NCAA Tournament: West regional features #2 Minnesota while Northeast showcases #3 UMass Lowell

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Erik Haula - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Erik Haula is an integral part of the Golden Gophers' potent offensive attack heading into the 2013 NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

The 16-team field for this year’s NCAA Tournament is now set. While several of last year’s tournament participants are back, others are making return trips after missing the tournament for a year or more. The tournament will also have one participant making its first-ever appearance.

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Hellebuyck perfect as UMass Lowell takes Hockey East crown

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Connor Hellebuyck - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Photo: UMass Lowell goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck was named the MVP of the Hockey East tournament after giving up just one goal in two games (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

Despite not being able to score a goal until midway through the third period, UMass Lowell took the Hockey East Championship as its goalie, Connor Hellebuyck, stole the show.

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Eagles’ Mullane soars with linemate Gaudreau

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Pat Mullane - Boston College

Photo: Boston College captain Pat Mullane setup one goal in his team's Hockey East semi-final match vs Boston University, but it wasn't enough as the Terriers won, 6-3 (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

With Johnny Gaudreau on his wing the past two seasons, Boston College captain Pat Mullane has continued to develop at the college hockey level, and he will leave BC as a highly sought after unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks.

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Roy lives up to expectations in freshman season at Northeastern

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Kevin Roy - Northeastern University

Photo: After leading the USHL in scoring in 2011-12, Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Roy brought his scoring exploits to Northeastern University and did not disappoint (courtesy of Jim Pierce)

Northeastern’s 2012-13 season officially came to an end a little over a week ago with consecutive losses to Boston University, but the Huskies saw their playoff aspirations dashed the previous weekend after losing to and tying Maine in a two-game set. For freshman sensation Kevin Roy (ANA), the season ended even sooner as an injury sidelined him for Northeastern’s final five games.

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Lowry developing all-around skills at Cornell

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Joel Lowry - Cornell University

Photo: Cornell forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Joel Lowry is the son of former NHL player Dave Lowry and brother of Winnipeg Jets prospect Adam Lowry (courtesy of Patrick Shanahan/Cornell Athletic Communications)

Despite not having the WHL option as a 17-year-old, Joel Lowry has come into his own at Cornell since being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2011.

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