How to watch
Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 7 p.m. EST
Location: TD Garden, Boston
TV: NESN | Tom Caron (pxp), Billy Jaffe (color), Meredith Gorman (rinkside)
Stream: NESN.com | SportsLive (outside New England)
Radio: UConn Sports Network | Bob Joyce (pxp), Adam Giardino (color)
Twitter: @UConnMHOC | @GoNUmhockey | @DanielVConnolly
Record: 21-12-2 (14-8-2 Hockey East)
Location: Amherst, MA
Head coach: Greg Carvel
On the line
UConn and UMass will battle for the 37th Hockey East Tournament title on Saturday. To get to this point, the Huskies had to go through Boston University, the 2022 Beanpot champions, Northeastern, the Hockey East regular season champions, and now the Minutemen, the defending Hockey East Tournament and national champions.
UMass has already secured its spot in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 11 team in Pairwise. UConn needs to claim the automatic bid to make it into the 16-team field having already been eliminated from contention for an at-large bid as the No. 18 team in Pairwise.
UConn has won a single conference championship — the 2000 MAAC Tournament title. As a new Division I league, the Huskies did not receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that season. Prior to this season, UConn had not won a single Hockey East Playoff game.
UMass has two Hockey East titles — the 2019 regular season and 2021 tournament.
How they got here
UConn rode a strong first period to a 3-1 victory over 5-seed Boston University in the quarterfinals at the XL Center. On Friday, the Huskies took down top-seeded Northeastern thanks to three unanswered goals in the second and third periods.
Meanwhile, UMass needed just two points in its final regular season series against Boston College to win the league title. However, the Minutemen were swept, which allowed Northeastern to claim first.
In the postseason, UMass beat Providence 4-2 in the quarterfinals and moved past UMass Lowell in the semifinals with a 3-1 victory.
UConn and UMass split the season series. The Minutemen took home a 2-1 win at the XL Center on Feb. 18 but the Huskies gutted out a 4-2 win on the road the next night.
UConn Alumni is hosting a Husky Hangout at A&B Kitchen and Bar starting at 4:30 p.m.
Goals: 14 — Ryan Tverberg
Assists: 21 — Jachym Kondelik
Points: 33 — Jachym Kondelik
Blocks: 47 — Harrison Rees
+/-: +13 — Jachym Kondelik, Harrison Rees, Ryan Tverberg
Goals: 19 — Bobby Trivigno
Assists: 27 — Bobby Trivigno
Points: 46 — Bobby Trivigno
Blocks: 34 — Matthew Kessel
+/-: +24 — Bobby Trivigno
UConn — Darion Hanson
Goals against average: 2.25
Save percentage: .922
Saves per game: 26.5
Most goals allowed: 6 (Providence on Nov. 13)
UMass — Matt Murray
Goals against average: 2.31
Save percentage: .919
Saves per game: 25.6
Most goals allowed: 6 (Minnesota State on Oct. 3)
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