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March 9, 2013
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2013 HOCKEY EAST CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS SET FOR QUARTERFINAL ROUND
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UMass Lowell will be the top seed in the upcoming Hockey East Tournament

WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- The Hockey East Association announced the pairings for the upcoming 29th annual Hockey East Tournament on Saturday night, which begins next weekend with the best-of-three quarterfinal round on campus sites of the top four seeds.

All series will start on Friday, March 15 with the exception of UMass-Lowell vs. Maine matchup, which will start on Thursday night, March 14 due to a scheduling conflict at the Tsongas Center on Saturday. NBC Sports Network will broadcast a game on Friday, March 15 (7pm), while Saturday's NESN game drops the puck at 4pm and NESN's Sunday potential Game 3 will start at 4:30pm.

The Hockey East Regular-Season Champion and top seed UMass-Lowell River Hawks will entertain the University of Maine on Thursday night from the Tsongas Center. The Black Bears won the regular-season series, 2-1-0. Maine owns a 14-1 all-time vs. the River Hawks in the Hockey East playoffs, including a 9-1 record in the quarterfinal round. The River Hawks won their first Hockey East regularseason championship in school history on Saturday night with a 3-1 victory at Providence College.

No. 2 seed Boston College will play host to No. 7 seed Vermont at Conte Forum, beginning Friday night. The Eagles went 2-0-1 agains the Catamounts in the season series, which included a three-point weekend for BC in the final weekend of the regular-season. BC is 4-0 all-time vs. Vermont in the playoffs and 2-0 in the quarterfinal round. The two teams last met in the 2010 semifinals, a 3-0 shutout for the Eagles.

No. 3 seed Boston University will faceoff with No. 6 seed Merrimack at Agganis Arena, beginning on Friday night. The Terriers swept the season series vs. Merrimack. BU owns a 5-3 all-time mark vs. the Warriors in the Hockey East playoffs with all the meetings coming in the quarterfinal round. The teams last met in 2010, with BU winning a three-game set.

The No. 4 seeded Providence College Friars skate with No. 5 seed New Hampshire beginning on Friday night at Schneider Arena. The Friars host a quarterfinal series for the first time since 2003. Providence won the season matchup with the Wildcats, 2-0-1. UNH owns a 10-4 record vs. PC in all-time tournament play, which includes a 8-4 record in quarterfinal play. The teams last meet in the 2007 quarterfinals, a 2-0 UNH series sweep.

All quarterfinal games will by streamed live by Pack Network on www.hockeyeastonline.tv for $8.95 per game, with the exception of the NBC Sports Network game on Friday and the NESN games on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, which will be announced on Sunday. Watch nine of a possible 12 games by purchasing the tournament pass for $39.95 and watch all games simultaneously in the same web browser.

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