LIVE BLOG: #8 UMass Lowell vs. #3 Providence (Semifinals)

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The UMass Lowell River Hawks are ready to take on the Providence College Friars in a Hockey East semifinal game at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Puck drops at 5:00 p.m. eastern.

UMass Lowell currently sits at No. 8 in the USCHO.com and the USA Today polls. The River Hawks have been nationally ranked for 89 consecutive weeks. The River Hawks have been in the top-10 for 56 of those weeks.

Last weekend, UMass Lowell swept the Boston University Terriers in a best-of-three quarterfinals series at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. The River Hawks took the first game 3-2 and the second game 5-0.

This is the 112th meeting between the two schools and the third this season. Providence holds the edge in the all-time series, 54-46-11, but UMass Lowell has an edge in postseason play 6-3-1. The two teams split the regular season series, 1-1-0, each winning on home ice. UMass Lowell is 8-8-0 against Providence since Head Coaches Norm Bazin and Nate Leaman took over behind their respective benches.

Be sure to checkout our Hockey East weekly predictions for our best guess on who picks up wins this weekend. Predictions are made by members of the college hockey media from various publications.

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If UMass Lowell can survive Friday night’s contest, the River Hawks will face the winner of the later game between the Boston College Eagles and Northeastern Huskies. The Championship takes place on Saturday. A UMass Lowell loss will eliminate them from the Hockey East tournament and they will have to wait until Sunday to determine where they play in the NCAA tournament.

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