Coaching legend Jack Parker's career at Boston University ended Saturday as the Terriers lost 1-0 to top-seeded Massachusetts-Lowell in the championship game of the Hockey East tournament at TD Garden in Boston.
Parker, who coached the Terriers for 40 years, announced earlier this month that he would retire after the season. BU swept Merrimack in the first round of the tournament and upset Boston College on Friday in the semifinals. A win against UMass-Lowell would have extended Parker's career for another weekend by earning the Terriers an NCAA Tournament bid.
But the Riverhawks (26-10-2), who won all three regular-season games against BU on the way to the regular-season title, scored the game's only goal when Derek Arnold banked in a wraparound with 8:52 left in regulation.
Freshman goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, voted the tournament MVP, stopped 37 shots for his fifth career shutout. He allowed just one goal in victories against Providence and BU as the Riverhawks won their first Hockey East title.
Sean Maguire finished with 28 saves for the Terriers. His only mistake came on a 3-on-2 rush when he got caught sprawled on the ice as Arnold swept behind the net. Maguire dived across the crease and stopped Arnold's wraparound at the goal line with his glove, but the rebound hit the paddle of his stick and bounced backward into the net.
Parker retires with 897 career victories, third on the NCAA's all-time list and the most ever by a coach at one school.
The NCAA Tournament begins next weekend with regionals in Manchester, N.H., Providence, R.I., Toledo, Ohio, and Grand Rapids, Mich. The winners advance to the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh on April 11-13.
Wisconsin 3, Colorado College 2
Nic Kerdiles had a goal and an assist as Wisconsin held off Colorado College at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., to win the WCHA tournament and earn an NCAA bid.
Tyler Barnes scored with 17 seconds left in the first period for the Badgers, who never trailed. Sean Little and Kerdiles had goals in the second period for Wisconsin, now 22-12-7 after a 1-7-2 start. Joel Rumpel stopped 20 shots and had to make only four saves in the third period.
Charlie Taft and Rylan Schwartz had second-period goals for the Tigers (18-19-5), who upset top-seeded Minnesota 2-0 on Friday to make the title game. Joe Howe kept CC in the game with 29 saves.
Union 3, Brown 1
Sophomore forward Max Novak scored two goals as Union won its second straight ECAC title by beating Brown at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Union (21-12-5) became the first school since St. Lawrence in 2000-01 to win back-to-back ECAC titles. The Dutchmen advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row.
Union had just one shot on goal until Daniel Carr scored at 10:18 of the opening period. The Dutchmen made it 2-0 with 13.2 seconds remaining in the second period when Novak beat Anthony Borelli from between the circles. He scored again early in the third period.
Brown (16-14-6) got a power-play goal by Dennis Robertson with 12:03 remaining to cut the margin to two but could get no closer as Troy Grosenick finished with 32 saves for Union.
Canisius 7, Mercyhurst 2
Kyle Gibbons and Ralph Cuddemi scored twice as Canisius rolled to its eighth consecutive victory by beating Mercyhurst in Rochester, N.Y., to win the Atlantic Hockey Association championship and earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Tony Capobianco made 34 saves for the Golden Griffins (19-18-5), the seventh seed in the AHA tournament.
Gibbons scored the first two goals of the game, the first with 41 seconds remaining in the opening period. Cuddemi had two second-period goals. Mercyhurst (19-17-5) cut the deficit to two on a goal by Nick Jones in the first minute of the third period, but Cody Freeman, Torrey Lindsay and Ben Parker scored to put the game away.
Michigan 6, Miami of Ohio 2
Notre Dame 3, Ohio State 1
Michigan continued its surprising run through the final CCHA championship by upsetting top-seeded Miami at Joe Louis Arena to earn a trip to Sunday's championship game.
The Wolverines (18-18-3) blew the game open with a four-goal second period, including a pair by Andrew Capp and a goal and an assist by A.J. Treais. They will need to beat Notre Dame in the title game on Sunday to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
In the first game, Peter Schneider and T.J. Tynan scored goals as Notre Dame rallied after spotting Ohio State an early lead.
Ryan Dzingel gave the Buckeyes (16-16-7) a 1-0 lead with his 16th goal of the season in the first period. But the Irish scored once in each period while outshooting Ohio State 44-17. Brady Hjelle made 41 saves to keep the Buckeyes in the game before Jeff Costello hit the empty net to ice the win.
Notre Dame (24-12-3) is headed for the NCAA Tournament regardless of the outcome on Sunday. Miami (24-11-5) is also headed for the tournament.