2014 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 2014 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was played between March 7 and March 22, 2014 at campus locations and at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The UMass Lowell River Hawks, the defending champions from the 2012–13 season, defeated New Hampshire 4-0 to repeat as champions and became the 7th team in league history to successfully defend their title. Sophomore goalie Conner Hellebuyck was named tournament MVP for his 30-save shutout in the championship match.

The tournament is the 30th in league history, as the conference entered its 30th year of existence. It was also the first tournament since 2004 that neither Boston College nor Boston University advanced to at least the semifinals, played at the TD Garden.

Format[edit]

With the addition of Notre Dame to Hockey East, the tournament was reformatted to include all eleven teams in the conference. With eleven being an uneven number, an unorthodox format was needed to achieve a tournament that allowed all eleven teams to participate. A fourth, Opening Round was added before the traditional Quarterfinals, which consists of single-elimination games between the 6-11 seeds hosted by the higher seed, with the 1-5 seeds earning a bye to the next round. The 4 and 5 seeds are guaranteed to play each other whereas the 1-3 seeds will play the winners of the 6-11 seed games, with the highest seeds hosting the lowest seeds remaining. The Quarterfinals–Finals are unchanged from the previous season, with the Quarterfinals consisting of a best-of-three series hosted by the higher seeds, while the Semifinals and Final are single games played at the TD Garden. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

This tournament format will only be used for the 2013-14 season, as the addition of the UConn Huskies to the conference in the 2014–15 season will bring the total number of teams in the league up to twelve, which allows for a more even, 12-team tournament format. It has not yet been determined if the tournament will keep the Single-elimination nature of the Opening Round with the 5-12 seeds playing while the 1-4 seeds earn a bye to the best-of-three Quarterfinals, or have all 12 teams play in a best-of-three Opening Round, with winners advancing to single-elimination Quarterfinals, however, there is an option for either method to be implemented.

Regular season standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

2013–14 Hockey East men's standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#3 Boston Collegedagger 20 16 2 2 34 75 40 37 26 7 4 150 84
#5 UMass Lowell* 20 11 6 3 25 54 43 37 23 10 4 103 72
#10 Providence 20 11 7 2 24 50 49 36 21 9 6 109 82
#18 New Hampshire 20 11 9 0 22 64 51 39 21 17 1 123 101
#19 Northeastern 20 10 8 2 22 52 51 37 19 14 4 117 103
Maine 20 9 8 3 21 59 48 35 16 15 4 102 83
#14 Vermont 20 10 10 0 20 49 48 37 20 14 3 103 84
#9 Notre Dame 20 9 9 2 20 43 40 38 23 13 2 117 78
Boston University 20 5 12 3 13 43 66 35 10 21 4 81 113
UMass 20 4 13 3 11 42 61 34 8 22 4 76 106
Merrimack 20 3 15 2 8 32 66 33 8 22 3 62 97
Championship: UMass Lowell
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; updated March 23, 2014

Bracket[edit]

Opening Round[edit]

On March 7–8 the 6-11 seeds will play in single-elimination games to advance to the best-of-three quarterfinals. Games will be hosted by the higher seeded teams.

Results:

March 7, 2014
7:05 pm
(10) UMass 1 – 2
(0–0, 1–1, 0–1)
(7) Vermont Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vermont
Attendance: 2823
March 8, 2014
7:05 pm
(9) Boston University 2 – 3
(0–1, 1–1, 1–1)
(8) Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Indiana
Attendance: 5022
March 8, 2014
7:05 pm
(11) Merrimack 0 – 2
(0–1, 0–0, 0–1)
(6) Maine Alfond Arena, Orono, Maine
Attendance: 3678

Quarterfinals–Final[edit]

  Quarterfinals
March 14–16
Semifinals
March 21
Championship
March 22
                               
  1  Boston College 2 4 2 2  UMass Lowell 4  
8  Notre Dame 7 2 4 8  Notre Dame 0  
  2  UMass Lowell 3 2 2
7  Vermont 2 3* 1     2  UMass Lowell 4
  4  New Hampshire 0
  3  Providence 3 4
6  Maine 1 2
  4  New Hampshire 1 4 5 3  Providence 1
5  Northeastern 0 5* 4 4  New Hampshire 3  

Note: * denotes overtime periods

Tournament awards[edit]

All-Tournament Team[1][edit]

* Tournament MVP(s)

Note: Hellebuyck became the first player in the 30 year history of the conference to win the award twice, let alone consecutively. He also became the first goaltender to record a shutout in two title games (winning in 2013-14 by a score of 4–0 and in 2012-13 by a score of 1–0), again let alone in consecutive title games. [2]

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