The new format for the Hockey East playoffs is set to begin in 2022 and will look similar to what fans witnessed earlier this year, which saw Northeastern University (women’s postseason champions) and UMass Amherst (men’s postseason champions) capture their respective tournament.
“This new format for the Hockey East Tournament gives all of our student-athletes the chance to compete for a championship, which is undoubtedly the most exciting part of the season,” Hockey East Commissioner Steve Metcalf said via today’s release from the conference. “Hockey East is the most competitive conference in college hockey, top to bottom, and this new format will highlight the importance of every game during the season for players and fans alike.”
The 2022 Hockey East women’s postseason tournament will feature all 10 teams for the first time in conference history — the tournament will begin next February 23, 2022, with a pair of opening-round contests, which will be hosted by the seventh and eighth seeds. A few weeks later, the men’s league will begin its postseason with a trio of opening-round tilts with the sixth, seventh, and eighth seed teams serving as the hosts.
In just two days, the Hobart men’s basketball team will tip-off against the University of Saint Joseph’s (Conn.) in the opening round of the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament. And the team’s head coach, Stefan Thompson, seems excited for his Statesmen to compete against Jim Calhoun‘s squad, which enters the national postseason riding an impressive 25-game winning streak.
Calhoun has never coached in the D-III Tournament but has plenty of experience coaching in the postseason with both Northeastern University and the University of Connecticut. He won three national championships with the Huskies of UConn while guiding Northeastern to five March Madness appearances, including a pair of second-round contests in 1981 and 1982.
Last season, Calhoun and the Blue Jays came close to making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance but lost to Albertus Magnus in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament.
This season, the Blue Jays erased the memories of their 2019 conference tournament championship setback by beating the Falcons in the 2020 GNAC title game this past Sunday.
USJ, which is in its second season as a varsity program, only has one junior on its roster. A majority of the team is first-years and sophomores, who have turned the Blue and Gold into a team to watch over the past few weeks in both Connecticut and New England.
The winner of Friday’s match-up will advance to Saturday’s second-round against the winner of Springfield College and SUNY Canton.
Can you believe this weather? I may call in sick and head to the beach – it is going to be close to 60 degrees today, which makes me pretty happy!
Before you head out to soak in some Vitamin D, enjoy a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – it is the best way to start your day!
Boston heads to Tampa Bay for an important early week match-up
The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening for an important match-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is the first of two meetings this week – Tampa Bay will visit Boston on Saturday for an important contest.
Boston currently leads Tampa Bay in the standings by seven points so this would be an ideal night to pick up some more points with a win over a team the Black and Gold will most likely see in the postseason.
The Boston Celtics will attempt to erase the memories of last Saturday’s one-point setback to the Houston Rockets when they entertain the Brooklyn Nets, who enter tonight’s contest with a 26-33 overall record.
Tom Brady may not divorce the New England Patriots
We’re anxiously waiting to find out where Tom Brady will play next season. I think he will return to the New England Patriots. And I also think he is not ready to divorce a team that he has enjoyed so much success with over the past 20 seasons.
Boston College wins its 17th Hockey East regular-season crown
Boston College has won seven-straight contests and one of those wins (against rival Boston University) helped the men’s ice hockey team clinch its 17th Hockey East regular-season title. The Eagles will be at home for the quarterfinals, which begin next weekend.
This weekend, BC will play a home-and-home series with the University of New Hampshire.
The 18th Hockey East Women’s semifinals will take place this weekend
The 18th Hockey East Women’s semifinals will take place this Saturday, March 7th at Merrimack College with Maine and Northeastern University skating in the first game at 12 p.m. followed by New Hampshire vs. Connecticut in the second game at 3:30 p.m.
UMass welcomes Albany to Amherst for an afternoon clash
Fresh off an impressive three-goal (13-10) win over Yale University last Saturday, the UMass men’s lacrosse team will look to continue their momentum this afternoon when they host Albany for a 3 p.m. face-off.
UMass has won three of five contests this season, including two of their last three outings.
We’re two days away from the weekend – we are also two days away from celebrating love (Valentine’s Day), so make sure to pick up some chocolate and flowers for someone special either today or tomorrow.
The sun has officially returned to Boston (and the surrounding neighborhoods), so get outside today and soak in some Vitamin D!
Have a great day, everyone, and remember to smile, laugh, and eat something yummy today!
The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening – the Black and Gold will host the Montreal Canadiens with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Boston is looking to erase memories of a 3-1 setback a few days ago against the Detroit Red Wings.
Tonight, the Northeastern women’s ice hockey team will attempt to win their Beanpot Tournament against Boston University.
The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening – the Green and White are in Texas this evening to face the Houston Rockets with tip-off scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
Marcellus Wiley does not believe Tom Brady is the right fit for the Los Angeles Chargers. (NESN.com)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft hinted to a reporter at a 2020 Oscars party where he wants Tom Brady to play next fall. (NBC Sports Boston)
The Boston Red Sox, including Chaim Bloom, says they are not giving up on the upcoming 2020 season. (Boston Globe)
Northeastern may have won the 2020 Beanpot last night, but coaches and players on the Boston University men’s hockey team were not happy about the outcome. (Boston Globe)
Philip Rivers won’t be playing for the Chargers next fall, but he still wants to play. (ProFootballTalk.com)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre – yes, he also quarterbacked the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets – says he does not see a decline in Tom Brady, who will turn 43-years-old this summer.