The Hockey East regular season came to a close this weekend and a new regular season champion has been crowned. For the first time in history, someone other than Maine, New Hampshire, Boston College or Boston University has finished number one in the Hockey East standings on the last day of the season. This year it is the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. The champion along with the other teams needed to play all 27 games to figure where they would finish. In the end, only Northeastern and Massachusetts missed out in playing extra hockey this year.
Friday, March 8th, 2013
Providence 3, Massachusetts-Lowell 0
The Friars managed to put a stop to Connor Hellebuyck’s 13-game winning streak in Friday night’s victory over the River Hawks, 3-0. It was only the third time this season Hellebuyck has surrendered three or more goals. On the other side, Jon Gillies stopped all 31 shots fired at him, earning himself the shutout victory. Ross Mauermann tallied the game-winning-goal in the first period, while Tom Parisi added a goal and an assist. The win earned Providence a chance to fight for first place the following night.
Boston College 4, Vermont 4 (OT)
Parker Milner gave up four goals on 21 shots in Friday night’s Boston College tie with Vermont, 4-4. Senior forward, Steven Whitney netted two goals, while Johnny Gaudreau and Destry Straight also tallied goals for Boston College as well. Quinn Smith and Teddy Doherty both had a pair of assists. Vermont’s Robert Polesello and Caylen Walls each tallied a goal and assist each. These two team ending in a tie, opened up the door for multiple teams to tie for first place when the season ended.
Boston University 4, Northeastern 2
With Northeastern’s season over, the Huskies were fighting for school pride, however were unable to come out on top. Northeastern fell to Boston University, 4-2. Sean Maguire stopped 32-of-34 shots in the victory. Danny O’Regan tallied the gam-winning-goal in the third period, while Ryan Santana added two assists for the Terriers. The Huskies’ Cody Ferriero recorded a goal and an assist during the loss.
Maine 4, New Hampshire 3
Maine lead New Hampshire, 4-1 with just under six minutes remaining in regulation on two goals from Kyle Beattie and a shorthanded goal from Steven Swavely. The Wildcats mounted a comeback with extra attacker goals by Eric Knodel and Austin Block with under two minutes remaining in regulation. New Hampshire was unable to complete the comeback and ended up taking the loss. The win clinched the Black Bears a playoff birth.
Merrimack 4, Massachusetts 3 (OT)
The Warriors were streaking badly coming into Friday night, losing the team’s last four games. Jordan Heywood gave Merrimack the first lead of the game in the first period and John Gustafsson put the Warriors up 2-0 at 5:56 in the third. Massachusetts’ Shane Walsh and Merrimack’s Mike Collins would net goals within a minute of each other, putting the score at 3-1. The Minutemen would bring the cut the lead to 3-2 with a Conor Sheary goal and tie the game up with under a minute remaining on a Rocco Carzo goal. However only 1:45 into the extra time, Connor Toomey netted Merrimack’s game-winnin-goal and ending their losing streak at four-games. The loss for Massachusetts eliminated them from playoff contention.
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Maine 4, New Hampshire 4 (OT)
In a fairly even game, the Black Bears and Wildcats skated to a 4-4 tie. Maine recorded 36 shots, while New Hampshire recorded 35. Both teams took five penalties and scored four goals each. Joey Diamond netted two goals, while Ben Hutton recorded a pair of assists for Maine. Trevor van Riemsdyk was able to assist on two of New Hampshire’s goals, Maxim Gaudreault tallied a goal and an assist.
Massachusetts 3, Merrimack 0
Steve Mastalerz recorded his first shutout of the season in the last game of the season. The 3-0 shutout over Merrimack was only Mastalerz’s second Hockey East career shutout. Adam Phillips tallied what would end up being the game-winnin-goal in the first period, Conor Sheary added a first period goal and Colin Shea finished off the Minutemen’s scoring for the season with a second period goal. Phillips also recorded an assist for two points against Merrimack.
Boston University 5, Northeastern 0
Boston University tallied five goals against Northeastern, in what would end up being Jack Parker’s final regular season game for the Terriers. Sean Maguire stopped all 25 shots on route to the shutout. Danny O’Regan recorded three points on a goal and two assists, while Sahir Gill recorded the games final two goals. Northeastern ends their rough season in a 5-0 shutout.
Massachusetts-Lowell 4, Providence 1
Winner takes the Regular season title, it was as simple as that and UMass-Lowell did just that. Riley Wetmore netted the game’s first goal and it remained 1-0 from the 3:08 in the first to 19 seconds into the third when Tim Schaller evened the score for Providence. Josh Holmstrom tallied the game-winning-goal, what would end up being the regular season title winning goal. Scott Wilson sealed the deal with a power play goal and Christian Folin topped it off with an empty-netter. UMass-Lowell defeated Providence College, 4-1 and were crowned regular season champions for the first time in history.
Boston College 7, Vermont 2
Vermont already owned a playoff spot for next weekend, however a win over Boston College would be a nice touch to finish off the regular season, Boston College had other thoughts. Hobey Baker candidate, Johnny Gaudreau recorded six points on two goals and four assists. Additionally, Bill Arnold had two goals and two assists. Steven Whitney added to his great weekend with a goal and an assist. Boston would end up finishing second in Hockey East standings.