UMass Lowell has mastered the art of finishing strong over the last several Hockey East seasons, thanks in large part of outstanding goaltending from the likes of Connor Hellebuyck and Kevin Boyle who are currently showing off their talents in the National Hockey League.
But the current duo of senior Christoffer Hernberg and junior Tyler Wall has made life awfully difficult ― or so one would think ― for head coach Norm Bazin with their outstanding play in recent weeks.
The two split this past weekend’s starts as the River Hawks earned four Hockey East points and improved to 9-0-1 over their first 10 games of the 2019 calendar year. Hernberg made 31 saves in Saturday’s 2-0 shutout against UMass, taking the net a night after Wall who stopped 28 en route to handing Boston College a 3-0 defeat.
“People sometimes question coaches for who they play, but both kids are competing awfully hard in practice,” Bazin said following Saturday’s win. “It's like (the Boston Bruins) playing (Jaroslav) Halak or Tuukka Rask. I don't think you can go wrong because both are great goalies.”