1988 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament
|1988 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament|
|Dates||March 4–14, 1988|
|Finals site||Boston Garden
|Champions||Northeastern (1st title)|
|Winning coach||Fernie Flaman (1st title)|
|MVP||Bruce Racine (Northeastern)|
Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments
The 1988 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 4th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 3 and March 11, 1989. Quarterfinal and semifinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final game was played at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. This was the final year the Hockey East championship was decided at a home venue to one of its member teams (as of 2014). By winning the tournament, Northeastern received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 1988 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
- 1 Format
- 2 Conference Standings
- 3 Bracket
- 4 Tournament awards
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The tournament featured three rounds of play. The team that finishes in seventh place is ineligible for tournament play. In the quarterfinals, the third seed and sixth seeds, and the fourth seed and fifth seeds played a two-game series where the team that scored the most total goals was declared the winner and advanced to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the first seed and lowest remaining quarterfinalist and second seed and highest remaining quarterfinalist each play additional two-game series with the winners advancing to the single-elimination championship game. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 1988 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll
Teams are reseeded after the quarterfinals
Note: * denotes overtime period(s)
(3) Boston University vs. (6) Providence
|March 4||Boston University||2 – 3||Providence||Walter Brown Arena|
|March 5||Boston University||4 – 6||Providence||Walter Brown Arena|
|Providence won series 9–6|
(4) Lowell vs. (5) Boston College
|March 4||Lowell||3 – 3||Boston College||Tully Forum|
|March 5||Lowell||5 – 2||Boston College||Tully Forum|
|Lowell won series 8–5|
(1) Maine vs. (6) Providence
|March 8||Maine||6 – 5||Providence||Alfond Arena|
|March 9||Maine||11 – 2||Providence||Alfond Arena|
|Maine won series 17–7|
(2) Northeastern vs. (4) Lowell
|March 9||Northeastern||3 – 1||Lowell||Matthews Arena|
|March 10||Northeastern||1 – 2||Lowell||Matthews Arena|
|Northeastern won series 4–3|
(1) Maine vs. (2) Northeastern
|March 14||Maine||3 – 4||Northeastern||Boston Garden|
- F Mike McHugh (Maine)
- F Harry Mews (Northeastern)
- F Rico Rossi (Northeastern)
- F Mario Thyer (Maine)
- D Jack Capuano (Maine)
- D Brian Dowd (Northeastern)
- G Bruce Racine* (Northeastern)
- "Northeastern Men's Team History". Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "Fern Flaman Year-by-Year Coaching Record". Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "Hockey East Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "Hockey East Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.