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Live Blog: Hockey East Tournament Semifinals

The Hockey East semifinals are void of a Boston school for the first time in the 30-year history of the league.

UMass Lowell senior Joe Pendenza
UMass Lowell senior Joe Pendenza

BOSTON -- Welcome inside the TD Garden for the 30th annual Hockey East Championship. No. 2 UMass Lowell and No. 8 Notre Dame square off in the first semifinal before No. 3 Providence and No. 4 New Hampshire take the stage.

LIVE BLOG:

10:44 p.m. - New Hampshire will meet UMass Lowell in the Hockey East championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m.

10:40 p.m. - FINAL: UNH 3, Providence 1

10:35 p.m. - Timeout UNH.

10:34 p.m. - Jon Gillies came out for the extra attacker with just over two minutes to play. A few chances for PC, but best chance was at other end for UNH, but Wildcats couldn't put puck into empty net.

10:07 p.m. - Fourth line center Kevin Rooney cuts UNH lead to 3-1 as he slams one past Casey DeSmith. Play was made by nice forecheck from Drew Brown who crashed hard into end boards, but passed puck to Rooney from his knees.

10:04 p.m. - Third period is underway here at the TD Garden. Providence facing an uphill battle, down 3-0 to the underdogs from UNH.

9:49 p.m. - Barring a third period comeback it will be the third consecutive loss in the Hockey East semifinals for Providence College. Nate Leaman has led his team to the TD Garden in each of his first three seasons at the helm, but the Friars have yet to advance past the semifinals.

9:47 p.m. - Kevin Goumas scores his second of the night, and fifth in the last two games, as time expires in the second period. He set up Nick Sorkin on a two-on-one, but the shot went wide. Goumas retrieved puck in back of net and wrapped it around opposite side of where he did before. Back breaker for Providence as the Friars give up three goals in the middle period and trail 3-0 heading into the final period.

9:23 p.m. - At 7:05, Kevin Goumas scores his 18th goal of the season on a shorthanded wraparound goal. Providence tried one too many passes at other end. Goumas busted down right side and went around the back of net and Jon Gillies was slow getting over.

9:19 p.m. - Justin Agosta goes off for cross-checking at the 5:21 mark of the second period, giving Providence its first power play of the game. Friars have struggled on the PP all season, but were good in last four games against Maine.

9:14 p.m. - Second period is underway and New Hampshire gets its third power play of the night, but the Friars kill it. Scoreless with 17:10 to play in the second frame.

8:54 p.m. - Providence and New Hampshire are scoreless after one period. Not much action to report, but the Friars killed both penalties. UNH held 9-5 advantage in shots on goal in the period. This game more closely resembled how I thought the last game would go.

8:43 p.m. - New Hampshire has had two power plays here in the first period, but nothing too serious in the way of chances. Game is scoreless with 7:12 to play in first period.

8:23 p.m. - Providence and New Hampshire are underway.

8:10 p.m. - Line charts for tonight's second semifinal between Providence and UNH can be found here.

7:40 p.m. - UMass Lowell wins 4-0. Final scoring can be found here.

7:13 p.m.  - Lack of updates due to very little in the way of meaningful action here in the third period. UMass Lowell still holds 4-0 lead over Notre Dame with 5:19 to play in the first semifinal.

6:36 p.m. - The teams are heading to the locker room for the second intermission with UMass Lowell holding a 4-0 lead over Notre Dame.

6:25 p.m. - UMass Lowell defenseman Zack Kamrass keeps puck in at the blue line as he's coming on in a line change and moves down left side, faking slap shot before wristing one past Steven Summerhays. His third goal of the season, at 13:21 on the second period, gives River Hawks a 4-0 lead. Lowell appears to be well on its way to a second straight appearance in the Hockey East final.

6:21 p.m.  - UMass Lowell heads back to the power play, still up 3-0, as Eric Johnson goes off for interference. River Hawks leading Fighting Irish, 3-0, with 7:29 to play in 2nd period.

6:09 p.m. - Evan Campbell strikes right away on the power play, banging home a rebound past Steven Summerhays. UMass Lowell now leads 3-0 at the 3:25 mark of the second period. Goal was assisted by Josh Holmstrom and Christian Folin.

6:06 p.m. - UMass Lowell gets the first power play of the game as Notre Dame's David Gerths is sent to the box 3:16 into the 2nd period. Fighting Irish trail River Hawks, 2-0.

6:05 p.m. - We're back underway in the second period. Notre Dame senior goaltender Steven Summerhays just made a nice kick save to keep the UMass Lowell lead at 2-0.

5:53 p.m. - UMass Lowell leads 2-0 after one period on goals from Christian Folin and Derek Arnold. Read about it here.

5:34 p.m. - UMass Lowell senior forward Derek Arnold makes it 2-0 UMass Lowell. The Foxborough, Mass. native faked a pass at the blue line on a two-on-one before roofing a shot high glove side on Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays.

5:27 p.m.  - UMass Lowell sophomore defenseman Christian Folin gives the River Hawks a 1-0 lead at the 10:13 mark of the opening period. His point shot was re-directed off the skate of Notre Dame blue liner Kevin Lind. A.J. White picks up the lone assist on the goal.

5:20 p.m. - We've reached the first TV timeout here at the TD Garden. Notre Dame has had a few good scoring chances. The best, perhaps, coming from freshman Vince Hinostroza. Fighting Irish with territorial advantage over last few minutes. 12:43 to play in period one.

5:15 p.m.  - A little over three minutes into the game, UMass Lowell and Notre Dame are scoreless. Neither team has had any great opportunities to open the scoring.

5:02 p.m.  - The referees are taking the ice and puck drop should be at 5:10 p.m. ET.

4:50 p.m. - Line charts for this afternoon's first semifinal between Notre Dame and UMass Lowell have been posted here.

4:50 p.m. - UMass Lowell's second leading scorer and point-getter Adam Chapie is sidelined for today's game.

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