Hockey East Tournament Picture: Little Drama With One Regular Season Game To Go

via bceagles.com

Eight teams were in action tonight. Three teams managed upset victories with only one team -- UMass-Lowell -- avoiding the upset bug.

Here are tonight's results:

Boston University 4, Northeastern 1
Merrimack 4, New Hampshire 2
UMass-Lowell 1, Vermont 0 (OT)
Providence 4, Maine 2

And here's a look at the league standings with one regular season game remaining:

Rk Team GP Record Pts. Max PS Remaining Opponents
1 Boston College 19 16-1-2 34 36 1 vs. ND
2 UMass Lowell 19 11-5-3 25 27 2 at UVM
3 Northeastern 19 10-7-2 22 24 3-5 vs. BU

Providence 19 10-7-2 22 24 3-6 at Maine
5 Maine 19 9-7-3 21 23 3-6 vs. PC
6 New Hampshire 19 10-9-0 20 22 4-7 at MC
7 Vermont 19 9-10-0 18 20 6-8 vs. UML

Notre Dame 19 8-9-2 18 20 7-8 at BC
9 Boston University 19 4-13-3 11 13 9 at NU

Massachusetts 20 4-13-3 11 11 10
11 Merrimack 19 3-14-2 8 10 11 vs. UNH

What we know:

-- Boston College and Lowell are now locked into the tournament's top two seeds. Boston University (#9), Massachusetts (#10) and Merrimack (#11) are also locked into their respective seeds. BU holds off UMass for the no. 9 seed by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker (1-0-1).

-- Two of Northeastern, Providence and Maine will earn the remaining two home ice spots in the quarterfinals. Northeastern has already clinched a spot in the Quarterfinals and will avoid playing in the #Octofinals next weekend. Two more clubs -- Providence, Maine and New Hampshire -- will also avoid the #Octofinals.

-- The big winner of the night was Providence, which jumped from sixth to a tie for third with Northeastern. A win tomorrow at Maine coupled with a Northeastern tie or loss would give the Friars the #3 seed heading into the tournament. Right now the Friars would have home ice for the Quarterfinal round in two weeks.

Here's how the Hockey East Tournament would look if the season ended today:

#Octofinals - Single Elimination (Campus sites; March 7-8, 2014)
#11 Merrimack at #6 New Hampshire (MC leads 1-0-0)
#10 Massachusetts at #7 Vermont (UVM leads 2-0-0)
#9 Boston University at #8 Notre Dame (ND leads 2-0-0)

Quarterfinal Round - Best-of-Three (Campus sites; March 14-16, 2014)
Lowest Remaining Seed at #1 Boston College
Second-Lowest Remaining Seed at #2 UMass Lowell
Highest Remaining Seed at #3 Northeastern
#5 Maine at #4 Providence (PC leads 1-0-0)

The full scenarios breakdown:

Boston College (34 points, vs. Notre Dame)

The Eagles will be the No. 1 seed.

UMass Lowell (25 points, at Vermont)

The River Hawks will be the No. 2 seed.

Northeastern (22 points, vs. Boston University)

The Huskies will be the No. 3 seed with a win.
The Huskies will be the No. 3 seed with a tie AND a Maine win or tie.
The Huskies will be the No. 4 seed with a tie AND a Providence win.
The Huskies will be the No. 4 seed with a loss AND a Providence win or tie OR a New Hampshire loss or tie.
The Huskies will be the No. 5 seed with a loss AND a Maine win AND a New Hampshire win.

Providence (22 points, at Maine)

The Friars will be the No. 3 seed with a win AND a Northeastern loss or tie.
The Friars will be the No. 3 seed with a tie AND a Northeastern loss.
The Friars will be the No. 4 seed with a win AND a Northeastern win.
The Friars will be the No. 4 seed with a tie AND a Northeastern win or tie. 
The Friars will be the No. 5 seed with a loss AND a New Hampshire loss or tie.
The Friars will be the No. 6 seed with a loss AND a New Hampshire win.

Maine (21 points, vs. Providence)

The Black Bears will be the No. 3 seed with a win AND a Northeastern loss.
The Black Bears will be the No. 4 seed with a win AND a Northeastern win or tie.
The Black Bears will be the No. 5 seed with a loss or tie AND a New Hampshire loss or tie.
The Black Bears will be the No. 6 seed with a tie AND a Northeastern loss AND a New Hampshire win.
The Black Bears will be the No. 6 seed with a loss AND a New Hampshire win.

New Hampshire (20 points, at Merrimack)

The Wildcats will be the No. 4 seed with a win AND a Northeastern loss AND a Providence loss.
The Wildcats will be the No. 5 seed with a win AND one point from either Northeastern or Providence.
The Wildcats will be the No. 6 seed with a tie.
The Wildcats will be the No. 6 seed with a loss AND a Vermont loss or tie.
The Wildcats will be the No. 7 seed with a loss AND a Vermont win.

Vermont (18 points, vs. UMass-Lowell)

The Catamounts will be the No. 6 seed with a win AND a New Hampshire loss.
The Catamounts will be the No. 7 seed with a tie AND a New Hampshire loss AND a Notre Dame loss or tie.
The Catamounts will be the No. 7 seed with a loss AND a New Hampshire loss AND a Notre Dame loss.
The Catamounts will be the No. 8 seed with a tie AND a New Hampshire loss AND a Notre Dame win.
The Catamounts will be the No. 8 seed with a loss AND a New Hampshire loss AND a Notre Dame tie.

Notre Dame (18 points, at Boston College)

The Fighting Irish will be the No. 7 seed with a win AND a New Hampshire loss AND a Vermont loss or tie.
The Fighting Irish will be the No. 7 seed with a tie AND a New Hampshire loss AND a Vermont loss.
The Fighting Irish will be the No. 8 seed with a win AND a New Hampshire loss AND a Vermont win.
The Fighting Irish will be the No. 8 seed with a tie AND a Vermont win or tie.
The Fighting Irish will be the No. 8 seed with a loss.

Boston University (11 points, at Northeastern)

The Terriers will be the No. 9 seed.

Massachusetts (11 points, idle)

The Minutemen will be the No. 10 seed.

Merrimack (8 points, vs. New Hampshire)

The Warriors will be the No. 11 seed.

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