regional in St. Paul, Minn.; Providence College (21-10-6), the No. 3 seed in the East Regional at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., and Vermont (20-14-3), the fourth seed in the East. The Fighting Irish will play St. Cloud State on Saturday. The Friars play Quinnipiac of the ECAC, and the Catamounts challenge ECAC tournament and regular-season king Union. Both of those games are Friday.

The Frozen Four is set for Thursday, April 10 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The national championship is Saturday, April 12 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Clarkson wins women’s title

Five different players scored and goalie Erica Howe made 34 saves to lead Clarkson to a 5-4 victory over Minnesota in Sunday’s women’s NCAA title game in Hamden, Conn. Top seed Minnesota outshot No. 2 seed Clarkson, 38-28.