Lowell Sweeps Notre Dame
Quinnipiac's 13-game Unbeaten Streak Ends
CHN Staff Report
In what was one of the most highly-anticipated series of the weekend, Massachusetts-Lowell swept Notre Dame in the first-ever meeting between the two teams, now Hockey East rivals.
Lowell scored three power-play goals in Saturday's 3-1 win, just one day after earning a 1-0 shutout over the Irish.
Zack Kamrass and Michael Kapla scored off screen shots in the first period, and that held up the rest of the way, with Lowell adding a late empty netter.
“Tonight was very simiiar to Friday’s game,” said Irish head coach Jeff Jackson after Saturday's loss. “That’s what I expected. It was like a continuation. We didn’t seem to be in the right place at the right time for rebounds. We had chances, plenty of opportunities. We had plenty of shots over the two nights and only scored one goal.”
Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 40 shots in Friday's shutout. So Lowell coach Norm Bazin, who's been flip-flopping between him and Doug Carr, went back to Hellebuyck the second night, for another 34 saves.
“The way they played was what I saw on film," Jackson said of the River Hawks. "Lots of point shots and then trying to out number you down low.
“It’s a little challenging right now. We are missing our second and third line centers and that takes away our wingers ability to generate offense. I rotated three centers tonight and they get tired. I even rotated a few wingers in there to get them a break. That has a lot to do with our ability to generate offense. That will resolve itself over time.”
Steven Fogarty and Vince Hinostroza remain out for the Irish.
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Quinnipiac had its 13-game unbeaten streak snapped when it allowed three third-period goals to Princeton on Saturday in Hamden.
Quinnipiac had shut out the Tigers the night before, 3-0, and was up 3-1 through most of Saturday's rematch.
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Mike Santaguida made 39 saves for his first career shutout Sunday as Vermont defeated Massachusetts, 2-0, completing a home-and-home weekend sweep.
"I asked our team before the weekend, we needed to start making a move." Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "I thought this was an opportunity for us to do that. We liked what we saw in practice. We thought things were starting to click pretty well against Providence even though we didn't come away with a win. I like the way our team played."
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Sophomore goaltender Matt O'Connor's career-high 55 saves helped the Boston University men's ice hockey team earn a 3-3 tie with North Dakota on Saturday.
BU (6-6-1) led twice but needed a third-period goal from freshman Robbie Baillargeon to erase North Dakota's (4-6-2) lone lead of the contest. Twenty-four of O'Connor's 55 stops came in the third period.
The Terriers also received goals from senior Garrett Noonnan and freshman Nick Roberto. Sophomore Matt Lane had two assists and freshman Dalton MacAfee's assist on Baillargeon's marker was his first collegiate point.
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Cornell swept a weekend series with Brown and Yale, winning Saturday's game against the Bulldogs, 2-1, to snap their seven-game unbeaten streak.
Eric Freschi scored his first two goals in Cornell's win Friday over Brown. The Big Red then improved to 6-3-1 with Friday's win, behind goals from Brian Ferlin and Joel Lowry.
Yale is now 5-2-2.
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Providence responded to Friday's loss against New Hampshire with a 4-2 win at Schneider Arena, to improve to 10-2-1.
For the second straight night, the Friars fell behind, but this time got three second-period goals on the way to the win.
Friday, Providence trailed 2-0 after two and came out in the third period without star netminder Jon Gillies. The Friars rallied to tie, then lost 15 seconds into overtime when Matt Willows scored on backup goaltender Nick Ellis.
Gillies returned Saturday for the win.