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Focused, hungry Huskies headed to NCAA tournament

The men's hockey team reacts to learning its seed and opponent in the NCAA tournament at a Selection Show watch event on Sunday. Photo by Jim Pierce/Northeastern University

For the second time in three seasons, the Northeastern men’s hockey team is headed to the NCAA tournament.

The No. 3 seed Huskies (23-9-5) will face No. 2 seed Michigan (20-14-3) on Saturday afternoon in the first round, and the team won’t have to travel far. The Huskies are seeded in the Northeast Regional, held in Worcester, Massachusetts. The game will begin at 4:30 p.m. and air on ESPNews.

The team gathered in the Varsity Club at Matthews Arena on Sunday to watch the NCAA Selection Show, and the players roared with excitement when Northeastern’s region and opponent were announced. Here are some reactions from some of the team members:

Feb. 6, 2017 - BOSTON, MA. -  Northeastern battles Harvard during the 2017 Beanpot Semifinals held at the TD Garden in Boston on Feb. 6, 2017. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Nolan Stevens

senior forward
“Obviously it’s a pretty exciting day. We’ve worked all year to make this happen and get this opportunity, and we were kind of hoping we’d be able to play close to home. It’s exciting we have a great matchup like Michigan. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
02/05/18 - BOSTON, MA. - Northeastern University battles Boston College in the 2018 Beanpot Semifinals held at the TD Garden in Boston on Feb. 5, 2018. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Adam Gaudette

junior forward
On playing in the NCAA tournament: “It gives us a little extra boost of energy. I think a lot of guys are excited, and I think it’s something special that we’ve got going on here.”
02/12/18 - BOSTON, MA. - Northeastern University battles Boston University in the 2018 Beanpot final held at the TD Garden in Boston on Feb. 12, 2018. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Cayden Primeau

freshman, goalie
“The team has a lot of confidence in each other. Going into games, we’re extremely confident in what we can do. Obviously coming up short in the Hockey East tournament is a bummer, but it just makes us hungry.”

Tickets are available via, and Northeastern students can also sign up for a bus ride to Worcester by visiting The bus ride is free of charge, but students must purchase a ticket to the game. The bus will depart from Chicken Lou’s two hours before puck drop on Saturday and return immediately following the Northeastern game.

The university is also planning a send-off Thursday when the team leaves campus for the tournament.

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