By Matt Noonan
The Boston College men’s ice hockey team netted a pair of goals in the final frame, which helped the Eagles defeat UMass Lowell, 4-3, on Sunday in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final at the DCU Center in Worcester.
With the win, BC advances to the Frozen Four and will face-off against Union College, which captured the East Region with a 3-1 win over Providence College last night.
Trailing 3-2 in the third period, BC rallied with back-to-back strikes from Ryan Fitzgerald and Ian McCoshen to secure a one-goal lead. The River Hawks tried to net the equalizer, but the Eagles’ defense, along with goaltender Thatcher Demko shut the door on their opponent’s attempts. Demko turned away 29 of 32 shots, while UML’s backstop, Connor Hellebuyck, finished with 25 stops.
Both teams swapped goals in the first and second period before UML earned its first and only lead in the third with an Evan Campbell unassisted tally.
Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold also scored goals from BC, while UML’s Michael Kapla and Josh Holmstrom each located the back of the Eagles cage.
UML converted on one of three power plays, as well as outshot the Eagles, 32-29.
BC (28-7-4) will return to the ice on Thursday, April 10 when they take on the Dutchmen, while UML concludes its season 26-11-4).