BOSTON — In 2009, a freshman goalie named Kieran Millan tallied 32 saves in the Hockey East championship game to lead Boston University to a 1-0 win over UMass Lowell.
Four years later, a freshman again took over the conference title game at TD Garden. But this time, he was wearing red, white and blue.
In just his 21st collegiate game, Connor Hellebuyck etched his name in the River Hawks history books Saturday night, turning aside 36 shots in a 1-0 win that gave top-seeded Lowell its first Hockey East title in school history.
“He’s been phenomenal,” UML head coach Norm Bazin said of his young goalie. “You don’t win a championship without a great goalie, and [Saturday] I thought he was spectacular. He made key stops at key moments to keep the game tied. You can’t say enough about the kid. … He was the difference tonight.”
In four postseason games, Hellebuyck, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, has allowed just four total goals. He backstopped the River Hawks to a tw...