By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA — The UMass Lowell River Hawks captured their first Hockey East crown in program history by defeating Boston University, 1-0 at the TD Garden.
Derek Arnold broke the scoreless drought with a wrap around goal at 11:09 in the third, which secured the win.
UML (26-10-2) raced down the ice on a 3-on-2 rush during the final frame and watched Chad Ruhwedel‘s shot deflect off teammate Scott Wilson‘s skates, which forced BU’s Sean Maguire out of the crease. Maguire, who attempted to stop the initial shot by diving to his right, didn’t see Arnold, who corralled the loose puck behind the net prior to his game-clinching strike.
UML had lost to BU in their last two championship appearances in 1994 and 2009. BU’s season concludes with a 21-16-2 mark.
* We will have more on this game shortly!