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One of the more anticipated matchups of the season was between former CCHA power house Notre Dame and UMass-Lowell, last year’s Hockey East Cinderella story who made it to the NCAA Frozen Four.
The programs had never met before and both were motivated to continue the climb up in the rankings with the Fighting Irish at No. 6 and the River Hawks at No. 13 heading into the weekend.
The sons of coach Norm Bazin got it done at the Tsongas Center as Lowell completed the sweep with a 3-1 matinee victory to improve to 10-4-0. The River Hawks have won five in a row and nine of the last 10. Notre Dame (8-5-1) has dropped three of its last five (1-3-1).
``It was a great weekend of hockey,’’ said Bazin. ``It was playoff style hockey again. It was a game of inches. We both had to earn our ice all night long and make smart plays all the way up and it didn’t disappoint. Special teams seemed to be the difference this weekend.’’