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Storm causes changes in weekend schedules

The monster snowstorm due to hit New England has forced a number of postponements and cancellations of collegiate athletic events, including all four Hockey East men’s games scheduled for Friday night.

Third-ranked Boston College was to have hosted No. 16 UMass-Lowell; instead the game was pushed back to Feb. 26. That is also the makeup date for the rescheduled matchup between No. 20 Merrimack and No. 13 Boston University at Agganis Arena. Providence’s home game with fourth-ranked New Hampshire was delayed until Feb. 13, and Northeastern won’t travel to Amherst to take on UMass until Feb. 19.

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Merrimack’s home game against UMass on Saturday night is now scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m.

Three Atlantic Hockey men’s matchups Friday night were moved to Sunday afternoon: Sacred Heart at Holy Cross, Connecticut at Bentley, and AIC at Army. The latter two matchups will not have home-and-home series on Saturday.

In women’s hockey, fifth-ranked Harvard moved up its start time Friday against Yale to 1 p.m., and the Crimson’s home game against Brown Saturday was bumped back a day. Dartmouth made similar adjustments, shifting Friday’s start time against Brown to 5 p.m. and moving its game with visiting Yale from Saturday to Sunday.

Three women’s Hockey East games on Saturday were wiped out: No. 2 BC at Providence (now Feb. 19), New Hampshire at No. 3 BU (Feb. 20), and Northeastern at UConn (Feb. 19).

There are fewer changes to the weekend college basketball docket. Central Connecticut State, Bryant, and Bentley all rescheduled men’s and women’s home doubleheaders from Saturday to Sunday.

The Harvard (1 p.m.) and Dartmouth (5 p.m.) women’s teams moved up their tip times Friday, and Providence pushed back its start time Saturday against South Florida to 7:30 p.m.

The Boston University Valentine Invitational, a men’s and women’s indoor track and field event to be held Friday and Saturday, was canceled with no makeup date announced.

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All 12 MIAA sectional wrestling tournaments were postponed until Feb. 16, and the boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving sectionals this weekend at MIT were canceled and will not be rescheduled.

The Patriot League track championships was rescheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Hockomock gymnastics championship meet was postponed until Monday; it will start at 7:30 p.m. and be held at the Metro South Gymnastics Academy in Canton.

The boys’ basketball showdown between No. 6 Andover and No. 5 North Andover was pushed back from Friday night to Sunday at 6 p.m.

In girls’ basketball, No. 3 Braintree will host Needham on Monday at 7:15 p.m. instead of Friday night.

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The Providence Bruins rescheduled Friday’s home game against the Portland Pirates to Monday at 7:05 p.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Simulcasting at Suffolk Downs was canceled for Friday and Saturday.

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