Bazin said his team has high expectations and his players are ready for the pressure ahead.
“This is nothing new,’’ said Bazin. “I don’t think our kids are overwhelmed by this playoff race. We’re excited and, just like everybody else, we want to play it out and see if we can get something done here.’’
No. 5 UNH squares off against UMass Friday and Saturday. The Minutemen won the first meeting of the year in overtime Nov. 2. In seven career games against UMass, forward Kevin Goumas has 8 points, two of them goals . . . Northeastern hopes to have top-scoring forward Kevin Roy back for this weekend’s two-game series at Maine. Roy, a freshman who was the Beanpot MVP, injured his shoulder last Friday night and missed Saturday’s game against Providence. One of the Huskies’ best players of late has been sophomore defenseman Josh Manson, son of former NHLer Dave Manson. He has three goals in the last three games, the first tallies of his career . . . February was a productive month for UMass-Amherst junior forward Michael Pereira, who led all league players with 11 points, six of them goals, in seven games . . . The Hockey East women’s quarterfinals begin Friday. No. 2 BC hosts No. 7 Maine at Conte Forum Friday at 7 p.m. The other three quarterfinal series begin Saturday, with No. 1 BU hosting No. 8 UConn at Walter Brown Arena at 3 p.m., No. 3 Northeastern hosting No. 6 Vermont at Matthews Arena at 7 p.m., and No. 4 UNH hosting No. 5 Providence at the Whittemore Center at 1 p.m.
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