For UMaine hockey the storyline is simple - win or season over. The Black Bears begin the Hockey East best-of-three quarterfinal round series tonight against Providence College.

Maine(16-13-4) is sitting #22 in the national PairWise rankings, the Friars(19-9-6) are #11.

Here are some of the numbers...

- Providence won the season series 2-0

- Maine and Providence 5-5 against each other in HE playoff games

- 18 of Maine's 33 games this year have been decided by a goal or less

- UM goalie Martin Ouellette GAA is 2.22...Friars Jon Gillies(S.Portland HS) is 2.22

 

QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE

Friday March 14

(8) Notre Dame at (1) Boston College

(6) Maine at (3) Providence

(5) Northeastern at (4) New Hampshire

(7) Vermont at (2) UMass Lowell

(7:15pm)

 

Saturday, March 15

(8) Notre Dame at (1) Boston College

(4:30pm; TV-NESN)

(7) Vermont at (2) UMass Lowell

(6) Maine at (3) Providence

(5) Northeastern at (4) New Hampshire

Sunday, March 16 (if necessary)

(8) Notre Dame at (1) Boston College

(4:30pm)

(7) Vermont at (2) UMass Lowell

(4:30pm)

(6) Maine at (3) Providence

(4:30pm)

(5) Northeastern at (4) New Hampshire

(4:30pm)

All game times are EST and are 7pm start

times unless otherwise noted.