The bracket is set for the 29th annual Hockey East Tournament, starting with a best-of-three quarterfinal round on campus sites of the top four seeds next weekend.
With a 4-1 victory over Providence, UMass-Lowell wins the regular season title for the first time in program history. The River Hawks become the first non-Big Four member to take home the regular season title. The title also marks the first piece of non-holiday tournament hardware for UML during their time in Division I. Lowell will host Maine starting on Thursday night at Tsongas.
Raise your hand if you had UMass Lowell as the first non-Big Four program to take home the Hockey East regular season title.
Boston College (20-10-4, 15-9-3 Hockey East) earns the tournament's no. 2 seed, finishing a point behind Lowell. The Eagles will host the no. 7 seed Vermont Catamounts (11-17-6, 8-13-6 Hockey East) at Conte Forum in a rematch of this weekend's regular season series finale. BC won the regular season series 2-0-1, outscoring the Catamounts 15-7.
Despite its second-half slump, Boston University managed to finish as the no. 3 seed, two points back of Lowell for first. The Terriers will host no. 6 seed Merrimack at Agganis starting on Friday. Providence, which had a shot at the outright Hockey East regular season title, falls all the way to the no. 4 seed. The Friars will host the no. 5 seeded New Hampshire Wildcats at Schneider Arena.
No. 1 UMass Lowell vs. No. 8 Maine (Maine won regular season series 2-1-0)
No. 2 Boston College vs. No. 7 Vermont (BC won 2-0-1)
No. 3 Boston University vs. No. 6 Merrimack (BU won 3-0-0)
No. 4 Providence vs. No. 5 New Hampshire (PC won 2-0-1)
All quarterfinal games will by streamed live by Pack Network on www.hockeyeastonline.tv for $8.95 per game, with the exception of a game on NBC Sports Network Friday and NESN games on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, which will be announced later today. Watch nine of a possible 12 games by purchasing the tournament pass for $39.95 and watch all games simultaneously in the same web browser.
UPDATE: Boston College hockey on your television. Game one of the best-of-three game Hockey East men's quarterfinal series between Boston College and Vermont on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. will be televised by the NBC Sports Network, according to a joint announcement made by NBC Sports and the Hockey East Association on Sunday.
Tickets for the Hockey East quarterfinal series against Vermont are on sale now through bceagles.com. Ticket prices are $15 seats for the lower level and $10 in the upper level. Student tickets are $5 each or $10 for all three games.