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Frozen Fenway 2012: UMass, UVM, UNH, UMaine Set To Play Despite Warm Weather

Frozen Fenway has long been awaited by fans and players alike, and tonight it takes front stage in Hockey East: UMass/UVM at 4 p.m. and UNH/UMaine at 7:30 p.m.

It's a mild 51 degrees in Boston right now, but that won't stop the event of the year for Hockey East, as the University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire and University of Maine-Orono will face off at Fenway Park, starting tonight at 4 p.m.

It's been a long haul for some teams, but tonight's game should provide a little excitement for everyone and put a spark back into all their seasons.

"It was pretty cool, it really hit me when we pulled up next to Fenway, that’s when I felt it most," UNH captain Damon Kipp said. "We got to walk in here and see all the baseball players on the wall and then you got to walk out and see the rink and that was the most excited I’ve been in a while. Going out on the ice its hard not to look up and imagine all the people that are going to be there tomorrow but we were glad to be here today and get ready tomorrow. It was fun."

Here's the schedule for today's games:

UVM Catamounts vs. UMass Minutemen, 4 p.m.
The last time these two teams met was back on November 22, and the Catamounts won 2-1 thanks to a couple of goals from freshman Kyle Reynolds. However, T.J Syner has stepped it up as of late and has 17 points in his last 19 contests.

UNH Wildcats vs. UMaine-Orono Black Bears, 7:30 p.m.
Main's Spencer Abbott was named NCAA's National Hockey Player of the month after putting up 15 points in the month of December. He will take on Umile's Wildcats , but without senior netminder Matt Di Girolamo. Umile went with Casey DeSmith instead of his veteran. UNH has lost their last four games and are hoping this game really puts them back on a winning track.