UMass Lowell faces Providence in HEA semifinals. (Photo/John Corneau/Mill City Sports) UMass Lowell UMass Lowell to face Providence College in Hockey East semifinals UMLTD
UMass Lowell faces Providence in HEA semifinals. (Photo/John Corneau/Mill City Sports)

LOWELL, Mass. — The No. 4 seeded UMass Lowell River Hawks will face No. 2 seed Providence College Friars in the Hockey East semifinals at the TD Garden on Friday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. eastern 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 the No. 5 seed Boston University Terriers at the Tsongas Center by scores of 3-2 and 5-0. The Providence College Friars (27-5-4, 16-3-3 HEA) earned its trip to the Garden with a series sweep of No. 7 seed Merrimack College Warriors 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 22 and a 3-1 home win on January 23 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 Eagles will square off with No. 6 seed Northeastern Huskies in the late game at 8:00 p.m. The winners of each game will face each other in the 32nd annual Hockey East Championship Game on Saturday, March 19 at TD Garden (7:00 p.m.) on NESN and NBCSN.

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.

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