The UMass Lowell River Hawks are set to take on the Yale Bulldays in a East Regional Semifinals game at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. eastern. Game will air live online at WatchESPN.com.
UMass Lowell currently sits at No. 8 in the USCHO.com and the USA Today polls. The River Hawks have been nationally ranked for 90 consecutive weeks. The stretch began when UMass Lowell appeared at No. 20 in the USCHO Poll on January 7, 2013. The River Hawks have been in the top-10 for 57 of those weeks.
Last weekend, UMass Lowell edged out the Providence College Friars in a triple-overtime thriller, 2-1, on Friday to advance to the Hockey East Championship. However, the River Hawks run for a third title in four years was thwarted when the Northeastern Huskies defeated Lowell, 3-2, in the finals.
This is only the 13th meeting between the two schools, in a series that dates back to 1982, and the first since the two met in the semifinal game of the 2013 Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. The River Hawks holds the edge in the all-time series, 8-4-0. The Bulldogs won the lone post season match up, 3-2 in overtime, in the national semifinal.
UMass Lowell is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Division I Championship Tournament and its 12th NCAA appearance all time. UMass Lowell has made just one visit to the Frozen Four; that was in 2013. The River Hawks have a 6-6-1 record in NCAA Division I Tournament play and a 17-9-1 record, including five Division II Tournament appearances. It is the fourth time in the five years since Norm Bazin was named to lead the River Hawk hockey program that the school has been invited to the national tournament. As a Division II program UMass Lowell captured the national title in 1979, 81 and 1982.
Since Norm Bazin took over behind the bench, UMass Lowell is 19-9-0 in the post season, including both the Hockey East and NCAA Tournament play. Bazin is 4-3-0 in the NCAA Tournament and 15-6-0 in the HEA Tournament. The River Hawks won the Hockey East Tournament in both 2013 and 2014 and reached the NCAA Frozen Four in 2013.
|DATES||Saturday, March 26|
|TIMES||7:30 p.m. ET|
|VENUE||Times Union Center|
|CITY/STATE||Albany, New York|
|LISTEN||ESPN New Hampshire / 980 WCAP|
|NOTES||East Regional Semifinals|
TALE OF THE TAPE
|UMASS LOWELL||2015-16 SEASON||YALE|
|8 / 8||USA TODAY / USCHO||11 / 12|
|3.08||GOALS PER GAME||2.71|
|1.82||GOALS AGAINST PER GAME||1.74|
|8.7||PENALTY MINUTES PER GAME||7.7|
|19.3%||POWER PLAY %||21.0%|
38gp (17-21-38) +17
|TOP FORWARD||Joe Snively
31gp (10-18-28) +6
37gp (10-13-23) +14
|TOP DEFENSEMAN||Mitch Witek
31gp (0-12-12) +11
37gp (23-9-5) .935 SV%
|TOP GOALIE||Alex Lyon
30gp (19-7-4) .938 SV%
With a win on Saturday, UMass Lowell will advance to the East Regional Finals against either the Quinnipiac Bobcats or RIT on Sunday evening.
PHOTO: John Corneau/Mill City Sports