Reading, MA – Hockey East couldn’t have scripted a more dramatic finish to their regular season than the way it played out on the ice. With a 4:30 pm start time, the Massachusetts Minutemen blew their chance at winning the league’s regular-season title when they fell to Boston College 4-3 at home in Amherst, MA. All the Minutemen needed was to maintain a tie game with the Eagles to clinch their second title, but senior Patrick Giles scored with 3:22 remaining to dash UMass’ dreams. Meanwhile, the Northeastern Huskies, whose game started at 7 pm, suddenly found themselves needing to win to secure their first-ever Hockey East title against the Merrimack Warriors on their ice. Junior forward Aidan McDonough broke a scoreless tie with just 9.6 seconds remaining in regulation to capture Northeastern’s first regular-season trophy in the league’s 37-year history.
While all this played out at Merrimack, the UMass-Lowell River Hawks bested the New Hampshire Wildcats 1-0 to clinch third place overall. The Connecticut Huskies toppled the Vermont Catamounts 4-0 to slot into fourth place. UConn will host the Boston University Terriers, who lost 8-1 against the Maine Black Bears, on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
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Aidan McDonough, Junior, Northeastern Huskies, Forward
Milton, Ma. naive led the Huskies with five shots on goal, none bigger than his last one. The 6′-2″ Vancouver Canucks prospect has been the Huskies offensive cog all season, tallying 23 goals and 13 assists for 36 total points, good for 23rd in NCAA hockey. McDonough is third in the nation in goals. McDonough’s strike with 9.6 left in the game was his fifth game-winning goal, which is tied for third-most in college hockey this year.
Patrick Giles, Senior, Boston College Eagles, Forward
Giles netted two goals and an assist in BC’s win over the Minutemen. His power-play re-direct gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the first. The 6′-5″ assistant captain earned the secondary helper on BC’s third goal, which put the Eagles back up by two, to open the second period. The Chevy Chase, MD. native, led the Eagles into the Minutemen zone three-on-one. Giles held onto the puck before firing a shot far-side, glove-side high to lead the Eagles to the weekend sweep of the Minutemen. The two-goal output gave Giles 15 on the season.
Devon Levi, Sophomore, Northeastern Huskies, Goalie
Levi stopped all 29 shots on goal the Warriors put on the net for his 10th shutout of the season. The Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, product has a 1.45 GAA, .953 Save %, and 20 wins on the season while missing time with Team Canada in the Olympics. Levi, a Buffalo Sabres prospect, snuffed out chance after chance by Merrimack’s top scorers to preserve the “W” and help the Huskies earn some hardware.
Owen Savory, Senior, UMass-Lowell River Hawks, Goalie
Savory had 23 saves in shutting out the Wildcats to earn his fifth shutout of the year. The Cambridge, Ontario native helped thwart four power-play opportunities during the UNH game. His play helped the River Hawks capture third place, which is the first time UML has done so.