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Hockey East Semifinals Preview: By the Numbers

Matt Dewkett

There will be a new champion crowned at the Hockey East Championship this weekend. Defending Lamoriello Trophy champion Boston University was knocked out in the quarterfinals by UMass Lowell.

The River Hawks, winner of the Hockey East Tournament in 2013 and 2014, will face Providence College, the defending NCAA Champion, in the first semifinal Friday at 5 p.m. The two teams split the regular season series, each winning on home ice.

In the second semifinal Boston College, looking for its 10th Lamoriello Trophy during the Jerry York era, faces red hot Northeastern. The Eagles won the regular season series between the two clubs with a win and a tie.

Five Fun Facts

  • Boston College (11) has the most Hockey East Tournament Championships of any team in the league.
  • Out of the four semifinalists, Northeastern (1988) is the team with the longest drought since winning a Lamoriello Trophy.
  • UMass Lowell, the only state school in the semifinals, has the least amount of players (2) from Massachusetts.
  • Norm Bazin, Nate Leaman and Jim Madigan have all been at their respective schools for 5 seasons, combined seven years less than York has been at BC.
  • Nate Leaman is the only coach in the semifinals who isn't an alum of the school he's coaching. He played hockey at SUNY-Cortland.

Providence vs. UMass Lowell
5 p.m.

Providence UMass Lowell
Mascot Friars River Hawks
Seed No. 2 No. 4
Overall Record 27-5-4 23-8-5
HE Record 16-3-3 12-6-4
Pairwise Rank 4 8
Last 10 Games 10-0-0 6-3-1
Head Coach Nate Leaman (SUNY-Cortland '93)
Norm Bazin (UMass Lowell '94)
Record at School 106-63-23 (5th) 122-55-18 (5th)
Tom Parisi, Kevin Rooney
A.J. White/Michael Kapla
Goals Per Game 3.39 (2nd) 3.14 (T-5th)
Goals Against 1.86 (2nd) 1.81 (1st)
Power Play Pct. 20.5 (6th) 15.1 (9th)
Penalty Kill Pct. 84.4 (3rd) 86.0 (2nd)
Penalty Minutes 12.0 (4th) 8.9 (12th)
Leading Scorer (Pts.) Mark Jankowski (40) C.J. Smith (37)
Goals Leader Jankowski/Brandon Tanev (15) C.J. Smith (16)
Assists Leader Mark Jankowski (25) Joe Gambardella (25)
+/- Leader Mark Jankowski (+26)
Joe Gambardella (+18)
GWG Leader
Brandon Tanev (5)
McGrath/Chapie (3)
PPG Leader
Jake Walman (8)
Dylan Zink (5)
SHG Leader
Trevor Mingoia (2)
C.J. Smith (2)
Starting Goaltender Nick Ellis (.934)
Kevin Boyle (.934)
NHL Draft Picks
Lamoriello Trophies
2 (1985 and 1996)
2 (2013, 2014)

Boston College vs. Northeastern
8 p.m.

Boston College Northeastern
Mascot Eagles Huskies
Seed No.1 No.6
Overall Record 26-6-5 20-13-5
HE Record 15-2-5 10-8-4
Pairwise Rank 5
Last 10 Games 7-2-1 10-0-0
Head Coach
Jerry York (BC '67)
Jim Madigan (Northeastern '86)
Record at School 543-262-76 (22nd) 77-80-22 (5th)
Teddy Doherty
Kevin Roy
Goals Per Game 3.86 (1st) 3.26 (3rd)
Goals Against 1.92 (3rd) 2.45 (5th)
Power Play Pct. 20.8 (5th)
22.3 (2nd)
Penalty Kill Pct. 88.8 (1st) 79.4 (8th)
Penalty Minutes 14.9 (1st) 9.2 (11th)
Leading Scorer (Pts.) Ryan Fitzgerald (43) Zach Aston-Reese (40)
Goals Leader Ryan Fitzgerald (22)
Nolan Stevens (17)
Assists Leader Wood/Sanford (24)
Zach Aston-Reese (28)
+/- Leader Ian McCoshen (+30)
Zach Aston-Reese (+19)
GWG Leader
Fitzgerald/Gilmour (4)
Nolan Stevens (5)
PPG Leader
Doherty/Sanford (6)
Nolan Stevens (6)
SHG Leader
Ryan Fitzgerald (3)
Gaudette/Kurker (1)
Starting Goaltender Thatcher Demko (.938)
Ryan Ruck (.915)
NHL Draft Picks
Lamoriello Trophies
1 (1988)