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March 17, 2014

Lowell, UNH reach Hockey East semis

LOWELL, Mass. – The No. 8 ranked UMass Lowell men’s hockey team edged No. 15 Vermont in the decisive Game 3 Hockey East quarterfinal matchup Sunday afternoon at the Tsongas Center in front of a crowd of 2,513.

The No. 2 seed River Hawks advance to the Hockey East semifinals for the second consecutive season on Friday vs. the No. 8 seeded University of Notre Dame. Game time is 5pm from the TD Garden in Boston. The game will be televised live on NBCSN and NESN.

“It was a close game, special teams was a big part of it. I want to compliment Vermont on a terrific regular-season and playoff. I thought they were a great opponent and they gave us everything we could handle,” said UMass Lowell Head Coach Norm Bazin. “We are very thankful to come out on top and I thought this was our best game of the three in many different respects.

We won the special teams battle, they did get a power play goal, but we got a shorty and a power play goal. I thought our penalty kill was good tonight, we had a lot of urgency on the penalty kill and some good shot blocks.”

Sophomore goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (Commerce, Mich.) made 30 saves in his 15th win of the season, as the No. 1 star of the game. He made 11 saves in the opening period and 13 stops in the third period. Vermont’s netminder Brody Hoffman made 17 saves in the losing effort for Vermont.

UNH ADVANCES

DURHAM, N.H. – Kevin Goumas recorded four points, including his second career hat trick, to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to yesterday’s 5-4 victory against 14th-ranked Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center. UNH captures the best-of-three quarterfinal series, 2-1, to advance to the March 21 semifinals at TD Garden in Boston.

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