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Connor Hellebuyck backstopping UMass-Lowell

LOWELL — There is a game within a game that begins well before UMass-Lowell heads to the ice for practice at Tsongas Center.

It might start with a mock staredown or a verbal challenge in the locker room. The forwards and defensemen tell Connor Hellebuyck and Doug Carr that this is the day they are going to get scored upon.

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