Weekly Release: Boston College, Providence Secure Opening Round Bye
ND, BU, UML In Hunt for Bye; NU Locks Up Home Ice In Opening Round Series With No. 6 Seed
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Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Danny O'Regan of Boston University

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: Playoff positions began to come into focus last weekend, as Boston College and Providence secured opening round byes in the Hockey East playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Eagles clinched the bye with a sweep of league foe Vermont while the Friars twice downed Notre Dame to earn their spot in the quarterfinals. Both schools will host on-campus series March 11-13 ... Northeastern also clinched a playoff spot, as the Huskies ensured they will finish sixth in the league standings with a pair of wins over UConn last weekend. Northeastern will host the opening round series March 4-6 at Matthews Arena against the impending No. 11 seed ... With two byes locked down, three teams are still in the hunt for the final two byes. Boston University, UMass Lowell and Notre Dame are still in search of a bye into the quarterfinals but one of those three programs will fall to the fifth spot and host the No. 12 seed in the opening round ... An intriguing upcoming weekend will feature series between Boston College (14-1-5 HEA, first) and UMass Lowell (11-5-4 HEA, t-fourth) and Boston University (11-5-4 HEA, t-fourth) and Notre Dame (14-4-2 HEA, third). Boston College can secure the No. 1 overall seed with two more points while Notre Dame needs one point to clinch an opening round bye. UMass Lowell and Boston University are in a deadlock for fourth place and the final bye ... In the bottom half of the standings, Vermont, New Hampshire, Merrimack and Maine are in mathematical contention for the seventh slot, but each may finish as low as 11th in the final table. Vermont and Merrimack are poised to square off this weekend while New Hampshire and UConn will meet twice ... Massachusetts remains in position to claim a seed as high as No. 10 entering a weekend homeand- home series with Providence ... The Hockey East Tournament will culminate with the 32nd annual championship weekend to be held at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, March 18 and 19. For tickets to the championship and complete playoff information, visit HockeyEastOnline.com/HEAChamps