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.
Three local squads competed in their conference’s tournament championship this afternoon and below are the highlights from each contest.
Cornell University 2, Harvard 1 – Jessica Campbell’s power play goal at 18:20 in the third lifted the Big Red past the Crimson in the ECAC Championship. With the win, Cornell earns an automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Division I tournament, while Harvard will await this evening’s announcement.
Harvard’s Hillary Crowe evened the score at 16:14 in the first, but that’d be the only strike the Crimson managed to produce. The Crimson finished with 19 shots and 29 face-off wins.
Emerance Maschmeyer turned away 32 of 34 shots between the pipes and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Boston University 5, Northeastern 2 – Jenelle Kohanchuk netted two third period goals, which included the game-winner at 12:36 as the Terriers defeated the Huskies and claimed their third consecutive Women’s Hockey East title.
BU will advance to their fourth straight NCAA tournament, while Northeastern will await this evening’s announcement.
Sarah Lefort and Isabel Menard helped the Terriers secure a two-goal lead before Northeastern sliced the deficit with a strike from Kendall Coyne in the second. BU answered with three additional tallies that secured the win.
BU’s Kerrin Sperry turned away 33 of 35 shots between the pipes and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.