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Connor Hellebuyck makes 35 saves, UMass-Lowell beats Minnesota State-Mankato 2-1

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 10:24 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Connor Hellebuyck makes 35 saves, UMass-Lowell beats Minnesota State-Mankato 2-1

WORCESTER, Mass. - Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves and Joe Pendenza scored a short-handed goal in the first period in UMass-Lowell's 2-1 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday night in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals.

UMass-Lowell (26-10-4) will face top-seeded Boston College on Sunday for a spot in the Frozen Four. The Eagles beat Denver 6-2 in the first semifinal.

The River Hawks, who reached the Frozen Four last season, ended Minnesota State's 13-game unbeaten streak (12-0-1) and kept the Mavericks (26-14-1) from earning their first NCAA Division I tournament win — on their third try

Hellebuyck came within 10.8 seconds of his seventh shutout of the season. After defenceman Zack Kamrass scored an empty-net goal to make it 2-0 with 40.9 seconds left, Zach Stepan scored on a power play.

Cole Huggins made 33 saves for the Mavericks.

UMass-Lowell won the Hockey East tournament, and Minnesota State was the WCHA champion.

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