NCAA Hockey: Big Ten Hockey Tournament-Notre Dame vs Penn State

Notre Dame will not take part in the NCAA hockey Northeast Regionals because of COVID-19 protocols.

The Irish (14-13-2) were an at-large selection in the tournament and were scheduled to play No. 2 overall seed Boston College (17-5-1) on Saturday in Albany, N.Y. With the game declared no contest, the Eagles will advance to play the winner of Saturday's 1 p.m. game (time change) between St. Cloud State and Boston University for the right to play in the Frozen Four.

"The NCAA and the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee regret that, because of COVID-19 protocols, Notre Dame's student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to play in a tournament in which they earned the right to participate," the NCAA said in a statement.

"This decision was made in consultation with the Albany County Public Health Department and the NCAA Medical Advisory Group. Because of privacy issues, we cannot provide further details."

The Albany regional was originally scheduled for Manchester, but UNH and the SNHU Arena withdrew as hosts over COVID-19 concerns.

The national semifinals of the Frozen Four are scheduled for April 8 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, with the national championship game to be played April 10.

North Dakota is the No. 1 overall seed, with Minnesota at No. 3 and Wisconsin No. 4.

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