NCAA announces television coverage of hockey Northeast Regional

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The NCAA announced Tuesday the television broadcast schedule for the upcoming Northeast Regional of the 2004 NCAA Hockey Championships that will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire on March 27-28 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester (N.H.).

The semifinals of the Northeast Regional begin at noon Saturday, March 27 when Hockey East regular-season champion Boston College (27-8-4) faces off against Niagara University (21-14-3), which earned an automatic bid as the College Hockey America tournament champion. The late semifinal game, scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., features the University of Michigan (26-13-2) out of the CCHA and the host school, UNH (20-14-6).

The semifinal contest featuring UNH and Michigan will be broadcast live by WMUR-TV (Channel 9), an ABC affiliate based in Manchester. Four other networks will be broadcasting both games live: MSG Network (New York City); Charter-St. Louis (Ch. 21; St. Louis, Mo.); Cox-Tulsa (Ch. 78; Tulsa, Ok.); and Mediacom (Mason City, Iowa).

In addition, the BC vs. Niagara semifinal game will be carried live by Empire Sports Network (Buffalo, N.Y.) and WLVI (WB Ch. 56; Boston), and the Michigan vs. UNH matchup can also be seen live on Time Warner Cable (Ch. 77; Austin, Texas) and Comcast (Ch. 8, Detroit; and Ch. 70, Flint, Mich.). NESN will join the semifinals in progress at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday's games will also be broadcast by tape delay on Victory Sports (Minneapolis, Minn.) at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively, as well as Buckeye-Toledo (Ch. 8; Toledo, Ohio) at 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

The Northeast Regional final on March 28 (4 p.m.) will be broadcast live by 18 television stations. Of the aforementioned stations, only WMUR-TV, WLVI and Charter-St. Louis will not be carrying the final. In addition to the previously mentioned stations, Comcast will carry the game in Denver (Colo.), Portland (Oregon), Grand Rapids (Mich.), Lansing (Mich.) and Fort Wayne (Ind.). Four other stations will broadcast the game live: Adelphi (Ch. 32; Colorado Springs, Colo.); Cox Sports (New Orleans, La.); Insight (Ch. 2; Louisville, Kent.); and Time Warner (Ch. 6; Memphis, Tenn.).

Victory Sports will once again be showing the game by tape delay at 8 p.m., and Comcast Sports Southeast (Atlanta, Ga.) will air the game March 29 at 12:30 p.m.

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