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2018 Women's Hockey East Semifinal Pairs Set
16th Annual WHEA Tournament To Take Place At Matthews Arena, March 3-4
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16th Annual WHEA Tournament To Take Place At Matthews Arena, March 3-4

WAKEFIELD, MASS. - The Hockey East Association has announced the pairings for the semifinal round of the 2018 Women's Hockey East championship tournament. No. 1 Boston College and No. 7 UConn and No. 3 Maine and No. 4 Northeastern will square off at Matthews Arena, Saturday, March 3, in the 16th annual Women's Hockey East championship weekend. A full schedule can be found below.


2018 Women's Hockey East Ticket Information:

$10 Adult tickets (Available Online Here)

$5 Group orders will be accepted over the phone at 617-373-4700 (Groups of 10+ for same day)

$5 Youth (12 and under) and Seniors (60+) tickets will be available at the door


Hockey East regular-season champion and No. 1 Boston College (30-3-3/19-2-3 HEA) will take on No. 7 UConn (15-13-9, 7-11-6 HEA) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. This is the eighth straight season Boston College has moved onto the semifinals and the Eagles have advanced to the championship game each of the last four years, including winning the 2016 and 2017 WHEA Tournament titles. UConn moves onto the semifinal for the eighth time in program history and is the first seven-seed to advance to the semifinals in tournament history. The Huskies have never appeared in the championship contest. During the regular season, Boston College took a 1-0-2 record against UConn.

No. 3 Maine (19-13-5, 11-9-4 HEA) draws No. 4 Northeastern (17-16-3, 11-11-2 HEA) on March 3 at 4:30 p.m. The Black Bears skated to a 2-1-0 mark over Huskies in the season series. Maine earned its first two Women's Hockey East Tournament wins in program history to advance out of the quarterfinals and last appeared in the semifinals in 2006 when the tournament consisted of just four teams. Northeastern looks to return to the WHEA championship game for the second time in as many years, after skating in the 2017 title game. The Huskies have been in three championship contests in program history (2011, 2013, 2017) but has yet to lay claim to the Bertagna Trophy.

Fans can watch the second semifinal live on NESNplus on Saturday, March 3 beginning at 4:30 p.m. while the first semifinal game, taking place the same day at 1:30 p.m., will air on NESNplus on a tape delay at 10 p.m. The following day, Sunday, March 4, NESNplus will feature both semifinal games in two-hour reairs beginning at 9:30 a.m. The 2018 Women's Hockey East Championship will then air on NESNplus live at 1:30 p.m. and be shown twice on NESN as two-hour reairs.

Adult tickets to the Women's Hockey East championship are $10 and can be purchased online at Tickets.GoNU.com or by calling 617-373-4700. Tickets for groups of 10 or more for a single day will be $5 per person per day and group orders cam be placed over the phone at 617-373-4700.

Tickets for seniors (over 60), children (under 12) will be available only at Matthews Arena on the day of the games for $5 per day. Students from any of the nine institutions in the women's league will receive free admission with a valid student ID. One ticket for Saturday is good for both semifinal contests.

ABOUT THE WOMEN'S HOCKEY EAST ASSOCIATION: The Women's Hockey East Association is a nine-team, Division-I college hockey conference which began play in 2002-2003, with offices based in Wakefield, Mass. Member schools include Boston College, Boston University, University of Connecticut, University of Maine, Merrimack College, University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Providence College and University of Vermont. The league also sponsors an 11-team men's league which began play in 1984.

2018 Women's Hockey East Championship Schedule
Date Time Game TV Live/Replay
March 3 1:30 p.m. No. 1 Boston College vs. No. 7 UConn NESNplus Tape delayed at 10pm
March 3 4:30 p.m. No. 3 Maine vs. No. 4 Northeastern NESNplus Live
March 4 1:30 p.m. Championship Game NESNplus Live


2018 Women's Hockey East Championship Tickets On Sale Now
16th Season On Ice Culminates at Northeastern's Matthews Arena
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16th Season On Ice Culminates at Northeastern's Matthews Arena

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Tickets for the 2018 Women's Hockey East Championship weekend hosted at historic Matthews Arena are now on sale, Hockey East and Northeastern University announced today.

Fans can purchase adult tickets online at Tickets.GoNU.com for the semifinals on Saturday, March 3, and for the championship on Sunday, March 4 or by calling 617-373-4700.

Tickets for adults will be $10 for each day and can be ordered online or by phone. Groups of 10 or more for a single day will be $5 per person per day and group orders cam be placed over the phone at 617-373-4700.

Tickets for seniors (over 60), children (under 12) will be available only at Matthews Arena on the day of the games for $5 per day. Students from any of the nine institutions in the women's league will receive free admission with a valid student ID. One ticket for Saturday is good for both semifinal contests.

The league's 16th season will conclude at Northeastern's Matthews Arena on the weekend of March 3-4. Two semifinal contests, scheduled for 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., will take place on Saturday, March 3, before Sunday's championship contest, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.


Hockey East Women's Championship Friends and Family Room Block at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

(40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142)

Rooms available on Fri, 3/2/18 and/or Sat, 3/3/18. Rate: $169++/night.

Reservations need to be made before 5:00pm on Monday, 2/26, and can be made by calling 1-800-SONESTA (800-766-3782) and asking for the "Hockey East Women's Championship Friends and Family" room block. Or online by clicking here


NESN To Carry Women's Hockey East Championship Weekend
Semifinals and Title Game Can Be Seen on NESNplus
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Semifinals and Title Game Can Be Seen on NESNplus

WAKEFIELD, MASS. - Hockey East and the New England Sports Network (NESN) announced today that the Women's Hockey East Championship weekend, including both semifinal games and the title contest, will be aired on NESNplus, March 3-4, from Northeastern's Matthews Arena. It marks the first time all three games of the WHEA championship weekend will be shown on television. A full schedule can be found below.

