Hockey East Tournament

Northeastern Edges UMass Lowell, 3-2, To Win 32nd Annual Hockey East Tournament
Junior forward Zach Aston-Reese posts game-winning goal and assist for Huskies

BOSTON-- A third period power play goal by Zach Aston-Reese (Staten Island, N.Y.) lifted sixth-seeded Northeastern to a 3-2 victory over fourth-seeded UMass Lowell in the title game of the 32nd annual Hockey East Championship in front of 14,018 fans at TD Garden Saturday evening. Northeastern (22-13-4) picked up the Lamoriello Trophy as the Hockey East champion, its first title in 28 seasons, when they won the 1988 crown.

The conference championship capped a tremendous turnaround for Northeastern, who started its season 1-11-2 and league play 0-7-2 before turning it on down the stretch. NU won its school-record 13th straight game Saturday and is 20-1-2 in its last 23 contests. The sixth-seeded Huskies also became the lowest seed ever to win the conference crown.

Aston-Reese snapped a 2-2 tie with his power play goal 11:03 into the third. John Stevens (Sea Isle, N.J.) misfired on a shot from the point and Aston-Reese rapped it home from the low slot for the eventual game-winner. Deadly with the extra-skater, the Huskies went 2-for-3 on the power play in the title game and 7-for-20 (35%) over the six games in the tournament.

Adam Gaudette (Braintree, Mass.), opened the scoring for the Huskies just 1:12 into the contest, beating UMass Lowell goaltender Kevin Boyle (Manalapan, N.J.) on his team's first shot on goal. Quick passes in the attacking zone by Mike McMurtry (Greely. Ontario) and Dylan Sikura (Aurora, Ontario) found Gaudette alone in front. UML answered 2:13 later on a goal by John Edwardh (Calgary, Alberta) to tie it at 1-1. A shot from the point by Tommy Panico (Wall, N.J.) went wide and bounced to the crease. Joe Gambardella (Staten Island, N.Y.) couldn't direct it on goal but Edwarth did, sneaking one up high inside the near post.

On the first power play for either team, the Stevens brothers teamed up to make it 2-1 at 7:30. Nolan Stevens tipped a drive from his brother John Stevens (Sea Isle City, N.J.) that popped high in the air and off a UMass Lowell defender and past Boyle. Aston-Reese also picked up an assist on the goal.

The River Hawks turned up the offense in the middle period outshooting Northeastern, 11-8, and they picked up the equalizer, the only goal in the second at 13:34. Adam Chapie (Oxford, Mich.) rapped one at goalie Ryan Ruck (Coto de Caza, Calif.) during a goalmouth scramble that Ruck initially saved but rolled down his back and in the goal. Jake Kamrass (Atlanta, Ga.) and Dylan Zink (Madison, Wisc.) added helpers on Chapie's 16th of the season.

Nolan Stevens had his second straight goal-assist effort and was one of three Huskies on the 2016 All-Tournament Team, having eight points in the tourney (3-5-8). Senior captain Kevin Roy (Lac-Beauport, Quebec) led all tournament scorers with five goals and nine points and defenseman Colton Saucerman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was also an all-tourney selection.

Boyle, a senior, picked up the William Flynn Tournament MVP Award, the first from a non-champion since 2003. He stopped 21 shots in the title game capping a strong tournament where he posted a 1.24 goals against average in six games. Joining him on the All-Tournament Team were defenseman Zink and forward C.J. Smith (Des Moines, Iowa).

Northeastern had a narrow 24-23 advantage in shots in the game with Ruck making 21 saves. UMass Lowell went 0-for-2 with the extra skater as only seven penalties were whistled in the hard-fought contest.

Notes: UMass Lowell is the fourth program to reach the title game in four straight years. Maine did it a record seven times from 1987 to 1993 ... The line of Aston-Reese and the Stevens brothers accounted for on two goals and four assists on the night ... Smith and Gambardella each had five points in the tourney to lead the River Hawks.

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On March 7, 1988, the Hockey East Executive Committee voted to name the conference championship trophy the Lamoriello Trophy. The title honors Lou Lamoriello, the first commissioner of Hockey East and a leader in the formation of the conference. The league commissioned the creation of a permanent trophy in 1998, and it was delivered in time for the 1999 championship.

Lamoriello served as the Providence College head coach for 15 seasons (1968- 83), guiding the Friars to an overall record of 248-179-13, a winning percentage of .580. He led the Friars to a 33-10-0 mark in the 1982-83 campaign, the best in the nation that year. Providence also reached the Frozen Four that season for the first time since 1964. Lamoriello resigned as coach following that season to devote more time to his role as the Providence Athletics Director, a post to which he was appointed in July of 1982.

With the Athletics Directors from Boston College, Boston University, New Hampshire and Northeastern, Lamoriello formed the Hockey East Association in July of 1983. He was the driving force in the history-making interlocking schedule agreement with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and in the first-ever college hockey television package.

A native of Johnston, R.I., Lamoriello attended LaSalle Academy and graduated from Providence College in 1963. As an undergraduate, Lamoriello lettered inbaseball and hockey, serving as captain for each team during his senior year. He was inducted into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980.

In April of 1987, Lamoriello resigned as Commissioner of Hockey East and as PC Athletics Director to take the position of President and General Manager of the NHL's New Jersey Devils.

Lamoriello continued to succeed in the NHL as the Devils have won the Stanley Cup three times during his tenure. Five former Hockey East players — Kevin Dean (UNH), Brian Gionta (BC), Bill Guerin (BC), Jay Pandolfo (BU) and Chris Terreri (PC), have won at least one Cup each under Lamoriello's watch.

Lamoriello has won on the international level as well. He organized the Team USA entry in both the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1998 Winter Olympics as the General Manager of each team. The former, paced by Hockey East alumni Brian Leetch (BC), Keith Tkachuk (BU) and Tony Amonte (BU) beat Canada in the finals, two games to one, to win the inaugural World Cup.

Lamoriello was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builders category in 2009, and entered the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

The Hockey East Championships were first held at the Providence Civic Center following the inaugural season of 1984-85. After several successful showings at the original Boston Garden, the tournament moved with its sister events to the building now known as TD Garden.

The building has become a recognized leader in hosting college hockey events, having set attendance records for the NCAA Frozen Four in 1998, and boasting progressively larger crowds for the Beanpot and the Hockey East Championships. The 2004 Frozen Four was a huge success, with tickets for the Boston College vs. Maine semifinal among the hottest in town. In 2015, Hockey East and TD Garden again hosted the Frozen Four, with a record number of people packing into the building to see a Providence vs. Boston University national championship contest.

Since its grand opening in 1995, more than 30 million people have come to the TD Garden to see the arena's famous tenants, the NHL's Boston Bruins and NBA's Boston Celtics, as well as world-renowned concerts, sporting events, family shows, wrestling, ice shows and so much more. Home to approximately 200 public events annually, the TD Garden hosts well over 3.5 million people each year! The state-of-the-art TD Garden is a year-round, 19,600-seat arena, fully equipped with three (3) private restaurants – Banners Harbor View, Legends, and the Premium Club Bistro – 90 executive suites, 1,100 club seats, a multi-million dollar high definition video scoreboard (Garden HDX) and complete 360-degree LED technology.