Hockey East: Providence sweeps Maine

The Hockey East playoffs continued Saturday, with the second game of four best-of-three quarterfinal series. Three of the four series will conclude with a winner-take-all Game 3 on Sunday.

Providence 4, Maine 2 -- Nick Saracino scored two goals to lead Providence College to a 4-2 win over Maine at home in Schneider Arena. Coupled with a 3-1 win Friday night, the No. 3 seed Friars swept the No. 6 seed Black Bears to advance to next weekend's semifinals.

Vermont 3, UMass Lowell 2 (OT) -- The visiting Catamounts escaped in overtime thanks to Mario Puskarich's goal 5:36 into the extra session, forcing a Game 3 after the River Hawks' 3-2 win Friday night. The teams will face off with a semifinal berth on the line at Lowell's Tsongas Center on Sunday at 4:30 p.m ET.

Northeastern 5, New Hampshire 4 (OT) -- The Huskies knotted up their series at UNH's Whittemore Center at one game apiece when Mike Szmatula netted the winner 3:39 into overtime to beat the Wildcats, 5-4. Game 3 takes place Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Boston College 4, Notre Dame 2 -- After a brutal 7-2 home loss Friday, No. 1 seed BC bounced back Saturday to defeat Notre Dame 4-2. Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and two assists, extending his point streak to 31 straight games. The Eagles and Fighting Irish face off Sunday at 4:30 p.m. to determine who will move on to the next round.

For more on each game, check out Hockey East Online.