It was a matchup between two of the top teams in the nation — No. 1 Boston College and No. 7 UMass-Lowell.
But it was also a game that pitted the nation’s best offense (the Eagles’ 4.39 goals per contest average) against the nation’s best defense (the River Hawks allowing just 1.93 goals per outing).
In the end, BC’s finesse up front and strong goaltending by freshman Thatcher Demko (33 saves) were too much to overcome as the Eagles skated to a 3-0 victory at Conte Forum.
The win extended the Eagles’ unbeaten streak to 18 games (17-0-1).
For UML, it was the end to its unbeaten streak which had reached six games (5-0-1). Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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