March 13, 2011

Men's Hockey to Play Fourth-Seeded Merrimack College in Hockey East Semifinals (Fri. - 8 p.m. - NESN); Tickets On Sale Now

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team advanced to the Hockey East semifinals by virtue of a Hockey East quarterfinal sweep of the University of Vermont on Saturday evening. The Wildcats will play fourth-seeded Merrimack College at TD Garden at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18.

New Hampshire will play the second of two semifinals, while top-seeded Boston College will play sixth-seeded Northeastern in the first semifinal at 5 p.m.

Wildcat fans are encouraged to visit the pre-game UNH Fan Headquarters at The Four's at 166 Canal Street in Boston, Mass.  UNH Athletics, the UNH Alumni Association, and the UNH Boston Alumni Chapter invite fans to wear their Wildcat gear and join fellow alumni and fans at the restaurant starting at 6 p.m.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please note, there is a no re-entry policy in the TD Garden, fans are advised to plan accordingly.

Tickets are now on sale at the Whittemore Center Arena Box Office at (603)862-4000, extension 5, during normal box office hours of Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through the TD Garden box office or online at Ticketmaster.com. UNH fans are asked to request the UNH section when ordering through the TD Garden Box Office.

Ticket pricing for the Hockey East semifinals (one ticket for both semifinals) and championship (8 p.m.) are as follows:

Loge Seating: $39.00
Balcony Seating: $25.00/$17.00*
*(available only through the TD Garden Box Office or Ticketmaster)
UNH Student Balcony seating: $10.00

UNH is 8-0 all-time vs. Merrimack in the Hockey East playoffs, all of which have come in quarterfinal play. Their last playoff meeting came in March of 2002. BC and Northeastern have met six times in the Hockey East tournament with the Eagles holding a 5-1 all-time record. The teams have met in the semifinals once previously in 1987, a 9-3 BC victory.

It marks the seventh appearance for Northeastern in the semifinal round, their first since 2009.

The winners of each game will advance to the Hockey East Championship Game on Saturday, March 19th at 7 p.m. at the TD Garden. All three games will be televised live in HD by the New England Sports Network with Saturday's Championship Game being shown on NESNplus. Tom Caron and Craig Janney will have the call from Causeway Street.

All UNH games will be broadcast on the UNH Wildcat Sports Radio Network with coverage beginning 30 minutes before the start time.

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