BOSTON - The No. 19 Boston University men's ice hockey team closed out the regular season with 5-0 victory over crosstown rival Northeastern on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. Freshman Sean Maguire turned in a 26-save shutout for the Terriers, who earned the No. 3 seed for the Hockey East tournament and will host Merrimack in next weekend's quarterfinals.
Freshman Danny O'Regan tallied a goal and two assists and junior Sahir Gill closed out BU's four-goal third period with back-to-back tallies to help the Terriers finish the regular season with an overall record of 18-15-2 (15-10-2 Hockey East).
BU, which has won four of its last five contests, scored on two of its five power-play chances and added an extra-attacker marker.
O'Regan scored the lone goal of the first period when he converted at 7:01 from the left dot with the Terriers skating on a major power play.
The Terrier defense allowed just two shots on goal in the opening period and kept the visitors off the board before building the lead the third.
Sophomore Evan Rodrigues made it a 2-0 contest when he sent home a pass from O'Regan just 1:12 into the third. Their linemate, junior Matt Nieto, scored an extra-attacker goal at 12:52 by following up his own rebound from the right side.
Up 3-0, the Terriers continued to put on the pressure, as Gill scored his first marker of the night just 38 seconds after Nieto's. He completed his two-goal night at 17:04 when he redirected a shot by junior Matt Ronan past Northeastern goaltender Chris Rawlings to create the 5-0 final. Ronan collected his first collegiate point with the assist.
Rawlings also made 26 saves for the Huskies, who finish their season with a record of 9-21-4 (5-18-4 Hockey East).
The Terriers will begin their best-of-three series with Merrimack on Friday (March 15). Game times for the quarterfinals will be announced once the league's television schedule has been finalized.