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Notre Dame, UMass-Lowell Meet for First Time

Hockey fans will be treated to a matchup of top 12 teams at Tsongas Arena this weekend.

Adam Chapie is the leading goal scorer for the River Hawks with six.
Adam Chapie is the leading goal scorer for the River Hawks with six.
Justin K. Aller

Lowell, Mass. -- The River Hawks and the Fighting Irish will meet for the first time ever Friday night at Tsongas Arena for the first of two meetings between the schools this weekend. It also marks the first trip to the greater Boston area for Notre Dame since joining Hockey East.

This game should be a defensive battle between two teams who play a defense-first style of hockey. Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson has long been known for his shutdown system. Both UML and Notre Dame will try to bottle up the neutral zone and force things wide in their own defensive ends.

Breaking Down the Matchup

Notre Dame UMass-Lowell
Record 8-3-1, 2-1-1 Hockey East 8-4-0, 2-1-0 Hockey East
Road/Home Records 3-2-0 (Away) 2-3-0 (Home)
Goals Per Game 3.25 (5th) 2.75 (7th)
Goals Against Per Game 1.92 (2nd) 2.00 (3rd)
Power Play Percentage 18.1 (7th) 19.4 (6th)
Penalty Kill Percentage 93.0 (1st) 83.0 (7th)
Top Scorer Sam Herr (6-3--9) Adam Chapie (6-3--9)
Starting Goaltender Steven Summerhays (2.93/.897) Connor Hellebuyck (1.89/.938)

Notre Dame

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Sam Herr T.J. Tynan Peter Schneider
Jeff Costello David Gerths Bryan Rust
Mario Lucia Garrett Peterson Austin Wuthrich
Ali Thomas Joe Aiken Ben Ostlie

Left Defense Right Defense
Shayne Taker Stephen Johns
Kevin Lind Andy Ryan
Robbie Russo Justin Wade

Steven Summerhays
Chad Kutunar
Joe Rogers


Left Wing Center Right Wing
Scott Wilson Stephen Buco Adam Chapie
Ryan McGrath Joe Pendenza Josh Holmstrom
Shayne Thompson Joe Gambardella Derek Arnold
A.J. White Evan Campbell Terrence Wallin

Left Defense Right Defense
Zack Kamrass Jake Suter
Michael Kapla Christian Folin
Joe Houk Greg Amlong

Connor Hellebuyck
Doug Carr
Brian Robbins

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Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.