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March 11, 2012
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2012 HOCKEY EAST TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS SET FOR TD GARDEN
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The 2012 Hockey East tournament moves onto to TD Garden in Boston next weekend

Wakefield, Mass. - Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna announced on Sunday night the pairings for the upcoming 2012 Hockey East tournament semifinal games on Friday, March 16th at the TD Garden in Boston.

No. 1 seed Boston College (27-10-1, 19-7-1 HEA) will face No. 7 seed Providence (14-19-4, 10-14-3 HEA) on Friday at 5pm. The Eagles swept the season series from the Friars, 3-0. BC owns a 6-3-0 all-time record vs. PC in the Hockey East Tournament and the teams have met once previously in the semifinals in 1989, a 6-5 Eagles' double overtime win. BC advanced with a two-game sweep over Massachusetts in quaterfinal play, while Providence won a three-game at UMass-Lowell.

No. 3 seed Boston University (23-13-1, 17-9-1 HEA) will meet No. 4 seed Maine (22-12-3, 15-10-2 HEA) in the late semifinal game at 8pm at the TD Garden. The Black Bears won the season series with BU, 2-1-0. The teams have split the 14 previous meetings in the Hockey East Tournament and the Black Bears have been victorious in all five previous meetings in semifinal play with the last meeting coming in 2010.

The Eagles, who are the defending champions of the tournament, have won a league-record 10 Hockey East Tournament titles, including three of the last four. The Friars make their first appearance in the semifinals since 2001. Providence is the first No. 7 seed in the history of the Hockey East Tournament to advance to the semifinal round. Boston College owns a 15-4 record in semifinal play and the game marks its league record 20th semifinal appearance. The Friars will be making their 12 appearance in the semifinals, owning a 4-7 all-time record.

The Terriers have won seven Hockey East Tournament Championships and Maine has won five tournament titles in the 27-year history of the tournament. Maine owns a 15-4 record in semifinal play, while the Terriers have posted 9-10 record in the semifinals all-time. The Terriers came off a grueling three-game series with UNH, as two games went to double overtime. Maine advanced with a 2-1 series victory against Merrimack in the quarterfinals.

The semifinal winners of each game will advance to the Hockey East Championship Game on Saturday, March 17th at 8 p.m. at the TD Garden. All three games will be televised live in HD regionally by the New England Sports Network and will be broadcast nationally by NBC Sport Network.

Tickets for the 2012 Hockey East Championship are still available at the TD Garden box office, by calling 1-800-745- 3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $17 and $25 for balcony seats and $30, 37 and $39 per seat in the loge and club sections. Student tickets (located in the upper balcony) are available for $10 when showing a valid student ID, either on campus or at the TD Garden Box Office. Groups of 15 or more are also eligible for a $5 discount on the $17 balcony seats. All discounted tickets must be purchased at the TD Garden Box Office. To take advantage of group discounted tickets contact Garden Group Sales Department at 617-624-1805 or groupsales@tdgarden.com.

Discounted tickets will not be available via phone or internet sales through Ticketmaster. Tickets will be available on the campuses beginning on Monday, March 12th.

The Hockey East Association is a 10-team Division I college men's hockey conference founded in 1984 and an eightteam Division I women's league which began play in 2002-03. The men's league has won seven NCAA championships in the past 19 years. Since 1999, Hockey East has won five NCAA Championships and have placed 18 teams in the Frozen Four, along with 45 teams in the NCAA Tournament.

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