UNH, the tourney No. 4 seed with an 11-8-0 league record, improved to 21-17-1 overall and 4-1-0 against Northeastern this season. NU, the fifth seed with a 10-8-2 record in Hockey East, ends the season at 19-13-4.
Casey DeSmith finished with 22 saves, including 11 in the first period. NU counterpart Clay Witt stopped 21 shots. Four Huskies recorded multiple points – Colt Saucerman (3a), Mike Szmatula (2g), Braden Pimm (2a) and Mike McMurtry (1g, 1a).
The last time UNH advanced to the Hockey East semifinals was 2011, when the second-seeded ‘Cats lost 4-1 to Merrimack College.
The Wildcats will take on the Providence College Friars on Friday.