DETROIT - APRIL 10: The Boston College Eagles celebrate after winning the 2010 NCAA hockey championship by defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 5-0 at the Frozen Four on April 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
It's March Madness, college hockey style. The Hockey East quarterfinals begin on Thursday, with Boston College entering the tournament with the league's number one seed.
The Hockey East tournament starts this week, pitting the league's top eight schools against each other in best-of-three game quarterfinal series starting Thursday, March 8th.
Match-ups were decided late Saturday night, with every game on the last day of the regular season having playoff implications. Boston College clinched the league's regular season title and number one seed with a 19-7-1 league record.
Here are the playoff match-ups and seedings:
- No. 8 UMass Amherst at No. 1 Boston College (Friday, 3/9 - 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 3/10 - 7 p.m., Sunday, 3/11 - 7 p.m. if necessary)
- No. 7 Providence College at No. 2 UMass Lowell (Thursday, 3/8 - 7 p.m., Friday, 3/9 7 p.m., Sunday, 3/11 - 4 p.m. if necessary) - Lowell's series starts a day earlier than the other three because of a Saturday scheduling conflict at the Tsongas Center, their home ice.
- No. 6 University of New Hampshire at No. 3 Boston University (Friday, 3/9 - 7 p.m., Saturday, 3/10 - 4 p.m., Sunday, 3/11 - 5 p.m. if necessary)
- No. 5 Merrimack at No. 4 University of Maine (Friday, 3/9 - 7 p.m., Saturday, 3/10 - 7 p.m., Sunday, 3/11 - 7 p.m. if necessary)
SBNation Boston will have previews and coverage of each quarterfinal series during the week.