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Hockey East roundup: BU, Lowell close first half of league play with wins; UMass swept by 'Gate

Boston University 1, Maine 0
Junior defenseman Garrett Noonan scored the lone goal of the game just 7:13 into the contest as the Terriers edged visiting Maine during their only visit of the season to Agganis Arena. Rookie Sean Maguire made 28 saves en route to his second shutout in as many games for the Scarlet and White, which returns to the ice following the semester break, on Dec. 29 at Denver. Maine had a great chance late as BU senior Ben Rosen was called for a five-minute major, but the Black Bears were unable to capitalize and get the game-tying goal in support of junior Martin Ouellette as he fell to 1-5-2 on the season. With the win, the Terriers enter the holidays as one of just three Hockey East teams to have reached the ten-win plateau in the first half of the season. The all-time series between the two storied rivals has seen 11 total shutouts, with seven coming from the BU net. The Black Bears fell to 2-11-2 with the loss and face Minnesota-Duluth on Dec. 28 at the Florida College Classic in Estero.

UMass-Lowell 2, Northeastern 0

Colgate 5, Massachusetts 2
Adam Phillips scored for a third straight game for the Minutemen, but it was not enough as the Raiders completed a series sweep on Saturday in Amherst. The 6'6" junior from Michigan scored just 6:06 into the game as he registered his fifth point of the weekend, while classmate Branden Gracel tied a career-high with his seventh goal of the season at 12:41. Colgate senior Kurtis Bartliff scored twice against sophomore Kevin Boyle (18 saves) in the third period, pacing the visiting offense. UMass makes a quick Tuesday trip to Yale to close the pre-holiday schedule.

U.S. Under-18 Team 3, Merrimack 1
Despite a goal from rookie John Gustafsson, the Warriors fell in an afternoon exhibition contest to the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's Under-18 Team at Lawler Arena. Each of the Warrior goalies saw a period of action, with senior Nick Drew making his first-career start. New Hampshire recruit and Longmeadow, Mass. native Tyler Kelleher scored USA's first goal just 98 seconds into the game. Merrimack hosts Army on Tuesday.

Joshua Kummins is the Hockey East beat writer and a weekend editor for SB Nation Boston. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.