Southern Maine Men 8th Seed for NEHC Championship

Southern Maine Men 8th Seed for NEHC Championship
Huskies Face UMass Boston on Saturday (7 p.m.)

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine men's ice hockey team will be the eighth seed for the 2019 New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Men's Ice Hockey Championship Tournament that begins this coming Saturday (February 16).  The NEHC office announced the quarterfinal round pairings this morning.

            The Huskies will face off against the top-seeded regular-season champion, the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons, in a 7 p.m. game at UMB.  Southern Maine finished the regular season with a 5-17-3 overall mark and a 4-13-1 league record.  UMass Boston secured the top spot in the standings by defeating Babson College, 8-4, on the final day of the regular season.  The Beacons bring an 18-6-1 overall mark and a 14-3-1 league record into the quarterfinal round.  UMB swept the regular season series winning 6-2 in Boston on November 2 and 4-0 at USM on January 12.  This will be the third time that the two teams have faced each other in postseason play.

            The other three quarterfinal round games will feature second-seeded Norwich University (18-4-3; 13-4-1) hosting seventh-seeded Suffolk University (8-16-0; 5-13-0), sixth-seeded Skidmore College (13-9-3, 9-6-3) traveling to third-seed Babson (16-6-3; 11-4-3), and fourth-seeded Hobart College (17-6-2; 11-5-2) entertaining fifth seeded New England College (16-4-5; 9-4-5).  Hobart is the defending champion.

            The four quarterfinal round winners will advance to the semifinals on February 23.  The highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed in one game with the other two remaining teams facing off at the higher seed.

            The NEHC championship game will be played March 2 at the highest remaining seed.


2019 New England Hockey Conference Men's Championship Tournament

Quarterfinal Round, Saturday, February 16

Game 1

#8 Southern Maine at #1 UMass Boston


Game 2

#7 Suffolk at #2 Norwich


Game 3

#6 Skidmore at #3 Babson


Game 4

#5 New England College at #4 Hobart



Semifinal Round, Saturday, February 23

Game 5

Lowest Remaining Seed at the Highest Remaining Seed


Game 6

Remaining Two Seeds



Championship Game, Saturday, March 2

Game 7

Two Remaining Seeds at the Higher Seeded Team