There’s now just one weekend left in the Hockey East season and Boston College did what they had to do to put themselves in a position to lock up the #1 seed and the regular season title. BC’s wins over UMass and Maine on the road have them just one point away from clinching the top spot.
Here’s the updated table.
With 16 wins to NU’s 13, BC now holds the tiebreaker over NU, which is why 1 is the magic number - but BC would need 2 to clinch sole possession of the trophy, for whatever that’s worth.
BC, Providence and Northeastern are now locked in to the top 3 spots no matter what happens; if NU wins out in their series against struggling UNH, they will lock down at least 2nd place.
BU has the inside track to 4th or at least 5th; if they sweep Vermont at home, they’ll end with the 4 spot and host a quarterfinal. All they need is one point to avoid the octofinals round.
UConn doesn’t control their own destiny to hang on to the 5th spot - they will need some help from their maroon and gold friends against Maine. The UConn/Maine tiebreaker is up in the air too as they went 1-1 head to head and the wins advantage is not guaranteed for either.
Lowell still has a remote chance at a first round bye but realistically they will be hoping to just stop their tailspin against Merrimack and lock up home ice in the octofinals.
The bottom 4 - UVM, UMass, UNH and Merrimack - will all be jostling for the last home ice spot in the opening round.
All in all, it’s shaping up to be a competitive postseason - and BC is among the many teams relying on the Hockey East playoffs to have a chance to get into the NCAA field. Let’s hope BC can finish the regular season strong and clinch that top spot.