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#1 Northeastern welcomes #8 Vermont to Matthews Arena for their first meeting in the Women's Hockey East Tournament since the 2013 quarterfinals
Women's Hockey East Quarterfinals Weekend Preview
News and notes from the upcoming weekend of Women's Hockey East action

#1 Northeastern vs. #8 Vermont

- #1 Northeastern (23-5-5, 21-3-3 HEA) welcomes #8 Vermont (10-18-6, 8-15- 4 HEA) to Matthews Arena for their first meeting in the Women's Hockey East Tournament since the 2013 quarterfinals that saw the Huskies advance on to the semifinals.

- This marks the first time that Northeastern has entered the postseason as the top ranked team since 2012. They will look to win their second straight Bertagna Trophy after defeating UConn, 2-1, in last year's tournament final at Matthews Arena.

- The Huskies swept the regular season series between the two teams, 3-0-0, putting up 11 goals against the Catamounts in the three contests.

- Northeastern has appeared in the championship game four times during their run in Hockey East, while Vermont has yet to make it past the semifinal round.

- Northeastern has advanced to the semifinals each year since 2011 .

- Vermont secured a spot in the playoffs on the season's final day, claiming a 2-2 tie at Maine to earn its seventh all-time playoff appearanc e


#2 Boston College vs. #7 UConn

- #2 Boston College (23-10-1, 19-7-1 HEA) plays host to #7 UConn (14-16-4, 9-14- 4 HEA) for just the fourth post-season meeting between the teams. The Eagles and Huskies faced off in last year's semifinals, with #7 UConn knocking off #1 Boston College 4-2 to advance on to their first appearance in the championship game since 2010.

- The Eagles boast an all-time 2-1 post-season record against the Huskies and carried a 3-0-0 regular season series mark this year.

- UConn begins the postseason as the seventh seed for the second straight year, seeking to win its first tournament title, while the Eagles are in search of their fourth.

- Last season, UConn advanced all the way to the championship gam e as the seven seed, the first team do achieve that feat in league history.


#3 Boston University vs. #6 New Hampshire

- #3 Boston University (19-7-8, 15-6-6 HEA) draws #6 New Hampshire (13-5-6, 10-14-3 HEA) for the fourth meeting between the two programs in the Women's Hockey East Tournament. This will be just the second time that two teams have met in the quarterfinals since the tournament made the switch to a best-of-three quarterfinal series.

- The Terriers took the regular season series between the two teams, holding a 2-0-1 advantage over the Wildcats heading into the quarterfinal round in 2018-19.

- In their last quarterfinal round meeting in 2017, New Hampshire won the first game, before Boston University came back to force game three and ultimately advance on championship game.

- All time, BU owns a 4-2 record against the Wildcats in the WHEA Tournament.

- New Hampshire looks to return to the semifinals for the first t ime since 2010.


#4 Providence vs. #5 Merrimack

- #4 Providence (22-10-2, 16-9-2 HEA) welcomes #5 Merrimack (16-11-7, 12-10-5 HEA) to Schneider Arena for the first meeting between the two programs in the Women's Hockey East Tournament.

- This marks just the second time in program history that the Warriors will participate in the post-season (2017.)

- The Friars seek to advance past the quarterfinals for the first time since 2013, while Merrimack looks for its first postseason win in program history.

- The regular season series between the two programs went to Providence, who posted a 2-0-1 record against the Warriors.

- Merrimack finished as the fifth seed, its highest-ever position in the final Army ROTC Hockey East Standings.

- If the Friars advance, they will play in their home rink as Schneider Arena hosts the 2019 WHEA Championship, March 9-10.