Days before their first-round matchup in the men's hockey NCAA Tournament, Notre Dame announced its withdrawal from the tournament due to positive COVID-19 tests.
The school made the announcement Thursday afternoon. There were multiple positive tests in the Tier I group, which includes coaches and players, and contact tracing led to the university to withdraw from the tournament. Notre Dame had seven consecutive days of testing leading up to their arrival in Albany on Wednesday.
The team was scheduled to play in the Albany Region against No. 1 seed Boston College on Saturday at the Times Union Center. The game will be ruled a no contest, similar to what happened with Oregon and Virginia Commonwealth in the men's basketball tournament.
“It’s an unfortunate situation and I feel for our guys, especially our seniors,” head coach Jeff Jackson said a statement. “With the multiple positives and subsequent contact tracing it became clear that for the safety of our team and the others in the tournament we could not proceed.”
Notre Dame players celebrate scoring against Penn State at the Compton Family Ice Arena on March 14, 2021. (Photo: Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune via USA TODAY NET)
The Fighting Irish last played on March 14, losing to Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. This year's NCAA Tournament was Notre Dame's fifth consecutive appearance after playing 28 regular-season games, tied for the most in the NCAA.
Notre Dame is the second team to withdrawal from the men's hockey NCAA Tournament after ECAC champion St. Lawrence did on Sunday.
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