TVW drops the puck on Badger playoff hockey

1st round tournament game live 3:30 p.m. Friday

MADISON, Wis. - TVW will air live the first round 2013 NCAA men's hockey tournament game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the UMass-Lowell River Hawks. The game will air Friday, March 29, at 3:30 p.m.

The Badgers men's hockey team, coming off a 22-12-7 season that ended with a 3-2 victory over Colorado College in the WCHA championship game, have earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament.

The River Hawks of UMass-Lowell (26-10-2) finished their season as the champions of the Hockey East conference by beating Boston University in last Saturday's Hockey East championship game.

The River Hawks have a No. 1 seed and are the third overall No. 1 seed behind Quinnipiac and Minnesota.

Placed in the northeast region, the Wisconsin/UMass-Lowell match-up will take place Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.

If the Badgers win Friday, they would face either Denver or New Hampshire in a second-round that would take place Saturday at 5:30 p.m. That game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPNU.

The Badgers enter the national tournament as the 2013 WCHA Final Five champion, having won six straight games. The conference tournament title marked the program's 12th WCHA playoff crown, its first Broadmoor Trophy since 1998, and its first ever under head coach Mike Eaves.

"I think that every team in this tournament can beat any other team," Eaves said. "We've seen that all year in our league and playing in our non-conference games. Any team in this 16-team tournament can win. The issue for us is maintaining what we have and keep rolling."

Wisconsin has won six NCAA titles, including most recently in 2006. The Badgers also won titles in 1990, 1983, 1981, 1977, and 1973.

Top-ranked Quinnipiac is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA hockey tournament despite a loss in its conference tournament semifinals.

The rest of the 16-team tournament field includes Yale, North Dakota, Niagara, St. Cloud State, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota State, Canisius, Boston College, Union, and Notre Dame

The Frozen Four is in Pittsburgh.

For a tournament bracket, go here.

Friday's episodes of The Wendy Williams Show and Steve Harvey, preempted for hockey coverage, will be seen on TVW beginning Saturday at 12 noon.

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