NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich men’s and women’s ice hockey teams have both earned the No. 1 seed for their respective Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East postseason tournaments.
Both squads will host quarterfinal round matchups on Saturday, Feb. 25 in a playoff hockey doubleheader at Kreitzberg Arena.
The women will host eighth-seeded Nichols at 3 p.m. with the men taking on the No. 8 seed University of New England as well in the night cap at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the men’s quarterfinal game are $6 for adults and $3 for students, while for the women’s game they are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Per ECAC regulations, the arena will be cleared between games and there will be a separate admission for the two contests.
With a win by both teams, Norwich University and Kreitzberg Arena would earn the right to host both ECAC East final fours the following weekend from Friday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 4th.
The Norwich women (22-2-1, 17-0-1 ECAC East) just completed their second straight unbeaten conference regular season with wins over Salve Regina (6-0) and Division I Holy Cross (2-0). Their league regular season unbeaten streak is now up to 39 straight games.
The Cadets beat Nichols 9-0 in the two teams’ lone meeting this year on Jan. 21 at Kreitzberg Arena.
This will mark the second straight season that the Norwich women will meet Nichols in the ECAC East Quarterfinals. Last year, NU won 8-0 on its way to winning its first national championship.
Nichols enters Saturday’s game with a 7-16-2 overall record and a 4-12-2 mark in ECAC East play. The Bison are 2-5-1 in their last eight games since playing Norwich.
The Norwich men (20-2-2, 15-2-1 ECAC East) enter the postseason after wrapping up their 14th straight ECAC East regular season title. The Cadets downed UMass-Boston 3-1 and tied Babson 4-4 to close out the regular season this past weekend.
This marks the third straight year that Norwich will take on the University of New England in the quarterfinals. NU won 10-2 last season and 8-1 in 2010. The Cadets have never lost to UNE.
UNE enters Saturday’s matchup coming off a 4-2 win over New England College which snapped a 12-game losing streak. They are 4-18-2 overall on the year and 2-16-0 in ECAC East play.
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