March 26, 2017
By Dan Colleran
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Following a 3-2 comeback win over No. 1 seed Minnesota in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Northeast Regional on Saturday afternoon, the No. 4 seed Irish will play No. 2 seed UMass Lowell at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon with a trip to the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four on the line.
It marks the fourth time in program history the Irish have reached a NCAA Regional Final. In previous NCAA Regional Finals appearances, the Irish are 2-1-0, including wins in 2008 (3-1 over Michigan State) and 2011 (2-1 over New Hampshire).
In Saturday’s win over the Gophers, juniors Anders Bjork (two goals), Cal Petersen (31 saves and an assist) and Jake Evans (two assists) led the way as the Irish roared back from a 2-0 deficit late in the second period.
Notre Dame is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, the fourth time in the last five years and the ninth time in program history. It also marks the eighth NCAA Tournament appearance by the Irish under head coach Jeff Jackson, who led Notre Dame to Frozen Four appearances in 2008 and 2011.
The River Hawks advanced to Sunday’s NCAA Northeast Regional Final with a 5-0 victory over No. 3 seed Cornell.
Matchup: No. 4 seed Notre Dame vs. No. 2 seed UMass Lowell
Date: Sunday, March 26
Time: 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Site: Manchester, New Hampshire
Arena: SNHU Arena
Play-By-Play: Allen Bestwick
Analyst: Billy Jaffe
Live Streaming: WatchESPN
Live Radio | Audio: WZOC 94.3 FM | WatchND
Play-by-Play: Darin Pritchett
Live Stats: HockeyEastOnline.com
Live Updates: @NDHockey
Series History: UML leads, 9-2-2 (13 games)
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).