Saturday, March 23, 2013
UMass-Lowell wins Hockey East
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BOSTON -- Derek Arnold scored with 8:41 left in the third period and UMass-Lowell held off Boston University 1-0 Saturday night to win its first Hockey East tournament championship and end Jack Parker's 40-year run as coach of the Terriers.
River Hawks freshman Connor Hellebuyck stopped 37 shots, including a flurry in the final minutes after BU pulled its goalie and tried frantically to send the game into overtime and prolong the storied career of its retiring coach.
"I didn't say I'd like it to end at the Garden or I'd like it to end in the national tournament," Parker said. "I've won games and I've won tournaments. I wanted this for my seniors, but it wasn't to be. I wasn't thinking, what would be the best scenario?"
Top-seeded UMass-Lowell (26-10-2) added to its Hockey East regular-season title by beating the third-seeded Terriers (21-16-2) for the fourth time this season. And for the first time in nine years, the league champion does not hail from either end of Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
"Coming from New England, growing up seeing BC and BU win every year, you didn't see Lowell in here too many times," Arnold said. "It's amazing right now and a remarkable accomplishment by the group of guys in that room."
Parker's outstanding career ends with an 897-472-115 record, one win shy of a 25th NCAA tournament appearance and a chance at his fourth national championship. While the River Hawks likely locked up a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs, the Terriers needed the conference's automatic bid to get in.
The 16-team field for the Division I hockey tournament will be announced Sunday, but the 11 at-large berths are determined by a mathematical formula rather than subjective reasoning by the selection committee. Boston University's sports information department acknowledged that a loss Saturday would leave the team short, and Parker said afterward he knew he had coached his last game.
BU fans chanted "Thank you, Parker!" before he headed off the ice for the final time.
Sean Maguire made 28 saves for the Terriers, who knocked off archrival and three-time defending champion Boston College 6-3 in the semifinals Friday night.
His only costly mistake came on a 3-on-2 when he got caught sprawled on the ice as Arnold swept behind the net for the game-winning goal. Maguire dived across the crease and stopped the puck at the goal line with his glove, but the rebound hit the paddle of his stick and bounced backward into the net.
That gave the River Hawks a measure of revenge four years in the making. UMass-Lowell lost to Boston University 1-0 in the 2009 Hockey East championship game, and the Terriers went on to win their most recent national title.
The previous team other than BC or BU to win the Hockey East tournament was Maine in 2004.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Max Novak scored twice and Union won its second straight ECAC hockey championship by beating Brown 3-1 on Saturday night.
Union (21-12-15) has won six straight games. The fourth-seeded Dutchmen earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, where they will attempt to make a second consecutive run to the Frozen Four.
Union scored the first two goals, the second on a snap shot by Novak that beat goalie Anthony Borelli from the high slot through traffic with 13 seconds remaining in the first period.
Novak scored again on a rebound in the second to make it 3-0.
Brown (16-14-6) got its lone goal on the power play in the second period when Dennis Robertson wristed a shot past Troy Grosenick, who made 31 saves. The seventh-seeded Bears were playing in their first conference championship game since 1993 after upsetting top-seeded Quinnipiac 4-0 on Friday.
Nic Kerdiles had a goal and an assist to help Wisconsin hang on to beat Colorado College 3-2 on Saturday night in the WCHA championship game, giving the Badgers the Broadmoor Trophy, their sixth consecutive victory and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
"We are where we are today because of those lessons that we learned," coach Mike Eaves said, referring to the 2-7-5 start his team endured.
Tyler Barnes scored with 17 seconds left in the first period to put fourth-seeded Wisconsin (22-12-7) on top, and the Badgers stayed ahead the entire evening to end the season for the Tigers (18-19-5). Both teams needed to win to move on because their records aren't strong enough for an at-large spot in the 16-team field.
Colorado College, the eighth seed in the playoffs, also was riding all the March momentum it could muster to try to reach the NCAA tournament. The Tigers, also in their last weekend as a member of the league, won four in a row to get to the title game. But they ran out of steam in their sixth game in nine days.
When Wisconsin and Minnesota join the Big Ten later this year, Colorado College goes to the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference with fellow WCHA foes Denver, St. Cloud State, North Dakota, Nebraska Omaha and Minnesota Duluth.
"This is such a big-time tournament. I'm glad we were a part of it and represented ourselves and our school well," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "Nobody should be hanging their head."
DETROIT -- Peter Schneider and T.J. Tynan scored goals, and Notre Dame rallied past Ohio State 3-1 in the first semifinal of the CCHA tournament on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.
Ryan Dzingel gave the third-seeded Buckeyes a 1-0 lead with his 16th goal of the season in the first period, but the Irish, the No. 2 seed, rallied with a goal in each period. Jeff Costello sealed the victory for Notre Dame (24-12-3) with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Brady Hjelle made 41 saves for Ohio State (16-16-7) in the loss. Steven Summerhays made 16 stops for Notre Dame.
The Irish will play either Miami (Ohio) or Michigan in the league final Sunday. The winner will snag the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.