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Lombardi scores winner for BC

Senior's first career hat trick gives Eagles Hockey East crown

Updated: March 21, 2010, 2:05 AM ET
By Brion O'Connor | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Maine started the season with a bonding exercise, climbing the state's tallest peak, 5,267-foot Mount Katahdin.

It was a harbinger for the season, as Maine faced a near-constant uphill battle, starting with low expectations (picked to finish eighth in Hockey East in the preseason polls) and continuing with a rash of injuries, and later suspensions, to key starters. But coach Tim Whitehead's squad persevered.

Ultimately, though, the one thing the Black Bears (19-17-3) couldn't ...

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