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Notre Dame tops BU in Hockey East first-round contest

Irish will play BC in quarterfinals

After its surprising regular-season sweep of Northeastern last weekend, the Boston University men’s team couldn’t keep the momentum going in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

Steven Summerhays turned back 25 shots as 11th-ranked Notre Dame outlasted the Terriers, 3-2, Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

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The Fighting Irish travel to face top-seeded Boston College in a quarterfinal series.

Behind goals from Bryan Rust and Jeff Costello, Notre Dame jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. BU countered with a goal from Evan Rodrigues at 16:04 of the second.

The confidence boost from the goal soon faded as Peter Schneider buried a shot 3:07 into the third, the goal proving to be the winner for the Fighting Irish.

Robbie Baillargeon added a goal late in the third period and Matt O’Connor added 26 saves for the Terriers.

In other Hockey East first-round action: Martin Ouellette made 29 saves, including 12 in the final frame, to backstop No. 20 Maine to a 2-0 win over visiting Merrimack (8-22-3).

The Black Bears (16-13-4) travel to face Providence in the quarterfinal round.

Mark Anthoine scored in the first and Devin Shore added an insurance goal with 19 seconds left for Maine.

ECAC first round — Stu Wilson and Kenny Agostino scored 38 seconds in the third period to send Yale to a 2-1 win over Harvard in New Haven. The No. 16 Bulldogs (17-9-5) won the best-of-three series, 2-0. Raphael Girard made 37 saves for the Crimson (10-17-4) . . . Eric Neiley’s second goal of the game, at 13:46 of the third period, lifted visiting Dartmouth (9-18-4) to a 3-2 victory over host Rensselaer (15-15-6). The series is tied, 1-1, with the deciding game on Sunday at Rensselaer . . . Despite third-period goals from Garnet Hathaway and Ryan Jacobson, Brown (11-17-3) dropped a 3-2 decision to host St. Lawrence. The Saints (15-17-4) won the series, 2-0.

Atlantic Hockey first round — Shayne Stockton scored twice, Matt Ginn made 29 saves, and Holy Cross trounced RIT, 5-1, in Worcester. The best-of-three series is tied, 1-1, with the deciding game on Sunday in Worcester. Tim Driscoll scored 47 seconds into the game for the Crusaders (13-20-3) . . . David Norris had two goals but visiting American International (10-25-1) fell to Niagara, 4-2. The Purple Eagles (13-18-5) won the series, 2-0 . . . Cody Freeman had a hat trick, powering host Canisius (14-19-3) to a 5-0 win over Sacred Heart (12-24-0). The Golden Griffins won the series, 2-0.


Hockey East semifinals — Junior forward Kate Leary notched her first career hat trick, propelling fourth-ranked BC to a 3-1 victory over Vermont in the Hockey East semifinals in Hyannis. BC goalie Corinne Boyles stopped 25 shots and surpassed the 3,000-save mark for her career. The Eagles (27-5-3) won for the 14th time in 15 games and tied the program record for wins in a season set just a year ago. The Eagles (18-4-4) face the BU on Sunday in the final . . . The Terriers eked out a 3-2 win over Northeastern (19-14-2). Sarah Lefort recorded her NCAA-leading 31st goal in the second periond to open the scoring for BU (23-12-1). Senior goalie Kerrin Sperry was outstanding once again for the Terriers, stopping 42 shots in her eighth straight Hockey East tournament victory. Sperry has registered 30-plus saves in six straight games overall.

ECAC semifinals — Miye D’oench had two goals and an assist but sixth-ranked Harvard couldn’t hold off fifth-ranked Cornell, which won 6-4 in Potsdam, N.Y. The Crimson (23-6-4) took a 4-2 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the second, but the Big Red (23-5-4) scored the final four goals of the game to come away with the win. Jillian Saulnier scored twice in Cornell’s four-goal outburst. Cornell will face Clarkson, which is in the final for the first time in program history, on Sunday . . . Shannon MacAulay netted two goals, Brittany Styner added three assists, and third-ranked Clarkson (28-4-5) trounced seventh-ranked Quinnipiac, 6-0. Despite the loss, the Bobcats (22-6-9) recorded the best season record in program history.

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