Sunday, March 22, 2009
BU BARELY SURVIVES UMASS-LOWELL TO WIN HOCKEY EAST
The UMass-Lowell River Hawks did something only three other teams had been able to do: hold BU to 1 goal. But 1 goal was all the Terriers needed to capture their 7th Hockey East Championship.
UM-L had their chances. They were given 7 power plays, including a 5 on 3, but they couldn't beat Freshman netminder Kieran Millan, who was named the tournament's MVP. BU also had a bit of bad luck, hitting the post 4 times.
One confusing play came in the 2nd, about 9 bodies piled into the BU net after a rebound, and the puck was knocked in by a UMass-Lowell stick. The goal judge lit the lamp, but the on ice officials gave no indication. They went to instant replay and inexplicably called "no goal." I still can't figure out or find out why. The official reason given was that the whistle blew before the puck crossed the line. Which, from the replays, wasn't true.
Anyway, BU has essentially secured the #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. Northeastern, UNH, and Vermont are also going to get in.
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