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For Huskies, much at stake this weekend

A lot is on the line for several Northeastern teams this weekend, as playoff tournaments get underway and regular seasons wrap up with matchups that will have major postseason implications.

On Friday night, the surging women’s hockey team (18-13-2)—which closed out the regular season with 11 wins in 12 games—will face off against the University of Connecticut at Matthews Arena in the first round of the Hockey East Tournament. The No. 3-seed Northeastern and No. 6-seed UConn will drop the puck at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to next weekend’s semifinal round at Kennedy Rink in Hyannis, Mass. Tickets start at $3. Northeastern has owned UConn in recent battles, having won their past 10 matchups, including two this season.

Meanwhile, the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team (18-10-4) this weekend can lock up a first-round bye and home ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Northeastern will face Boston University on the road on Friday night in a game airing on NESN and then at home at Matthews Arena on Saturday night at 7 p.m. With three points in these final two regular season games, the Huskies would clinch a first-round bye in the Hockey East tournament next weekend and home ice in the quarterfinal round the following weekend. Fans can get half-price tickets to Saturday night’s men’s hockey game by going to gonu.com/tickets and entering the coupon code “Huskies2”. Group tickets start at $6.

In addition to honoring the seniors on the men’s hockey team on Saturday night, Northeastern will also recognize its Olympians who shined in the Sochi Games. On hand will be silver medalist and women’s hockey star Kendall Coyne and alumnus and bobsled star Steve Langton, who won two bronze medals. Alumni Florence Schelling and Julia Marty also won bronze in Women’s Hockey for Team Switzerland.

On the hardcourt, the men’s basketball team (9-20, 6-9 CAA) will wrap up its regular season on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Matthews Arena against the Drexel Dragons. The Huskies hope to take momentum into next weekend’s CAA Tournament, the seeding for which will likely be impacted by the outcome of Saturday’s game. In their previous matchup with Drexel this season, the Huskies lost 93-88. Before tip-off, the team will honor its lone senior, Chris Avenant, a 6-foot-4-inch guard from California. Fans can get half-price tickets to Saturday afternoon’s men’s basketball game by going to gonu.com/tickets and entering the coupon code “Huskies1”.

The women’s basketball team will play the first of two home games to close out its regular season. The Huskies will face Delaware at Cabot Cage on Sunday at 2 p.m. Northeastern will host James Madison on Wednesday before heading into CAA Tournament play in mid March.

In other sports news, the postseason gets underway this weekend for Northeastern’s track and field team. The Huskies head to Boston University for the 2014 New England Championships, with 32 student-athletes expected to participate in the two-day event, which begins Friday at 10 a.m. At last year’s New England Championships, the men’s squads snagged a third-place team finish, while the women finished eighth overall.

The women’s swimming and diving team will also continue the Colonial Athletic Association Championship, which began on Wednesday and runs through Saturday. On the first day of competition, the Huskies set new school records in the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard free relay.