By Matt Williams
---- — The hockey hearts of Marblehead will be in Cincinnati next weekend.
They’ll be pulling for native son Jake Kulevich and the Colgate men’s hockey team, who earned an at-large bid to the NCAA hockey tournament and will be playing Ferris State in the Midwest Regional.
A freshman defenseman, Kulevich had an assist on the game-winning goal in double overtime Friday night as Colgate beat Quinnipiac in their conference playoff semifinals. The Raiders fell to Union in the ECAC championship Saturday night, but Friday’s win was enough to earn them an at-large bid to the 16-team NCAA tourney.
Locally, Boston College earned the No. 2 overall seed in the field and has the top spot in the Northeast Regional being played in Worcester. The Eagles will face Denver while Hockey East tournament champion UMass-Lowell is playing Minnesota State in the other Northeast Regional contest.
In the East Regional in Bridgeport, Conn, Union and ex-Malden Catholic standout Mike Vecchione are the top seed and face Vermont. The other East contest features last year’s national finalist, Quinnipiac, against Providence, which is making their first NCAA appearance since 2001.
No. 1 overall seed Minnesota is the top team in the West Regional in St. Paul, hosting Robert Morris. Hockey East newcomer Notre Dame is facing St. Cloud State there as well.
Kulevich, who has played in 37 of 38 games and has nine assists in his freshman season, skates alongside Colgate captain Spiro Goulakos on the Raiders top defensive pairing.