MANCHESTER, N.H. — The UMass Lowell Hockey team is looking to get greedy.
With two trophies under their belt, they would like a third; the biggest prize of all, a national championship.
“I’d like to have as much amnesia as I can and put the last few weeks behind me,” says UMass Lowell Hockey Coach Norm Bazin. “This is about winning two hockey games to get to Pittsburgh and that’s what we’re focused on today.”
The journey to Pittsburgh and college hockey’s Frozen Four begins in Manchester, New Hampshire at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Northeast Regional Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Top seed UMass Lowell (26-10-2) faces number four seed Wisconsin (22-12-7) Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Second seed New Hampshire (19-11-7), the region’s host school, battles third seed Denver (20-13-5) in the second regional semifinal at 8 p.m.
Friday’s winners will meet in the Northeast Regional final Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
For the River Hawks it is their second trip to the NCAA tournament in as many years and the first time they have gone in consecutive seasons since the program moved to Division I for the 1983-84 season.
It is their fifth tournament appearance as a Division I program and their tenth tournament all time. Three times, including last year, the team has been one win away from the Frozen Four.
In both 1994 and 1996, UMass Lowell defeated Michigan State in the tournament’s first game before exiting the second night. A year ago, the River Hawks ended Miami University’s season, 4-3 in overtime, in the opener before their own season came to an end at the hands of Union, 3-1.
UMass Lowell and Wisconsin met in the 1988 NCAA tournament. The Badgers prevailed in that two game-total goals series, 11-5 (7-1, 4-4.) The two teams have met only once, the following season, since then.