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BC close to wrapping up Hockey East regular-season title

Chestnut Hill, MA - 1/27/2018 - (1st period) Boston College Eagles defenseman Michael Kim (4) levels Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks forward Kenny Hausinger (10) with a open ice hit during the first period. Boston College hosts UMass-Lowell in Hockey East game at Conte Forum. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Frank Dell'Apa, Topic: 28UMassLowell-BC, LOID: 8.4.745588610.
Barry Chin/Globe Staff file
BC’s Michael Kim leveled UMass-Lowell’s Kenny Hausinger in a game earlier this season.

The race for the Hockey East regular-season title will come down to the final weekend of play, with three teams in contention for the crown.

Boston College (16-13-3, 16-6-0) is in the driver’s seat with 32 points and two games remaining. The Eagles close out the season by hosting Maine for a pair of games, needing just one point to clinch the title. The Black Bears have an outside shot at finishing fourth. The top five teams in the conference get a bye, with the top four receiving home-ice for the quarterfinals.

Providence (20-9-4, 13-6-4) sits just 2 points back, but only has one game left. The Friars close out the season Saturday night at UMass (13-17-2, 7-13-2).

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Northeastern (19-8-5, 13-6-3) is 3 points behind BC as it gets ready for a home-and-home series against New Hampshire (10-16-6, 5-12-5). The Huskies showed no signs of a Beanpot hangover last weekend with a sweep at Vermont.

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“We didn’t practice on that Tuesday, but when everyone came back on that Wednesday, there was really good focus,” NU coach Jim Madigan said on USCHO Live!. “I credit our seniors and our captains — Nolan Stevens, Dylan Sikura, and Garrett Cecere — for getting our guys reset.

“There was a major emphasis by us as a staff, that we have other goals that we set out at the beginning of the season, and those goals are still in front of us. They’re achievable, but we still have some work here to do.”

A sweep this weekend would give them a shot at the league crown, but UNH will be looking to finish up strong as coach Dick Umile closes out his career.

Boston University (16-13-3, 11-8-3) looks to hold on to the No.4 seed when it hosts Vermont (9-17-6, 6-11-5). The Terriers are 2 points ahead of Maine and UConn, with a game in hand on the Huskies from Storrs.

HOCKEY EASTconferenceoverallpoints
BC16-6-016-13-332
Providence13-6-420-9-430
Northeastern13-6-319-8-529
BU11-8-316-13-325
Maine10-9-316-12-423
UConn11-11-115-16-223
UMass Lowell10-12-016-16-020
Vermont6-11-59-17-617
UMass7-13-213-17-216
UNH5-12-510-16-615
Merrimack6-14-29-18-414

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Over in the ECAC, Harvard (13-10-4, 11-6-3) finishes up on the road at Brown (6-17-4, 5-14-1) and Yale (14-12-1, 9-10-1). The Crimson are in fourth place, 1 point behind Clarkson (19-8-5, 11-5-4) at third. By finishing fourth or higher, Harvard will get a bye for the first round and will host a quarterfinal matchup.

ECACconferenceoverallpoints
Cornell16-2-222-3-234
Union15-5-020-13-130
Clarkson11-5-419-8-526
Harvard11-6-313-10-425
Dartmouth10-9-112-13-221
Colgate9-9-213-14-520
Princeton9-10-112-12-319
Yale9-10-114-12-119
Quinnipiac8-10-213-15-418
Brown5-14-16-17-411
Rensselaer4-14-25-23-410
St. Lawrence3-16-17-23-27

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