The college conference landscape underwent massive change in the last 18 months, sparked by the normally reserved Big Ten's Jim Delany comment in late that super-charged the internet blogosphere into expansion-mania. Big East Commissioner John Marinatto hopes to reverse the image of the Big East being a "feeder-conference" for coaches and programs on their way to more elite surroundings. Huskies fans were happy to be at the Fiesta Bowl but the parity in the Big East doesn't produce an "elite" champion every year. With some of the largest TV markets within their footprint, the Big East conference has no lack of upside to accomplish that.
Boston University No. Boston College No. The semifinal double header will begin Friday with No.
The winners will move on to the championship game on Saturday at 7pm. TV outside of New England.
The Minutemen have appeared in one title contest falling to Maine, , in triple overtime in After claiming its first-ever regular season crown in program history, UMass swept New Hampshire 2OT, to win its first two Hockey East Tournament quarterfinal games since In three of the four years Massachusetts has advanced to the semifinals, the Minutemen have swept the quarterfinal series at home , Boston College is making its 25th trip to the final four in the Hockey East Tournament, the most of any school and matched only by Boston University.
All-time in the Hockey East Tournament, Boston College owns a mark against Massachusetts including four quarterfinal round sweeps. The teams have never met in the semifinals. The Terriers toppled UMass Lowell , , at the Tsongas Center in a three-game set, marking the first time the Terriers have won a quarterfinal road series since , while Northeastern took down the sixth-seed Maine Black Bears OT, on home ice.
In 12 prior meetings in the Hockey East Tournament, Boston University owns an record against Northeastern, most recently sweeping the Huskies in the quarterfinals.
Northeastern carries a mark in 10 trips to the semis, winning the Lamoriello Trophy in both years in which the Huskies advanced to the final , All-time, Boston University carries a mark in the semifinals, and a record in the title game.
Last season, BU won its ninth tournament crown in program history, shutting out Providence, , in the championship match.
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