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Hockey East playoff schedule

The Hockey East season ended on Saturday with UMass-Lowell capturing its first regular-season title. Of the conference’s 10 teams, only UMass and Northeastern didn’t earn playoff berths.

The first round of the playoffs feature teams in a best-of-three series.

The schedule:

First round

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All games at site of higher seed:

UMass-Lowell (1) vs. Maine (8)

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Thursday, March 14, 7

Friday, March 15, 7

Sunday, March 17, TBA (if necessary)

Boston College (2) vs. Vermont (7)

Friday, March 15, 7 (TV: NBCSN)

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Saturday, March 16, 7

Sunday, March 17, 4:30 (if necessary)

Boston University (3) vs. Merrimack (6)

Friday, March 15, 7:30

Saturday, March 16, 7

Sunday, March 17, TBA (if necessary)

Providence (4) vs. New Hampshire (5)

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Friday, March 15, 7

Saturday, March 16, 4 (TV: NESN)

Sunday, March 17, TBA (if necessary)

Semifinals

Friday, March 22 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at TD Garden

Final

Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at TD Garden