Whether it be by television, radio, or even computer, University of Maine hockey fans will be tuning in or logging on to follow the Black Bears’ fortunes in the Frozen Four the next three days.
TV – Fans can watch both NCAA Tournament semifinal games on ESPN2 Thursday and the championship game on ESPN on Saturday.
Maine’s game against North Dakota starts Thursday at 2 p.m. while Boston College and St. Lawrence take the ice at 7 p.m. On Saturday, ESPN takes over exclusive coverage by broadcasting the 7:30 p.m. national championship game.
If you’re without cable or satellite television, or you can’t get away from the office, fear not. Live game coverage will also be available on the radio and Internet-accessible computers.
RADIO – Maine flagship and all-sports Bangor radio station WZON (620 AM) and UMaine station WMEB (91.9 FM) in Orono will both air Thursday’s Black Bears game – as well as Saturday night’s championship game, if Maine beats North Dakota – live.
In addition, seven stations have signed on to take WZON’s game broadcasts on Thursday and Saturday. The other Black Bear Frozen Four network stations are Madawaska’s WCXX (102.3 FM), Caribou’s WCXU (97.7 FM), and W276AY (103.1 FM) in Fort Kent, WHQO (107.9 FM) and WSKW (1160 AM) in Skowhegan, Madison’s WIGY (97.5 FM), and WJAB (1440 AM) in Westbrook.
INTERNET – If radio and TV are not viable options, Portland-based BroadcastSPORTS.com will provide exclusive Internet audio broadcasts of Maine-North Dakota game and Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game.
Mark Wood, senior vice-president of BroadcastSPORTS.com, said the logging on to listen to the games is fairly easy.
“Just type up the web address [log on] and click on the free RealPlayer G2 icon to get a free download [if you don’t already have a Realplayer audio program],” Wood explained. “If you already have it, you just click on the NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament icon and choose which station’s signal you want to listen to.”
Wood said the Boston College-St. Lawrence game at 7 p.m. will not be webcasted.
“Since we’re a Maine company, we naturally gravitated toward the Maine games and we already have radio affiliates in WZON and KZLT in North Dakota,” Wood explained. “Currently, we just don’t have a radio station affiliate signed up with us who handles B.C. or St. Lawrence.”
BroadcastSports.com, which has carried Maine and North Dakota games throughout this season, is a division of BroadcastAMERICA.com, the second largest streamer of live radio and TV news and the single largest source of talk radio programming in the world.
Pawtucket Sox on NESN
New England Sports Network begins its 12th season of live Pawtucket Red Sox coverage tonight with the first of 11 broadcasts from McCoy Stadium.
Former Boston Red Sox shortstop and third baseman Rico Petrocelli will handle analysis while Bob Rodgers does play-by-play as the Red Sox’ AAA affiliate hosts the Syracuse Sky Chiefs at 6 p.m.
Rodgers has been at NESN since 1987 as a writer, associate producer, and producer for NESN SportsDesk and has been pregame and in-studio host for NESN Boston Red Sox telecasts since 1993.
Petrocelli played 13 seasons for Boston (1963-1976) and managed Pawtucket in 1992.
HBO focuses on Bill Russell
HBO Sports will take an in-depth look at Boston Celtics star center Bill Russell in a documentary – Bill Russell: My Life, My Way – scheduled to air Monday, April 17 at 10 p.m.
The special will explore the life, philosophies, and principles of the NBA Hall of Famer and will feature rare footage, archival photos, and interviews.