Boston, Mass. -- The 2015 Hockey East Tournament moves to the TD Garden this weekend for the semifinals and final. Boston University, UMass Lowell, Vermont and New Hampshire are the last four teams standing in the fight for the Lamoriello Trophy.
TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
Friday, March 20, 2015 and Saturday, March 21, 2015
|Semifinals - Friday|
|No. 4 UMass Lowell||vs.||No. 7 Vermont||5 p.m. ET|
|No. 1 Boston University||vs.||No. 8 New Hampshire||8 p.m. ET|
|Final - Saturday|
|UMass Lowell/Vermont Winner||vs.||Boston University/New Hampshire winner||7 p.m. ET|
Viewers in New England will be able to watch all three games live on New England Sports Network (NESN). Viewers outside the New England viewing region will be able to see all three games on NBC Sports Network.
Tickets for the 2015 Hockey East Tournament can be bought online at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or by purchase through the TD Garden Box Office. One ticket is good for both semifinal games on Friday.
There is no better spot for a sports fan to go before a game at the TD Garden than The Fours, located on 166 Canal Street just across Causeway Street from the arena. It has good quality food, a good selection of drinks and has a ton of Boston and regional sports memorabilia all over the place. It has a million televisions for viewing the other conference tournament games as well as the NCAA Basketball Tournament if that is what fits your fancy.
If you're coming from out of town, there are plenty of good spots to hit up during the day Saturday for food. Faneuil Hall has a variety of different places to eat quickly. Yes, it's a tourist trap, but many of the options are very good.
If you like seafood, Union Oyster Bar is a good bet for a traditional meal somewhat close to the TD Garden. If it's above 30 degrees and clear out Saturday, take a walk down to the Seaport District. There are some enclosed roof deck bars that offer good views, good seafood and decent, but expensive drinks.
If you're in the mood for Italian food, walk about 10 minutes from the TD Garden to the North End. There are many good options, some more expensive than others. Pompei offers late night walk-up fare including rice balls and slices of pizza. Some argue, this writer included, that there is no better pizza in Boston than Regina's.
If sweets are your thing, head to Mike's Pastry on Hanover Street and be prepared for long lines.
The TD Garden is located right above the MBTA commuter rail as well as the MBTA subway (rapid transit). Fans from outside the region looking to park outside of the city can do so at various stations. The green line and orange line both stop at North Station, located below the TD Garden. All northerly commuter rail trains come into North Station. Amtrak's Downeaster' has a stop at UNH and makes its final stop at North Station. Visit www.mbta.com for more information.
Parking is available below the TD Garden for a steep price of $43. Most other garages and outside lots in the immediate vicinity of the TD Garden are $20-30. If you are planning on arriving after 4 p.m., looking to save money and have the ability to walk, park in the Financial District. Many garages in the Financial District have parking for $12 or less after 4 p.m. and all day on weekends. One lot that is about a 10 minute walk from the TD Garden is Post Office Square Garage, located at Zero Post Officer Square in Boston.
Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.