BOSTON -- Christian Folin and Derek Arnold scored first period markers to give UMass Lowell a 2-0 lead over Notre Dame after 20 minutes in the first Hockey East semifinal from the TD Garden.
Folin threw what appeared to be a harmless wrist shot on net, but it re-directed off Notre Dame defenseman Kevin Lind's skate and into the net at the 10:13 mark. A.J. White and Joseph Pendenza were credited with assists.
After getting a lead pass from defenseman Zack Kamrass, Arnold crossed over the blue line and made a few fakes before wristing a laser into the top corner of the net, beating Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays high glove side.The goal, coming at the 13:54 mark, gave the River Hawks a 2-0 lead.
Notre Dame out shot UMass Lowell, 10-9, for the period. River Hawks sophomore goaltender Connor Hellebuyck had to make a few high-end saves in the first half of the period in a two-three minute flurry.
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