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March 25, 2013

UMass Lowell earns top seed in Northeast

UMass Lowell (26-10-2) backed up its Hockey East regular-season title by winning the league tournament for the first time and now has earned the top seed in the Northeast Regional of the NCAA hockey tournament. The River Hawks play against Wisconsin in Manchester, N.H. on Friday. Denver faces New Hampshire in the other Northeast game.

Top-ranked Quinnipiac is the No. 1 overall seed despite a loss in its conference tournament semifinals.

Minnesota and Notre Dame are the No. 1 regional seeds in the 16-team field announced yesterday.

Quinnipiac (27-7-5), which lost to Brown 4-0 in the East Coast Athletic Conference semifinals, is the No. 1 seed in the East Regional and will play Canisius on Saturday in Providence, R.I. The other two teams playing in Providence are ECAC champion Union and defending national-champion Boston College.

Minnesota (26-8-5) is No. 1 in the West Regional and will play Yale on Friday in Grand Rapids, Mich. The winner will play either North Dakota or Niagara.

Notre Dame (25-12-3) claimed the top seed in the Midwest by beating Michigan 3-1 in the final Central Collegiate Hockey Association championship. The Irish head to Toledo, Ohio, to face St. Cloud State on Saturday. Miami (Ohio) and Minnesota State round out the field in the Midwest.

Five conference champions and 11 at-large teams make up the field. Among the teams not making the cut were Michigan, which had its run of 22-straight NCAA appearances end, and Hockey East runner-up Boston University.

— Associated Press

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