Norm Bazin’s head coaching résumé at UMass-Lowell may be short, but his imprint on the program has been immediate.
When he took the reins for 2011-12, a year after the River Hawks generated just five victories, he led the team to a 24-13-1 record. Although Lowell lost to Providence in the Hockey East quarterfinals in the third and deciding game, the River Hawks earned an at-large bid into the NCAA East Regionals and lost in the final to Union — one victory shy of an appearance in the Frozen Four.
Although the River Hawks got off to a slow start this year at 4-7-1, they engineered a turnaround and went 18-3-1 the rest of the way to earn the Hockey East regular-season title for the first time in school history. Lowell finished with 34 points in Hockey East, edging out Boston College, which had 33. Three teams finished with 32.
On Thursday night, the No. 1-seeded River Hawks will take on No. 8 Maine in the best-of-three league quarterfinals.
“We certainly finished the regular season in style,’’ said Bazin. “We are elated to be the regular-season champion. It’s something that’s very new for us. I’m told it’s the closest title run in the history of the league. I think it kept a lot of hockey fans in New England interested.’’
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