One of the things we're always told about Hockey East is that it's the best top-to-bottom conference in the country, and usually that's true.Last year, UMass Lowell finished first in the league with 34 points, only four ahead of fifth-place UNH, and 20 ahead of dead-last Northeastern. And while it's not usually that tight, things are often still more than a little difficult no matter who you're playing ...

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