Weekly Release: Quarterfinals Set to Begin This Weekend In 15th Annual Tournament
Merrimack Makes Playoff Debut at BC; NU, BU, PC Also Set to Host First Round
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Warrior Hockey Player of the Week Jonna Curtis of New Hampshire

AROUND HOCKEY EAST: The best-of-three quarterfinal round of the 2017 Women's Hockey East championship tournament begins Thursday (Feb. 23). No. 8 Merrimack makes its playoff debut in just its second season as a varsity program, traveling to No. 1 Boston College on Thursday. No. 2 Northeastern draws No. 7 UConn to Matthews Arena, while No. 3 Boston University welcomes No. 6 New Hampshire to Walter Brown Arena, home of the 2017 WHEA Championship. No. 4 Providence earns hosting duties for the first time since 2012, entertaining No. 5 Vermont at Schneider Arena ... This is the fourth straight season Boston College has earned the top seed and the Eagles have advanced to the championship game each of the last three years, including winning the 2016 WHEA Tournament title. Merrimack more than doubled their overall and conference win total from last season to earn a playoff berth ... Northeastern and UConn have met three times previously in the Women's Hockey East Tournament, all in the quarterfinal round. The most recent meeting between the Huskies and the Huskies came in 2014, as Northeastern advanced past UConn, 2-1. Last year, Northeastern and UConn both advanced to the semifinals ... Boston University seeks its sixth title in program history while New Hampshire looks for its fifth, and first since 2009. The programs have met three times previously in the playoffs, with BU holding a 2-1 series advantage, including a 1-0 record in the quarterfinals ... Providence took the season series with Vermont, 1-0-2, as the last two times the teams met ended in stalemates. The quarterfinal series will be the first playoff meeting between the two squads ... Tickets to the 15th annual Women's Hockey East championship weekend, set for March 4 and 5 at Boston University's Walter Brown Arena, are on sale now. To purchase tickets, please call TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit the Agganis Arena Box office.