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UMass-Lowell Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck Misses Second Straight Game with Injury

Doug Carr has a 0.96 goals against average and a .957 save percentage in Hellebuyck's absence.

Connor Hellebuyck
Connor Hellebuyck
Justin K. Aller

Lowell, Mass. -- Winnipeg Jets draft pick and UMass-Lowell sophomore goaltender Connor Hellebuyck missed his second consecutive game after suffering a minor upper body injury in the team's game against Canisius last weekend. The Commerce, Mich. native was held back out of an abundance of caution and will most likely miss Saturday's game, the third straight against ECAC foe Clarkson.

Senior Doug Carr, a former All-Hockey East performer, has started in Hellebuyck's place the past two games. The Hanover, Mass. native has stopped 45 of 47 shots he's faced during that time for a 0.96 goals against average and a .957 save percentage.

Clarkson and UMass-Lowell skated to a 1-1 tie on Friday night in front of 3,457. UML senior Joseph Pendenza scored 7:02 into the first period to give the River Hawks a 1-0 lead. His seventh goal of the season, assisted by Josh Holmstrom, stood up until Clarkson scored with 5:41 to play in regulation. Offensive-minded defenseman Sam Labrecque scored an unassisted goal that sent the game to overtime.

Neither Clarkson nor UMass-Lowell could find the back of the net in the extra session. Steve Perry made 38 saves for the Golden Knights. The two teams meet again Saturday at the Tsongas Center.

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