ND knocked from Hockey East

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ND Insider

BOSTON — Notre Dame saw its run in the Hockey East Tournament end after a 5-1 semifinal loss to UMass (Lowell) Friday at the TD Garden.

The Irish (22-11-5) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Jack Jenkins scored his ninth goal of the year. Dennis Gilbert and Andrew Peake assisted the goal, scored at the 7:00 mark of the first period.

The River Hawks, however, responded 25 seconds later on a goal by Colin O’Neill, who fired a shot past Irish goalie Cal Petersen at the high slot to tie the game. UMass Lowell took a 2-1 lead at 9:31 when Ryan Lohin set up in front of the net and guided the feed into the crease around the right skate of Petersen.

The River Hawks extended the lead 6:34 into the second period as C.J. Smith’s shot from between the faceoff circles slid under the pad of Petersen to make it 3-1. They tacked on another in the final two minutes of the period, scored by Michael Kapla.

Nick Marin gave the River Hawks their fifth goal three minutes into the third period, converting despite shooting from a tight angle to the right of Petersen.

UMass Lowell (25-10-3) owned a 41-20 advantage in shots. Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play.

Petersen made 36 saves and Wall recorded 19 stops.

The Irish will now look for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament field. The NCAA selection show will be broadcast by ESPNU at noon Sunday.

Notre Dame hockey player Jack Jenkins. (Photo courtesy of Notre Dame)