RIVER HAWK HOCKEY TO FACE PROVIDENCE IN HOCKEY EAST SEMIFINALS ON FRIDAY (5PM)

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LOWELL, Mass. — The No. 4 seeded UMass Lowell Hockey team will face No. 2 seed Providence College in the Hockey East semifinals at the TD Garden on Friday, March 18th at 5 p.m. in Boston. The game will be shown regionally on New England Sports Network (NESN) and nationally on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).

UMass Lowell (23-8-5 overall, 12-6-4 HEA) advanced to the semifinals with a series sweep of No. 5 seed Boston University at the Tsongas Center by scores of 3-2 and 5-0. Providence College (27-5-4, 16-3-3 HEA) earned its trip to the Garden with a series sweep of No. 7 seed Merrimack College in the quarterfinals by 3-1 and 2-0 scores at Schneider Arena.

UMass Lowell split the season series against the Friars with a 4-2 loss at Providence on January 22nd and a 3-1 home win on January 23rd at the Tsongas Center.

This will be the River Hawks 17th appearance at the Hockey East Tournament Championship Weekend and the fourth consecutive year that they have played in the semifinals. The River Hawks are trying to become just the fourth team to earn a spot in the Championship Game in at least four straight seasons. UMass Lowell is 6-11-0 in semifinal matches and has won the last four that they have played in dating back to 2009. The River Hawks won the Lamoriello Trophy in both 2013 and 2014 and has a 39-44-3 all-time record in Hockey East Tournament play. UMass Lowell owns a 14-5 record in its last 19 Hockey East Tournament contests.

UMass Lowell and Providence College are meeting in the Hockey East playoffs for the seventh time and for only the second time in the semifinals. The River Hawks hold a 6-3-1 edge, which includes a 2-1 win in the 2013 semifinals. UMass Lowell went on to win its first Hockey East Tournament Championship with a win against Boston University the following day. The two teams have split four quarterfinal series. Providence won the most recent, in three games, in 2012. UMass Lowell won the only third place game meeting between the two clubs in 1986.

In the other semifinal, No. 1 seeded Boston College will square off with No. 6 seed Northeastern in the late game at 8 p.m. The winners of each game will face each other in the 32nd annual Hockey East Championship Game on Saturday, March 19th at TD Garden (7pm) on NESN and NBCSN.

UMass Lowell’s ticket allotment is in Sections 2 and Section 3 in the Loge and Section 302 in the Balcony. These tickets will be available first for season ticket holders, exclusively through end of business Monday through the Tsongas Center Box Office. An e-mail will go out for the general public to purchase seats in these sections on Tuesday, and the Box Office will be open for sales then as well. Saturday game tickets can be purchased individually via Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or in person at the TD Garden Box Office.

Student tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Tsongas Center Box Office beginning Tuesday morning at 10am. Students can purchase their ticket package, which includes tickets to both Friday and Saturday night, with a bus from Lowell to Boston and back Friday. Should the River Hawks advance to Saturday’s game, buses would be provided for Saturday as well. Bus departure time from Fox Hall will be dependent on the River Hawks game slot. Please note that the buses will leave the TD Garden a half hour after the conclusion of the UMass Lowell game.

All fans are encouraged to join the River Hawks at The Harp, the Official Pre-Game Headquarters for UMass Lowell in Boston. Join us before Friday’s game at for food, drink and fun on Causeway Street in Boston.

JOIN CHRISTIAN ARCAND AND PETE SHEPPARD AT THE HARP IN BOSTON AS WELL FOR A SPECIAL EDITION OF ARCAND AND SHEPPARD ON MARCH 18TH FROM 3-4:30PM.Arcand And Sheppard

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