Two teams remain in New England’s collegiate hockey ranks.
Hockey East will have multiple Frozen Four representatives for the first time since 2015 (and fifth since 2000) as UMass and Providence punched their tickets to Buffalo, N.Y., after taking care of regional business within regional borders. The Minutemen and Friars earned three of their four combined wins in shutout fashion.
American International was the talk of the college hockey world on Friday night after becoming the second team in as many years to upend top-seeded St. Cloud State in its first game of the tournament. The Atlantic Hockey champion Yellow Jackets advanced to the West Region title game, falling to Denver, while Quinnipiac also played for a Frozen Four berth in Allentown, Pa.
Harvard and Northeastern saw their seasons come to an end during opening-round action, suffering tough defeats in Manchester, N.H., and Providence, R.I., respectively. UMass and Providence earned their trips to the Frozen Four out of those same locations.