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Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Tourney scenarios abound
Bottom line: One weekend and two games remain in the regular season and the playoff possibilities in hotly contested Hockey East are still many.
UNH and Providence are a point behind fourth-place Maine, two points behind third-place Northeastern and three behind second-place UMass-Lowell.
The Wildcats can still finish as high as second in Hockey East or as low as seventh.
If the Wildcats win both games at Merrimack, the only way they will not get home ice is if Maine sweeps Providence.
Last year, the Wildcats finished in a three-way tie with Boston University and Providence and were the odd team out after tiebreakers.
The league schedule and tournament format were changed this year with Notre Dame becoming the 11th Hockey East team.
The top five teams in the final standings earn first-round byes. The teams in the sixth through eighth spots will play host to the teams from ninth to 11th in the single-game playoff.
Northeastern and BU play a home and home set and UMass-Lowell is at Vermont and those series may play a role in where the Wildcats end up in the standings as well.
THE UNH women’s basketball team gets another shot at America East power Albany this week as the regular season winds down.
Albany brings its 24-3 overall record, 14-0 mark in the league and 37-game winning streak against conference teams to Lundholm Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The league tournament will be held at Albany from March 7-10 and UNH would love to be facing Albany on its home court for a championship on Monday, March 10.
UNH ran its overall record to 18-9 and league mark to 12-2 with a 78-71 win over UMass-Lowell on Saturday at Lundholm.
Sophomore center Corinne Coia had a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds and senior guard Kelsey Hogan of Nashua scored 22 points for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats had won six straight games and was 4-0 in the league when it played at Albany on Jan. 23.
The Great Danes got off to a fast start and never let up and smacked UNH, 88-47, in that one.
THE men’s basketball team fell to 6-21 overall and 4-10 in America East with a 58-52 loss to UMass-Lowell on Saturday in the second game of a women’s-men’s doubleheader in Durham.
The Wildcats close out the regular season with games at Albany on Thursday night and at Maine on Sunday at 2.
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