Hockey East champion UMass-Lowell landed the No. 1 seed in the Northeast (Manchester, N.H.) region, while defending national champ Boston College is the No. 2 seed in the East (Providence) in the NCAA hockey tournament pairings announced Sunday night.
BC, hoping to become the first repeat champion since Denver in 2004-05, opens play against No. 3 Union on Saturday (9 p.m.). The Eagles are in the same region as Quinnipiac, the No. 1 overall seed.
UMass-Lowell will face No. 4 Wisconsin on Friday (4:30 p.m.). The other first-round game in Manchester pits No. 2 New Hampshire against No. 3 Denver.