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UMass-Lowell clinches first regular-season Hockey East title with win over Providence

UMass Lowell hockey players, Adam Chapie, left, Christian Folin, bottom, Joe Houk, center, and Josh Holmstrom celebrate their victory over Providence College placing them on top of the Hockey East standings at Providence College, Saturday, March 9, 2013. Gretchen Ertl for the Boston Globe
UMass Lowell hockey players, Adam Chapie, left, Christian Folin, bottom, Joe Houk, center, and Josh Holmstrom celebrated their victory over Providence College on Saturday. (Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe)Credit: The Boston Globe

A night after getting shut out by Providence goaltender Jon Gillies, UMass-Lowell found its stride in the third period against the Friars’ freshman phenom.

Josh Holmstrom, Scott Wilson, and Christian Folin scored in the final period to push the River Hawks past host Providence, 4-1, on Saturday night.

With the victory, seventh-ranked UMass-Lowell (22-10-2, 16-9-2) clinched its first regular-season Hockey East title.

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While Gillies was the star Friday night, Connor Hellebuyck, the River Hawks’ freshman goalie, had his star turn Saturday. Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots, including 11 in the third period, and was instrumental in helping UMass-Lowell go 10 for 10 on the penalty kill.

Tim Schaller tied the game at 1 just 19 seconds into the third period for No. 18 Providence (15-12-7, 13-8-6) on a feed from Stefan Demopoulos.

BU 5, Northeastern 0 — Sahir Gill had two goals, freshman Danny O’Regan had a goal and two assists, and the Terriers trounced the Huskies at Agganis Arena.

 BU (18-15-2, 15-10-2 Hockey East) scored four goals in the third period to turn the game into a rout. In his final game for Northeastern (9-21-4, 5-18-4), Chris Rawlings made 26 saves.

UMass 3, Merrimack 0 — Adam Phillips, Conor Sheary, and Colin Shea scored for the Minutemen (12-19-3, 9-16-2 Hockey East) in their shutout of the Warriors (15-15-6, 13-11-3) in Amherst. Steve Mastalerz made 24 saves to pick up his fourth win of the season.

ECAC first round — Matt Lindblad and Tyler Sikura each had a goal and two assists as Dartmouth (14-12-5) evened the three-game series with a 4-1 victory over visiting Harvard (10-18-3). The teams will face off Sunday afternoon with a trip to the quarterfinals hanging in the balance . . . Nick D’Agostino scored twice as Cornell (14-14-3) advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-2 win over host Princeton . . . Kyle Flanagan had a goal and three assists to propel St. Lawrence (18-14-4) into the quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over visiting Colgate . . . Jake Goldburg potted two goals as Brown (13-12-6) held off a late rally from visiting Clarkson to advance to the quarterfinals.

Atlantic Hockey first round — Robert Morris (20-12-4) thumped visiting Sacred Heart, 6-1, to earn a spot in a best-of-three quarterfinal series at Connecticut . . . Two goals from Grant Blakey pushed host Mercyhurst (16-15-5) past Army, 5-2, and into the quarterfinals . . . Dan Koudys scored for visiting Bentley, but the Falcons (12-20-3) fell to Canisius, 2-1. The Golden Griffins (15-18-5) travel to face Air Force in the next round . . . Host RIT walloped American International, 7-2, behind a goal and three assists from Matt Garbowsky. The Tigers (15-16-5) advanced to the quarterfinals.

NCAA Div. 3 quarterfinals — After losing to Babson three times this season, Norwich (24-3-1) finally got in the win column with a 4-0 shutout of the Beavers (18-7-5) in Northfield, Vt. Kyle Thomas scored twice and Chris Czarnota stopped 14 shots to earn the win. The Cadets face Oswego State in Lake Placid, N.Y., on March 15 . . . Bowdoin (23-4-2) took a 2-0 lead into the second period only to see host Utica (21-5-1) score four straight goals — three in the third period — to beat the Bears, 4-2.

Women

ECAC semifinals — Mary Parker had two goals and an assist to lead seventh-ranked Harvard past No. 5 Clarkson, 4-2, in Ithaca, N.Y. The Crimson (24-5-3) exacted revenge on the Knights (28-9-0), who swept the regular-season series with Harvard. Emerance Maschmeyer made 26 saves, Jillian Dempsey had a goal and an assist, and the Crimson went 5 for 5 on the penalty kill. Harvard will face No. 3 Cornell in the final on Sunday afternoon . . . Taylor Woods recorded a hat trick and had an assist as Cornell (26-5-1) notched a 4-2 win over St. Lawrence. Cornell had a 2-0 lead after the first, but the Saints (19-14-5) got two goals from Rylee Smith in the second period to even the score. Woods’s final goal came with 1:38 left in the game, and proved to be the winner.

NCAA Div. 3 quarterfinals — Katie Sullivan netted three goals, including the winner in overtime, in Middlebury’s 3-2 overtime victory over host Norwich. Middlebury (19-7-2) will face Plattsburgh State, which beat St. Norbert, 5-2, in the semifinals on March 15 in Superior, Wis. . . . Despite putting 37 shots on goal, Bowdoin (21-5-2) couldn’t sneak one past Elmira goalie Lauren Sullivan in the Bears’ 4-0 home loss.

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