Hockey East Tournament Championship preview: UMass Lowell, New Hampshire line charts

Both UMass Lowell and New Hampshire won on Friday night at TD Garden to secure a spot in Saturday's championship game.

After his team beat Providence Friday night, New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile, as well as star forward Kevin Goumas made it very clear what the objective was for the Wildcats: making it to the NCAA tournament. To get there, UNH knew going into the Hockey East tournament it would need a very strong showing, if not a championship to do so.

On Saturday night, New Hampshire will get a chance to secure a bid when it takes on UMass Lowell, as the River Hawks downed Notre Dame 4-0 in Friday night's first semifinal. Lowell is looking to defend its 2013 Hockey East championship, and the River Hawks are already a lock for the national tournament field of 16.

There might be more longterm on the line for New Hampshire, but Lowell is looking to become the second straight school in conference to repeat as champions after Boston College did it in 2011 and 2012. Here are your lines for tonight's contest.

New Hampshire

Nick Sorkin — Kevin Goumas — Matt Willows

Dalton Speelman — Grayson Downing — Tyler Kelleher

Casey Thrush — Kyle Smith — Jeff Silengo

Dan Correale — Max Gaudreault — Jay Camper

Eric Knodel — Brett Pesce

Matt Cleland — Dylan Maller

Harry Quast — Justin Agosta

Casey DeSmith

UMass Lowell

A.J. White — Joe Pendenza — Josh Holmstrom

Ryan McGrath — Michael Colantone — Derek Arnold

Shayne Thompson — Joe Gambardell — Terrence Wallin

Scott Wilson — Michael Fallon — Evan Campbell

Joe Houk — Zack Kamrass

Christian Folin — Michael Kapla

Dylan Zink — Jake Suter

Connor Hellebuyck

For updates on tonight's championship game, follow me on Twitter @ev_sporer.

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