Weekly Release: Tirone Backbones New Hampshire Into Quarterfinals
Providence, Vermont, Northeastern All Move on in Hockey East Tournament
Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Daniel Tirone of New Hampshire

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: #1 UMass Lowell welcomes #10 New Hampshire in a best-of-three quarterfinal set after the Wildcats claimed victory over #7 Merrimack in a three-game opening round series. The River Hawks earned the top seed in the Hockey East Tournament after finishing the regular season as Hockey East tri-champions. During the regular season, UMass Lowell swept New Hampshire, 2-0-0, by a combined score of 10-3. The programs are deadlocked all time in the Hockey East Tournament with a 5-5 record in 10 games played. They last clashed in the 2014 championship game, a 4-0 River Hawks victory ... #2 Boston University draws #8 Northeastern to Agganis Arena in the quarterfinals. The Terriers took the season series over the Huskies, 1-0-1. Northeastern advanced past #9 UConn in straight games of their opening round series, 3-1 and 6-2, while Boston University earned the number two seed and an opening-round bye after winning a share of the Hockey East regular season crown ... #3 Boston College earned a share of the regular season title for the second year in a row, earning a bye into the quarterfinal round. The Eagles are set for a date with #6 Vermont in the quarterfinals for the third straight season. In 2015, the Catamounts moved onto the semifinals while last year the Eagles advanced to the TD Garden after both series went to a decisive game three. The pair of programs played a late-season set in Chestnut Hill, skating to a stalemate in back-to-back contests on Feb. 17-18. All-time in the postseason, the Eagles are 9-3 against Vermont, including a 7-3 mark in the quarterfinals. Each of those three losses have come in the past two seasons ... #4 Notre Dame (19-10-5/12-6-4 HEA) will entertain #5 Providence in South Bend as the Irish look to advance into the semifinal round for the first time since 2014, their inaugural season in Hockey East. Notre Dame put a halt to Providence's nine-game winning streak on Feb. 17 before skating to a draw on Feb. 18 to take three of four points in league play. The Friars, who appeared in the 2017 Hockey East semifinals, advanced past #12 Massachusetts in the opening round, taking 3-0 and 5-1 victories. Notre Dame and Providence have never met in the Hockey East Tournament.