The final weekend of regular season Hockey East play is here. After missing the conference tournament last season, UConn men’s hockey clinched a spot in this year’s edition with last Friday’s victory over then-No. 8 UMass in an incredible comeback on Senior Night. This Friday, the Huskies are heading up to UMass Lowell to face the River Hawks in the season finale for both teams.
UConn owns sole possession of fourth place in Hockey East heading into the final weekend of play, which is good enough to host a quarterfinal at the XL Center and secure the Huskies’ best-ever finish in the conference. However, UConn can finish as high as third or as low as sixth in the standings, depending on how the weekend’s games shake out.
The Huskies own the tiebreaker against Boston University and Maine by virtue of winning the season series against each team, but lose the tiebreaker against UMass as the Minutemen finished 1-2-0 against Boston College, while UConn was 0-2-0.
Hockey East Standings
|Boston College||16-6-0||32||New Hampshire, @New Hampshire|
|Boston University||9-8-5||23||@Northeastern, Northeastern|
|Northeastern||10-11-1||21||Boston University, @Boston University|
|New Hampshire||9-11-2||20||@Boston College, Boston College|
UConn finishes third if...
UConn wins. The Huskies would host either Boston University, Maine, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Providence or UMass Lowell at the XL Center in a best-of-three quarterfinal March 13-15.
UConn finishes fourth if...
UConn ties. The Huskies would host either Boston University, Maine, Northeastern or Providence in the quarterfinals.
UConn loses AND Providence beats or ties Maine AND Northeastern takes one point against Boston University. That would leave the Huskies to host either Boston University, Maine, Northeastern or Providence in the quarters.
UConn finishes fifth if...
UConn loses AND Maine beats Providence AND Northeastern takes one point against Boston University. This would send the Huskies up to Orono, Maine, for the quarterfinals.
UConn loses AND Providence beats or ties Maine AND Boston University finishes 2-0-0 against Northeastern. That would mean the Huskies would head up to Boston to face the Terriers.
UConn finishes sixth if...
UConn loses AND Maine beats Providence AND Boston University finishes 2-0-0 against Northeastern AND UMass beats or ties Vermont. The Huskies would make another trip up to UMass Lowell for the quarterfinals if this scenario plays out.