They knew that the trophy existed. It just always belonged to somebody else. Was it ever going to be UMass-Lowell’s time to win the Hockey East tournament? “To be honest, no,” Derek Arnold confessed after he had been asked if he’d ever figured that the River Hawks would leave Causeway Street as champions. “You see BC and BU win all the time. You didn’t see Lowell in here too much.”
On Saturday night, finally, UML was the last team standing after Arnold’s goal with less than a dozen minutes remaining had beaten Boston University, 1-0, in an enthralling finale at TD Garden, not only ending the Terriers’ season but also coach Jack Parker’s career after 40 distinguished years and more hardware than his alma mater can fit in one showcase.