"This is a terrific development for our women's championship weekend and I'd like to thank both NESN and Northeastern University for making this possible," said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. "Our women's programs feature some of the best female hockey players in the world, as evidenced by how many of our alumnae are playing in the Olympic Games this week on numerous rosters. This TV coverage will allow us to showcase the next batch of international standouts."

Fans can watch the second semifinal live on NESNplus on Saturday, March 3 beginning at 4:30 p.m. while the first semifinal game, taking place the same day at 1:30 p.m., will air on NESNplus on a tape delay at 10 p.m. The following day, Sunday, March 4, NESNplus will feature both semifinal games in two-hour reairs beginning at 9:30 a.m. The 2018 Women's Hockey East Championship will then air on NESNplus live at 1:30 p.m. and be shown twice on NESN as twohour reairs.

Adult tickets to the Women's Hockey East championship are $10 and can be purchased online at Tickets.GoNU.com or by calling 617-373-4700. Tickets for groups of 10 or more for a single day will be $5 per person per day and group orders cam be placed over the phone at 617-373-4700.

Tickets for seniors (over 60), children (under 12) will be available only at Matthews Arena on the day of the games for $5 per day. Students from any of the nine institutions in the women's league will receive free admission with a valid student ID. One ticket for Saturday is good for both semifinal contests.

Before taking to the ice at Matthews Arena, the four Hockey East semifinalists will navigate through the league's quarterfinal round during the previous weekend (Feb. 23-25). The top-eight teams in the league standings at the conclusion of the regular season will qualify for the 2018 Women's Hockey East Tournament and seeds No. 1-4 will host seeds No. 5-8 in a best-of-three quarterfinal series on campus sites.

2018 Women's Hockey East Championship TV Schedule
Date Time Game Channel Live/Replay
March 3 4:30pm Semifinal 2 NESNplus Live
March 3 10pm Semifinal 1 NESNplus Tape Delayed
March 4 9:30am Semifinal 1 NESNplus 2-hour reair
March 4 11:30am Semifinal 2 NESNplus 2-hour reair
March 4 1:30pm Championship NESNplus Live
March 5 12am Championship NESN 2-hour reair
March 6 3pm Championship NESN 2-hour reair


Northeastern to Host Women's Hockey East Championship

"No hockey facility in the country can match the history and tradition of Matthews Arena," said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. "I first played hockey in that building in 1964 and have a personal affection for the place. We are appreciative of Northeastern's eagerness to host this event."

"Northeastern is very excited to host Women's Hockey East Championship weekend," said Peter Roby, director of athletics and recreation at Northeastern. "Historic Matthews Arena is one of the iconic sporting venues in Boston, so it's fitting that the 16th Women's Hockey East Championship be decided here. We look forward to putting on a first-class event for both the teams and fans alike."

Information regarding ticket sales and surrounding events will be released at a future date.

The Women's Hockey East semifinals will be held on Saturday, March 3, with games tentatively slated for 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Single-admission tickets are valid for both Saturday contests. The winners of each semifinal will advance to the 16th annual Women's Hockey East Championship Game on Sunday, March 4, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Before taking to the ice at Matthews Arena, the four Hockey East semifinalists will navigate through the league's quarterfinal round during the previous weekend (Feb. 23-25). The top-eight teams in the league standings at the conclusion of the regular season will qualify for the 2018 Women's Hockey East Tournament and seeds No. 1-4 will host seeds No. 5-8 in a best-of-three quarterfinal series on campus sites.

ABOUT THE WOMEN'S HOCKEY EAST ASSOCIATION: The Women's Hockey East Association is a nine-team, Division-I college hockey conference which began play in 2002-2003, with offices based in Wakefield, Mass. Member schools include Boston College, Boston University, University of Connecticut, University of Maine, Merrimack College, University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Providence College and University of Vermont. The league also sponsors an 11-team men's league which began play in 1984.

ABOUT MATTHEWS ARENA: Matthews Arena is the world's oldest multi-purpose athletic building and the building that houses the world's oldest artificial ice sheet. The original home of the Boston Bruins, the Celtics and the Beanpot, the Arena has served as the center of Northeastern hockey since the program's inception in 1929. Perhaps more widely known as Boston Arena, Matthews Arena is home to Northeastern's men's and women's hockey teams, as well as the men's basketball team. The building is one of the bastions of the country's sporting history.

The old ice house that gave birth to the Boston Bruins, the Boston Olympics and the New England Whalers also was the cradle of high school and college hockey in Greater Boston. The hockey programs at Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Tufts and, of course, Northeastern all had their geneses at Matthews.

Tournaments that brighten New England winters such as the Beanpot and ECAC had their starts at the Arena, as did competitive figure skating. In 1994, Nancy Kerrigan graced the ice at Matthews with an entourage that included Paul Wylie and Scott Hamilton, continuing an 85-year tradition of figure skating that numbers Sonja Henie, Dick Button and Tenley Albright.

Today, the stately Victorian lobbies that welcomed the modest and the mighty for more than a century cater to the academic and athletic needs of Northeastern. Convocations and a large portion of the intramural docket are conducted at the Arena, whose walls once echoed with the podium entreaties of presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Past Arena dignitaries include Charles Linbergh, Amelia Earhardt, James Michael Curley, Reverend Billy Graham, Admiral Chester Nimitz and General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Structurally, the Arena has undergone numerous renovations – most recently in 2010 with a multi-million dollar renovation. A new roof, new locker rooms, new seats, new press box and a spectacular video scoreboard led the list of improvements.