Weekly Release: Top Four Seeds Advance to Hockey East Semifinals For First Time Since 2013
UMass Lowell, Boston University, Boston College, Notre Dame Destined for TD Garden
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Co-Players of the Week Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson of Boston University and Austin Cangelosi of Boston College

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: The top four seeds in the Hockey East Tournament have advanced to the semifinal round, set for March 17 at 5pm and 8pm, at the TD Garden, for the first time since 2013. The games can be seen locally on NESN and streamed outside New England via ESPN3 ... #1 UMass Lowell (24-10-3/14-7-1 HEA) moves into the semifinals for the fifth straight season to meet #4 Notre Dame (21-10-5/12-6-4 HEA) for the third time in the four years Notre Dame has skated in Hockey Ea st. The River Hawks, who have appeared in the Hockey East Tourn ament title game for the last four years in a row, moved past #10 New Hamps hire in the lone three-game quarterfinal series, pumping in eigh t goals in the decisive Game 3. The Irish downed #5 Providence in straight gam es, 5-0 and 5-2, to move out of the quarterfinal round of postse ason play for the first time since 2014. That year, UMass Lowell knocked the I rish out of the semifinals, 4-0, en route to winning the first Ho ckey East Tournament title in program history. The River Hawks also won a thr ee-game quarterfinal series with Notre Dame in 2015 ... #2 Bosto n University (23-10-3/13-6-3 HEA) faces off with #3 Boston College (20-14-4/ 13-6-3 HEA) in the 23rd semifinal appearance for each school aft er the Terriers and Eagles both swept their quarterfinal series. Boston Universi ty claimed victory in two come-from-behind wins, downing #8 Nor theastern, 3-2, in overtime in Game 1 before earning a 3-2 triumph in regulatio n time in Game 2. The Eagles' offense exploded in two games ove r #6 Vermont, scoring 14 goals in two games to take 7-0 and 7-4 wins from the Catamounts. The two historic programs have not met in the play offs since the 2013 semifinals, a 6-3 Boston University win. The Eagles boast t he most Hockey East Tournament titles in league history, wearin g the crown 11 times in 16 trips to the championship game, while the Terriers eight championships in 11 appearances is the next highest total . All-time in the Hockey East postseason, Boston University owns a 9-3-0 record o ver Boston College, including a 3-1 mark in the semifinals.