UMass Lowell, UNH advance in Hockey East

Sophomore goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves as UMass Lowell edged Vermont, 2-1, in the deciding game of the teams' Hockey East quarterfinal series on Sunday afternoon at Tsongas Center.

The River Hawks took a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Christian Folin scoring a shorthanded goal at 10:08 and A.J. White adding a power-play goal at 15:43.

Vermont made it 2-1 at 17:46 of the second period on Jake Fallon's power-play goal, but couldn't beat Hellebuyck again.

Next up in the semifinals for UMass Lowell is Notre Dame, which surprised BC 4-2 in Sunday's deciding game.

Friday's other semifinal at TD Garden will pit Providence against New Hampshire, which advanced with a 5-4 win over Northeastern on Sunday in Durham, N.H.

Kevin Goumas recorded four points, including his second career hat trick, to lead UNH.

Goumas set up the Wildcats' first goal and scored the team's next three goals to give UNH a 4-3 lead early in the third period that they would not relinquish.

The Huskies thought they tied the score, 4-4, with a power-play goal at 7:38 but the referees immediately waved off the tally on a high-stick redirection by Mike McMurtry. After a lengthy review, the initial call stood.

UNH extended the advantage to 5-3 at 13:41 when Brett Pesce crashed the net and banged in a rebound.