Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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More than 30 hours of NCAA hockey on TV this weekend

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers, Men's hockey, WCHA news Updated: March 20, 2012 - 4:52 PM

Want to sink your teeth into college hockey? You can watch 12 NCAA tournament games this weekend.

If someone sat on their sofa, determined to watch as much hockey as possible including tape delayed games, he or she could watch nine hours of hockey on Friday, 11-1/2 hours on Saturday and 10 hours on Sunday. That's 30-1/2 hours.

Here is the schedule:

NCAA hockey tournament

(All games are available live on ESPN3.com's webcast )

Friday's first-round games

Michigan State vs. Union, 2 p.m. in East... ESPNU

Denver vs. Ferris State, 4:30 p.m. in Midwest ... No TV

UMass-Lowell vs. Miami, 5:30 p.m. in East ... ESPNU

Cornell vs. Michigan, 8 p.m. in Midwest  ...  ESPNU

Denver vs. Ferris State, 10:30 p.m. in Midwest  ... ESPNU (tape delay)

Saturday's first- and second-round games

Western Michigan vs. North Dakota in West, 12:30 p.m. ... FSN

Air Force vs. Boston College in Northeast, 3 p.m. ... ESPNU

Boston University vs. Gophers in West, 4 p.m. ... FSN-Plus

Michigan State/Union winner vs. UMass-Lowell vs. Miami winner in East, 5:30 p.m. ... ESPNU

Maine vs. Minnesota Duluth in Northeast, 6:30 p.m. ... FSN-Plus

Denver/Ferris State winner vs. Cornell/Michigan winner in Midwest, 8 p.m. ... ESPNU

Maine vs. Minnesota Duluth in Northeast, 10:30 p.m. ... ESPNU (tape delay)

Sunday's second-round games

Western Michigan vs. North Dakota in West, 11:30 a.m. ... ESPNU (tape delay)

Boston University vs. Gophers in West, 2 p.m. ... ESPNU (tape delay)

Western Michigan/North Dakota winner vs. Boston University/Gophers winner in West, 4:30 p.m. ... ESPNU

Air Force/Boston College winner vs. Maine/Minnesota Duluth in Northeast, 7 p.m. ... ESPNU

Frozen Four pairings

Semifinals on Thursday, April 5

Northeast champion  vs. West champion, 3:30 or 7 p.m. .. First semifinal on ESPNU, second on ESPN2

East champion vs. Midwest champion, 3:30 or 7 p.m.

Championship on Saturday, April 7

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. ... ESPN2

DREAM MATCHUP

There are four WCHA teams in the NCAA tournament and as many as three could reach the Frozen Four.

Here is a scenario WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod would like:

Minnesota Duluth vs. Gophers or North Dakota

Any East team vs. Denver

 

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