UMass – Lowell Makes Hockey East History


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UMass – Lowell’s influential netminder CONNOR HELLEBUYCK (37) and Boston University left wing WADE MEGAN (18), the senior from Canton, New York, who was the fifth round choice (# 138 overall) of the Florida Panthers at the 2009 National Hockey League Draft and finished tied for second on the Terriers with 16 goals scored this season, both eye the loose puck during the very closely-contested Hockey East Final at the new Garden in Beantown.
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In what developed into a duel of two freshmen goaltenders whose names were called at the annual National Hockey League Draft last summer, it was only a fortuitous wrap-around goal midway through the final period which separated the two teams as the # 6 ranked UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS – LOWELL held off proud BOSTON UNIVERSITY 1-0 to claim the very first Hockey East tournament title in school history.

UMass – Lowell won three national championships (1979, 1981 and 1982) at the NCAA Division III level before moving up to the top flight to start the 1983/84 campaign. The Red Hawks, who improved their record for this banner 2012/13 season to 26 wins against 10 losses with two ties after the narrow win over B.U. at the new Garden, appeared at the annual NCAA tournament for only the fourth time in school history last spring. Head coach NORM BAZIN’s club did finish first in the Hockey East standings during the regular season that just ended but victory in this year’s tournament final in Boston must still stand as the all-time high water mark for the UMass – Lowell program, however.

Five-time NCAA champion Boston University were hoping to win a 12th Hockey East tournament title and prolong the career of JACK PARKER, the highly respected and extremely successful head coach who is retiring after 40 years in charge of the Terriers, but it was not to be.

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UMass – Lowell right wing DEREK ARNOLD (29), the homegrown junior from Foxboro who is the third leading scorer for the Red Hawks having registered 28 points in 38 games this season, lifts the puck over the desperate Boston University pair of sprawling defenseman RYAN RUIKKA (2) and netminder SEAN MAGUIRE to score the only goal of the 2013 Hockey East Final watched by the crowd of 13,778 spectators at the new Garden in Beantown.
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UMass – Lowell goaltender CONNOR HELLEBUYCK, the freshman from Commerce, Michigan, who was chosen by the Winnipeg Jets in the fifth round (# 130 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft last summer, dealt with all 36 Boston University shots and became only the fourth netminder to turn in a clean sheet in the history of the Hockey East Final. Hellebuyck had also made 34 saves in the tight 2-1 triumph over Providence College at the semifinal stage a day earlier and was, accordingly, voted onto the Hockey East tournament All-Star squad. UMass – Lowell defenseman CHAD RUHWEDEL, the undrafted junior from San Diego, California, and Canadian legionnaire SCOTT WILSON, the sophomore from Oakville, Ontario, who was picked in the seventh round (# 209 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, were singled out for all-tournament honors, as well.

Boston University’s Canadian legionnaire SEAN MAGUIRE, the freshman from Powell River, British Columbia, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (# 113 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft eight months ago, also had a solid outing between the pipes for the Terriers and totaled twenty-eight saves, it should be noted.

Two Boston University freshman, center DANNY O’REGAN and defenseman MATT GRZELCYK, ended up on the 2013 Hockey East tournament All-Star team after also being named to the conference’s All-Rookie squad a day before the semifinals at the Garden. The prolific O’Regan, who was tabbed in the fifth round (# 138 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft last summer by the San Jose Sharks, became the first freshman to lead the Terriers in scoring since future NHL star Tony Amonte accomplished the feat at B.U. during the 1989/90 season. Grzelcyk, the third round choice (# 85 overall) of the Boston Bruins at the 2012 NHL Draft, led all Boston University blueliners with 23 points (three goals) this term.

Boston University’s Canadian legionnaire EVAN RODRIGUES, the undrafted sophomore right wing from Etobicoke, Ontario, who, like O’Regan, scored two goals in the semifinal defeat of Boston College, rounded out the Hockey East tournament All-Star team this year.

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Hockey East Final
TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts
UMASS / LOWELL 1 – BOSTON UNIV 0

51:09 … UML – Arnold 12 (Wilson, Ruhwedel)

UMASS – LOWELL : Hellebuyck – Kamrass, Ruhwedel ; Houk, Folin ; Amlong, Suter – White, Pendenza, Holmstrom ; McGrath, Wetmore, Arnold ; Wilson, Fallon, Wallin ; Thompson, Wright, Chapie

BOSTON UNIV : Maguire – Noonan, MacGregor ; Grzelcyk, Oksanen ; Escobedo, Ruikka – Nieto, O’Regan, Rodrigues ; Megan, Hohmann, Gill ; Lane, Rosen, Kurker ; Moran, Santana, Moscatel

NOTE — the 2013 Hockey East champions feature two players from the greater Philadelphia area in defenseman JOE HOUCK (Richboro), the junior transfer from Division III school Hamilton College who recorded 10 assists in 33 games for the Red Hawks this season, as well as right wing TERRANCE WALLIN, the sophomore from Langhorne who saw his production for UMass – Lowell radically decline from eight goals and 25 points in 38 games a year ago to just two goals and seven points in 34 games this term.

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