BOSTON --- It will be the first Hockey East Tournament semifinals without a Boston team in the 30 year history of the league. The first semifinal will feature defending champion UMass Lowell taking on league newcomer Notre Dame.
The nightcap will be a battle between Providence and New Hampshire, two teams that clashed in last year's tournament quarterfinals. The Friars won that series in three games, and this marks the third season in a row that Providence has advanced to the TD Garden, a program first.
New Hampshire is the only team out of the four that likely needs to win two games this weekend to extend its season. The other three teams are a mere lock to make the NCAA Tournament.
No. 2 UMass Lowell
No. 3 Providence
No. 4 New Hampshire
No. 8 Notre Dame
|Location||Lowell, Mass.||Providence, RI||Durham, NH||South Bend, Ind.|
|Record||23-10-4 (11-6-3)||21-9-6 (11-7-2)||21-17-1 (11-9-0)||23-13-2 (9-9-2)|
|Past Hockey East tournament titles||2013||1985, 1996||2002, 2003|
|Season Series||W 1-0, W 3-1 vs. ND||L 2-3 (OT), W 4-2 vs. UNH||W 3-2 (OT), L 2-4 vs. PC||L 0-1, L 1-3 vs. UML|
|Head coach||Norm Bazin (UMass Lowell '94)||Nate Leaman (Cortland '97)||Dick Umile (UNH '72)||Jeff Jackson (Michigan State '78)|
|Captain||Josh Holmstrom||Shamanski/Hart||Eric Knodel||Jeff Costello|
|Leading scorer||Joe Pendenza (25)||Ross Mauermann (34)||Kevin Goumas (50)||T.J. Tynan (37)|
|Top goal scorer||Joe Pendenza (13)||Ross Mauermann (19)||Nick Sorkin (20)||Rust/Lucia (16)|
|Assists leader||Zack Kamrass (15)||Nick Saracino (17)||Kevin Goumas (33)||T.J. Tynan (29)|
|Starting goalie||Connor Hellebuyck (1.87/.938)||Jon Gillies (2.17/.930)||Casey DeSmith (2.39/.920)||Steven Summerhays (1.95/.928)|
|Goals per game||2.70 (4th)||2.50 (6th)||3.20 (2nd)||2.15 (T-8th)|
|Goals against||2.15 (3rd)||2.45 (6th)||2.55 (7th)||2.00 (T-1st)|
|Power play pct.||21.3 (3rd)||8.9 (11th)||24.0 (2nd)||12.4 (7th)|
|Penalty kill pct.||81.0 (10th)||84.3 (4th)||82.8 (6th)||83.5 (5th)|
|NHL Draft picks||3||5||2||11|
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