Notre Dame set for Hockey East quarterfinals

Tribune Staff Report
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Who: No. 5 seed Notre Dame (17-17-5) and No. 4 seed UMass Lowell (18-10-6)

What: Hockey East Tournament, Quarterfinals

When: Friday, 7:15 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m; Sunday, 4 p.m. (if necessary)

Where: Tsongas Center, Lowell, Mass.

TV: None

Internet: HockeyEastOnline.tv

Radio: WHFB 99.9 FM

Last week: Notre Dame beat Massachusetts in the HEA first round, two games to one; UMass Lowell was idle.

Notable: Irish freshman goaltender Cal Petersen earned his fifth straight weekly Hockey East award, this time garnering league Freshman of the Week after stopping 132 of 139 Minutemen shots on the weekend, including an NCAA-record 87 saves in Friday’s 5-overtime loss, which was the longest game in NCAA history… Notre Dame is 0-4-1 all-time against Lowell, including 0-1-1 this season.

Quotable: “We finally maybe learned some mental toughness, which was lacking in the first half of the year,” said ND coach Jeff Jackson during Wednesday’s media session. “I think that we’ve grown up a lot over the last six months.”

Notre Dame players celebrate wing Thomas DiPauli goal in the first period of Hockey East playoff action at the Compton Family Ice Arena Sunday March 8, 2015 in South Bend, Ind. (SBT Photo/Joe Raymond)