HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
The top four seed as will meet in the Hockey East Semifinals at TD Garden for the first time since 2018 after Northeastern, Massachusetts, UMass Lowell, and UConn all advanced through their quarterfinals on Saturday.
Northeastern toppled Boston College, 3-2, off the back of a three-goal second period. Huskies’ sophomore forward Gunnarwolfe Fontaine posted a goal and an assist while Devon Levi made 46 saves to deny a third-period push from the Eagles, who fired 25 shots on net in the final frame alone.
Massachusetts jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Providence, including two first-period goals from Josh Lopina, and got 45 saves from Matt Murray to hold on for a 4-2 victory over Providence and advance to the Hockey East semifinals for the third tournament in a row.
UMass Lowell earned the seventh trip to the Hockey East semifinals under head coach Norm Bazin since 2013 and are looking for their fourth Hockey East Tournament title. The River Hawks marched to a 7-2 victory over Merrimack on home ice on the back of six different goal scorers and two from Carl Berglund.
UConn earned the first Hockey East Tournament victory in program history with a 3-1 win over Boston University in their 10th postseason outing.
Graduate goaltender Darion Hanson stopped 38 shots, including 19 in the
third period, to backbone the Huskies to their first-ever appearance in the
Hockey East semifinals.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Josh Lopina - Massachusetts
Josh Lopina (So., F; Minooka, Ill.) factored in all four goals in UMass’ 4-2 Quarterfinal win over Providence, scoring the first two goals
of the game. One of his strikes came on the power play. He also
dished out two assists, including on the game-winning goal, and won
16 of 31 faceoffs.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Devon Levi - Northeastern
Devon Levi (So., G; Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Que.) notched 46 saves
in Northeastern’s 3-2 victory over BC in the Quarterfinals. Levi
allowed just one even strength goal in the outing and made several
key saves down the stretch to preserve the 3-2 win, as he faced 25
shots in the third period alone.
HOCKEY EAST DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
Isac Jonsson - UMass Lowell
Isac Jonsson (Fr., D: Angelholm, Sweden) dished out three assists
to help the No. 3 seed River Hawks take down No. 6 seed Merrimack in a 7-2 decision. His three-point night marked a career and
season-high for the freshman defenseman. Jonsson ended the night
with a team-best plus-five rating.
HOCKEY EAST GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Darion Hanson - UConn
Darion Hanson (Gr., G; East Bethel, Minn.) made 38 saves, his second highest total this year, in his Hockey East playoff debut to beat
BU, 3-1, in the quarterfinals. Hanson stopped 19 shots in the third
period as the Terriers were looking to erase a 2-0 UConn lead. He
then got a secondary assist on the Huskies empty net goal to seal off
the win, his second assist this year. Hanson earned his 19th win of
the season, setting a new UConn Division I school record for goalie
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Jack McBain, BC (Sr., F; Toronto, Ont.) Scored a goal and added two assists in the Eagles’ 4-3 overtime win over New Hampshire in Wednesday’s opening round contest. He dished out another helper in a quarterfinal set back to Northeastern. On Monday, he was named a finalist for Hockey East Player of the Year.
Marc McLaughlin, BC (Sr., F; North Billerica, Mass.) Netted two goals, including the overtime game-winner, in the Eagles’ 4-3 overtime win over New Hampshire in Wednesday’s opening round contest. He also added an assist in each of Boston College’s playoff games.
Marc Gatcomb, UConn (Sr., F; Woburn, Mass.) Gatcomb had a pair of assists and blocked a shot in the Huskies 3-1 win over BU in the quarterfinal round. Gatcomb had the assist on the Jonny Evans game-winner and then set up the empty net goal with 10.5 second left to seal it.
Chase Bradley, UConn (Fr., F; St. Louis, Mo.) After missing the previous six games with an injury, Bradley returned to the lineup and had the empty net goal with 10.5 seconds left to seal off a 3-1 quarterfinal win over BU.
Jake Flynn, UConn (Jr., D; Bridgewater, Mass.) Set up the Huskies first goal, blasting a shot that was tipped by Vladislav Firstov in the first period to give UConn a 1-0 lead on the road to a 3-1 quarterfinal win, UConn’s first in program history. Flynn also blocked a pair of shots in the win.
Ryan Ufko, UMass (Fr., D; Smithtown, N.Y.) Logged three assists in UMass’ 4-2 Hockey East Quarterfinal win over Providence, with one coming on the power play. The three helpers set a new career single-game high for Ufko.
Matt Murray, UMass (Gr., G; St. Albert, Alta.) Made a career high 45 saves in a 4-2 win over Providence in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. He stopped 45 of 47 shots on net for a .957 save percentage, 2.00 GAA for the Week.
Carl Berglund, UML (Jr., F; Hammaro, Sweden) Netted a season-high two goals in the River Hawks’ 7-2 victory over the No. 6 seed Merrimack. He finished the night with a plus-two rating.
Brehdan Engum, UML (So., D; Burnsville, Minn.) Picked up an assist in the River Hawks 7-2 win over Merrimack to punch UMass Lowell’s ticket to the Hockey East Semifinals. He ended the night with a team-best plus-five rating alongside teammate Isac Jonsson.
Owen Savory, UML (Sr., G; Cambridge, Ont.) Made 39 saves and allowed just two goals in the River Hawks’ 7-2 win against Merrimack for a .951 save percentage on the night. His 39 saves marked season-high for the senior goaltender as well as a career-high while in a River Hawks’ uniform.
Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, NU (So., G; East Greenwich, R.I.) Notched two points (1g, 1a) to lead Northeastern in a 3-2 Quarterfinal win over Boston College.
Justin Hryckowian, NU (Fr., F; L’Île-Bizard, Que.) In his return from injury for the first time since Feb. 7, notched a goal in Northeastern’s 3-2 win over Boston College.
Jayden Struble, NU (Jr., D; Cumberland, R.I.) Had a key assist pushing the puck up the boards leading to NU’s first goal in a three-goal second period.