Apr 7, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston College Eagles forward Johnny Gaudreau (13) celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period of the finals of the 2012 Frozen Four at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Boston College defeated Ferris State 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Tournament: Boston College Hockey Gameday Morning: UMass-Lowell

#2 Boston College hockey will take to the ice again on Sunday, but this game means more than any they have played so far.

The Eagles’ opponents awaiting them are the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, Hockey East rivals. What’s at stake is a berth in the 2014 Frozen Four down in Philadelphia in two weeks. Whomever takes this game tonight is the winner of the Northeast Region. Notably, all four of Jerry York’s runs with the Eagles to a national title have started in Worcester.

In order to get where we are today, Boston College defeated Denver on Saturday in a 6-2 rout. Junior forward and presumptive Hobey Baker winner Johnny Gaudreau notched his first career hat trick as he and his linemates scored all six Eagles goals. Meanwhile, in the nightcap, UMass-Lowell beat the Mavericks of Minnesota State-Mankato, 2-1. Their goalie, Connor Hellebuyck, was a rock inside the net and will have to stay on top of his game to shut down the nation’s hottest offense.

Having played each other twice this season, the Eagles lead the season series over the River Hawks, 1-0-1.

One could say it doesn’t get much better than this, but if you get to watch Boston College hockey play in Philly in April, then it clearly does.

Boston College hockey gameday info is as follows:

Gametime
5:00pm Eastern

Television
ESPNU (Joe Davis, Billy Jaffe)

Radio
WEEI 850AM (John Rish, Andy Powers)

Morning Line
Boston College is probably the favorite, albeit slightly

Connect with Soaring to Glory During the Game
Live tweeting: @SoaringtoGlory (editor Joe reporting live from Section 108 of the DCU Center in Worcester)

Prepare also for an Instagram burst and for some YouTube videos after the game; links to follow.

Possible additional commentary from campus by @kylepegan and from the East Boston consulate by @Andrew_BC2012

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