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BU earns top seed for NCAA hockey tourney

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Boston University has been rewarded with the top overall seed for the 2009 NCAA hockey tournament.

The Terriers (31-6-4) will be the top seed in the Northeast Regional, while the other No. 1 seeds for the 16-team tournament are Notre Dame (31-5-3) in the Midwest, Denver (23-11-5) in the West and Michigan (29-11-0) in the East.

First-round games are set for next Friday and Saturday, with second-round action scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The regional winners will advance to the Frozen Four, to be played April 9 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. The championship game is slated for April 11.

Boston University will take on Ohio State next Saturday in Manchester, New Hampshire. The other first-round game in the Northeast Region will pit North Dakota against New Hampshire. Those winners will play for the regional title.

At the East Region on Friday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Michigan will face Air Force and Vermont will square off against Yale with the winners to play for the regional crown on Saturday.

Notre Dame will meet Bemidji State next Saturday in Grand Rapids, Michigan after Northeastern and Cornell open the Midwest Regional. The winners will play Sunday.

The West Region games will take place in Minneapolis on Friday, starting with Denver against Miami-Ohio and concluding with Minnesota-Duluth against Princeton. The winners will play on Saturday.

03/22 12:55:02 ET