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NCAA Weekend Hockey -- Levi's Championship & Portillo's Offense (w/video)

Buffalo's college goalie prospects had sparkling weekends between the pipes, all while accomplishing something rare in what was two exciting nights of NCAA Division One hockey.

Northeastern swept Merrimack, 6-1 & 1-0

Devon Levi stopped 59 of 60 shots in the home-and-home set, but the big story was what happened with less than ten seconds left in the game two.

The Huskies were aware UMass-Amherst and UMass-Lowell had lost previously, but needed to win in regulation time to earn their first Hockey East regular season title in 38 years of trying. And that's exactly what happened when Aiden McDonough scored with 9.6 seconds left.

Levi is certain to be named Hockey East's top goalie when post-season awards are announced. His statistics -- 20-8-1 record, 1.45 GAA, .953 Save Pct., 10 shutouts -- lead the conference by considerable margins.

Northeastern next -- March 12, Hockey East quarterfinal v opponent TBD, in Boston

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Michigan swept Michigan State, 4-1 & 8-0

The second seeded Wolverines completely overwhelmed a bad Spartans team in this Big Ten quarterfinal series played in Ann Arbor.

Erik Portillo had to be sharper in game one than then next night, and only let one puck past him. The sophomore had 23 saves in each game.

Portillo was more likely talking about his offense than his shot-stopping in Saturday's post-game discussion. He was credited with two assists in the rout, upping his season total to four.

Owen Power was strangely silent statistically over the weekend. The sophomore defenseman didn't register a point in either game.

Michigan next -- March 12, Big Ten semifinal v opponent TBD, in Ann Arbor

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North Dakota and Omaha split, 5-4 & 4-1

Visiting ND clinched part of the NCHC regular season title with Friday's triumph, but Saturday's defeat allowed Denver to share the spoils. ND and Denver finished with 53 points.

Matteo Costantini assisted on Friday night's game winner for his only weekend point. The freshman pushed his season totals to 7 goals, 13 assists, 20 points.

North Dakota next -- March 11 & 12, NCHC quarterfinal series v Colorado College, in Grand Forks

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