Hockey East announces format for men’s women’s postseason

Staff report, Hartford Courant
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Hockey East has announced on Wednesday a single-elimination format for the men’s and women’s postseason tournaments with each game being held at the higher-seeded team.

The league also announced that the tournament seedings will be determined by the newly established Hockey East Power Index [HEPI], a formula developed that “applies a number of objective factors to accurately rank each team after accounting for the nuances of the 2020-21 season,” according to the league.

In the current rankings released Wednesday, the UConn men (8-7-2) are fourth with 53.21 points. The Husky women (6-9-1) are seventh with 46.66. Boston College is currently No.1 in the men’s rankings, followed by Boston University and UMass. Northeastern tops the women’s rankings with Boston College and Vermont in the next two positions. Every team qualifies for the postseason this year.

Among the factors the HEPI considers are number of games played, wins and losses in regulation, overtime and shootouts, and a team’s home-and-away split.

The top five men’s seeds receive byes into the quarterfinals. The first round will consist of three opening-round games with seeds 6-11 on March 10. After reseeding the remaining teams, the quarterfinals will be held March 14, with semis on March 17 and the final on March 20.

The women’s tournament will begin with an opening round on Feb. 24 involving the bottom four teams. The top six seeds receive byes into the quarters on Feb. 28. The semis are March 3 and the final on March 6.

“As a coach, I am thankful to Hockey East for the effort they have put in to bring an element of equality and fairness to a year that has seen so much imbalance and difficulty,” UConn women’s coach Chris MacKenzie said in a Hockey East release. “The season has been hard on our student-athletes for many reasons, but using the [HEPI] to seed all league teams for the tournament will give our players the best possible experience.”