A lot is on the line for sev­eral North­eastern teams this weekend, as playoff tour­na­ments get underway and reg­ular sea­sons wrap up with matchups that will have major post­season implications.

On Friday night, the surging women’s hockey team (18–13-2)—which closed out the reg­ular season with 11 wins in 12 games—will face off against the Uni­ver­sity of Con­necticut at Matthews Arena in the first round of the Hockey East Tour­na­ment. The No. 3-​​seed North­eastern and No. 6-​​seed UConn will drop the puck at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to next weekend’s semi­final round at Kennedy Rink in Hyannis, Mass. Tickets start at $3. North­eastern has owned UConn in recent bat­tles, having won their past 10 matchups, including two this season.

Mean­while, the ninth-​​ranked men’s hockey team (18–10-4) this weekend can lock up a first-​​round bye and home ice in the Hockey East quar­ter­fi­nals. North­eastern will face Boston Uni­ver­sity on the road on Friday night in a game airing on NESN and then at home at Matthews Arena on Sat­urday night at 7 p.m. With three points in these final two reg­ular season games, the Huskies would clinch a first-​​round bye in the Hockey East tour­na­ment next weekend and home ice in the quar­ter­final round the fol­lowing weekend. Fans can get half-​​price tickets to Sat­urday night’s men’s hockey game by going to gonu​.com/​t​i​c​k​ets and entering the coupon code “Huskies2”. Group tickets start at $6.

In addi­tion to hon­oring the seniors on the men’s hockey team on Sat­urday night, North­eastern will also rec­og­nize its Olympians who shined in the Sochi Games. On hand will be silver medalist and women’s hockey star Kendall Coyne and alumnus and bob­sled star Steve Langton, who won two bronze medals. Alumni Flo­rence Schelling and Julia Marty also won bronze in Women’s Hockey for Team Switzerland.

On the hard­court, the men’s bas­ket­ball team (9–20, 6–9 CAA) will wrap up its reg­ular season on Sat­urday at 1 p.m. at Matthews Arena against the Drexel Dragons. The Huskies hope to take momentum into next weekend’s CAA Tour­na­ment, the seeding for which will likely be impacted by the out­come of Saturday’s game. In their pre­vious matchup with Drexel this season, the Huskies lost 93–88. Before tip-​​off, the team will honor its lone senior, Chris Avenant, a 6-​​foot-​​4-​​inch guard from Cal­i­fornia. Fans can get half-​​price tickets to Sat­urday afternoon’s men’s bas­ket­ball game by going to gonu​.com/​t​i​c​k​ets and entering the coupon code “Huskies1”.

The women’s bas­ket­ball team will play the first of two home games to close out its reg­ular season. The Huskies will face Delaware at Cabot Cage on Sunday at 2 p.m. North­eastern will host James Madison on Wednesday before heading into CAA Tour­na­ment play in mid March.

In other sports news, the post­season gets underway this weekend for Northeastern’s track and field team. The Huskies head to Boston Uni­ver­sity for the 2014 New Eng­land Cham­pi­onships, with 32 student-​​athletes expected to par­tic­i­pate in the two-​​day event, which begins Friday at 10 a.m. At last year’s New Eng­land Cham­pi­onships, the men’s squads snagged a third-​​place team finish, while the women fin­ished eighth overall.

The women’s swim­ming and diving team will also con­tinue the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onship, which began on Wednesday and runs through Sat­urday. On the first day of com­pe­ti­tion, the Huskies set new school records in the 200-​​yard medley relay and the 800-​​yard free relay.