TOP-SEEDED MEN'S HOCKEY FACES OFF AGAINST MASSACHUSETTS IN HOCKEY EAST SEMFINALS (5 P.M.)
    DURHAM, N.H. – The Hockey East Association has announced that the No. 1 seed and fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team will face off against the No. 14 ranked and No. 4 seed University of Massachusetts in the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament on Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. No. 2 seed Boston College and No. 3 seed Boston University square off in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
    UNH has faced the Minutemen four times in the history of the Hockey East Tournament, including two times in the semifinals with both team winning one game apiece. UMass won the last meeting in the Hockey East semifinals on March 19, 2004 (2-5) and the ‘Cats recorded a 5-4 win on March 14, 2003 in the semifinals on their way to the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y.
    UNH has a 35-24-2 record in 61 all-time tournament games, which includes two tournament titles in 2002 and 2003. The Wildcats own a 6-6 all-time mark in the semifinal round and Coach Umile owns a 32-19-1 coaching record all-time in the Hockey East tournament.
    The Wildcats own a 25-9-2 overall record on the season and a 18-7-2 record in league play, which won them the 2007 regular-season title for the sixth time in the program’s history. Sophomore forward Trevor Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) leads the team in scoring with 42 points (20g, 22a) in 36 games, while junior goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.)  is coming off one of his finest weekends as a Wildcat posting back-to-back 42-save shutout efforts in the league quarterfinal series against Providence. Regan owns a 23-7-2 record in his third season at UNH with a 2.02 GAA and .936 save percentage.
    UMass won the season series vs. the Wildcats, 2-1 with the Minutemen winning the last meeting on Jan. 20 (0-3) at the Mullins Center. Massachusetts enters the game with a 20-11-5 overall mark and a 15-9-3 record in league play. They head into the semifinals on a six-game win streak, which is the second longest win steak in Division I hockey, which includes a two-game sweep of Maine this past weekend in the conference quarterfinal playoff round.
    UNH has recorded 11 straight 20-win seasons, while head coach Dick Umile owns a all-time record of 398-195-62 and he needs only two wins to become the eighth active head coach to post 400 career coaching wins.
    The game will be televised by the New England Sports Network and will be carried live on all of the UNH Sports Network stations.
    For tickets to the Hockey East Champiosnhips visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.hockeyeastonline.com on the internet or call 617-931-2000.     The ticket prices of $17/$28* in the balcony or $36/$37 per seat in the loge or premium seats include admission to both semifinal games.
    Winners of the semifinals will advance to the title game at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th, to determine the winner of the 2007 Lamoriello Trophy. Ticket prices will again be $17/$28* for balcony seats and $36/$37 per seat in the loge or premium seats. For both events, a $7 discount* on upper balcony seats will be available to groups of 15 or more people and to students with a valid ID from any Hockey East member institution.
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