Frozen Fenway twin bill start time moved up

Change made to avoid conflicting with Patriots' playoff game

Fenway Sports Management and Hockey East have moved the start time for Saturday's Frozen Fenway college hockey event 2 1/2 hours earlier, in consideration for the Patriots' NFL playoff game against the Texans.

The opener of the hockey doubleheader between the University of Maine and the University of Connecticut was originally scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at Fenway Park, but has been moved up to 1:30. That game will be followed by a matchup between the University of New Hampshire and Northeastern University at 5 p.m. The Fenway Park gates will open at noon.

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With the new start times, the second game will likely be wrapped up by the time the Patriots host the Texans at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., beginning at 8:15 p.m.

The opener between Maine and Connecticut will air on NESNplus, while the nightcap between New Hampshire and Northeastern will be broadcast on NESN.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.