Frozen Fenway Hockey East doubleheader time change

(Photo/Justin Soderberg)

(Photo/Justin Soderberg)

Fenway Sports Management and Hockey East have announced earlier start times for the Saturday, January 11, hockey doubleheader at Fenway Park featuring UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern, and the University of Maine vs. Boston University. The two hockey games will now start at 2:15 and 5:45 p.m. eastern, respectively – 45 minutes earlier than originally scheduled.

The change was made to accommodate fans who would like to get home in time to watch the 8:15 p.m. Divisional Playoff game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

The UMass Lowell River Hawks were originally scheduled to drop the puck against the Northeastern University Huskies at 3:00 p.m. eastern, but will ready to do to battle 45 minutes earlier.

Following the end of the UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern game, Maine and Boston University will drop the puck at 5:45 p.m. eastern. However, last weekend’s Merrimack College vs. Providence College game ran longer than expected with ice repairs and overtime, so the start may also be delayed for the second game.

Last weekend, Merrimack College and Providence College skated to a 1-1 tie in the first game, while Boston College topped the newest member of Hockey East Notre Dame, 4-3, in the second game.

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UMass Lowell fans are encouraged to join us at the Cask ‘n Flagon in Boston, the Official River Hawk Fan Headquarters for Frozen Fenway. UMass Lowell and Bauer will be hosting a pre-game gathering, beginning at 12:00 noon (time may change due to game time change, but as of now remains the same), at the world-famous restaurant located just across the street from America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.

The first 500 fans at the Cask ‘n Flagon will receive River Hawk scarves, courtesy of Bauer, and fans can enjoy complimentary appetizers. Get ‘em while they’re hot!

Fenway Park gates are scheduled to open at 1:15 p.m.

Justin Soderberg has covered the UMass Lowell River Hawks and Hockey East for over two years. Soderberg also contributes to Boston Bruins coverage for Inside Hockey. Follow him on twitter: @JMSoderberg