Watching UMD defend it's National Championship in men's hockey won't be hard to do as ESPN has announced it will once again be carrying the entire tournament across its networks.

This marks the 15th consecutive year ESPN has carried the tournament, which begins Friday, March 29 and concludes with the Frozen Four National Championship game on Saturday, April 13.

ESPN coverage will also include Leah Hextall, who becomes the first woman to call a men's ice hockey championship.

Here is the broadcast schedule for the opening weekend of the tournament, which includes a crazy Saturday featuring six games.  All times listed are Central Standard Time:

Friday, March 29

  • 2 p.m. on ESPN2
    Northeast Regional Semifinal
    Harvard vs. No. 4 Massachusetts
  • 3 p.m. on ESPNU
    West Regional Semifinal
    Ohio State vs. Denver
  • 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU
    Northeast Regional Semifinal
    Notre Dame vs. Clarkson
  • 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3
    West Regional Semifinal
    #
    1 overall St. Cloud vs. American International College

Saturday, March 30

  • 12 p.m. on ESPNEWS
    East Regional Semifinal
    #3 Minnesota State vs. Providence
  • 3 p.m. on ESPNU
    Midwest Regional Semifinal
    #2 UMD Bulldogs vs. Bowling Green
  • 3:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS
    East Regional  Semifinal
    Cornell vs. Northeastern
  • 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU
    Northeast Regional Final
    *Teams TBD
  • 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3
    Midwest Regional Semifinal
    Arizona State vs. Quinnipiac
  • 8 p.m. on ESPNU
    West Regional Final
    *Teams TBD

Sunday, March 31

  • 3 p.m. on ESPN2
    East Regional Final
    *Teams TBD
  • 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU
    Midwest Regional Final
    *Teams TBD

ESPN will release details surrounding the Frozen Four following the regional finals.