NCAA Hockey Bracket 2012, East Regional: Union, Massachusetts-Lowell Could See Strong Fan Support In Bridgeport

The 2012 NCAA hockey tournament kicks off Friday, March 23, and the first game will feature the top seed in the East Regional. Union College is the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament, and they'll be the on-paper favorites to come out of the East, where games are being played at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.

  • No. 1 Union
  • No. 2 Miami
  • No. 3 Massachusetts-Lowell
  • No. 4 Michigan State

Union and Michigan State do battle at 3 p.m. ET March 23. The ECAC champion Dutchmen could have strong fan support, considering it's a less-than-three-hour drive from campus in Schenectady, N.Y., to Bridgeport. UMass-Lowell is in the same boat -- just two hours, 45 minutes away -- and could see substantial support in the crowd during their game against the Miami Redhawks. That game will be played at 6:30 p.m. March 23. Both can be seen on ESPNU.

The winners will do battle Saturday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m.

For more on the road to the Frozen Four in Tampa, stick with our 2012 NCAA hockey tournament StoryStream.

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