NCAA Hockey Tournament Guide

NCAA Hockey Tournament Guide

The Boston College Eagles had to be more than a little unsatisfied with their performance last year.

BC had won two of the last previous national titles, and, while it wasn't the No. 1 seed in that tournament, it was certainly looked upon as a favorite to at least return to the Frozen Four. Instead, it crashed out of the first round 8-4 at the hands of Colorado College, which was bounced itself the following night by eventual runners-up Michigan.Particularly galling was the fact that BC conceded eight goals in that game, given that it had rampaged through its previous eight games, scoring 32 goals and conceding just 17.

And the scary thing for BC, which this year earned the top seed in the NCAA tournament with a 29-10-1 record, that's not even a particularly good run to the NCAA tournament, let alone performance in it.

What you have to understand about the Eagles is that their raison d'être from the time the calendar flips over to February is winning, and winning by embarrassing margins. Last weekend, they collected their third straight Hockey East title, and fifth in the last six years. And where last year's eight-game streak into the national dance looks impressive, it's dwarfed by this season's run of 15.

Yes, 15. Really.

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