|2nd||0:29||BU||1-0||EV GW||Ahti Oksanen (1)||Jack Eichel/3, Matt Grzelcyk/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Michigan State (1-2-0)||0/6||5/10||0|
|Boston University (2-0-0)||0/5||6/12||0|
|Michigan State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jake Hildebrand (L, 1-2-0)||58:35||1||14||16||9||39|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Matt O'Connor (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||0||8||7||14||29|
BOSTON - Junior Matt O'Connor stopped all 29 shots he faced to earn his first career shutout and classmate Ahti Oksanen provided the lone goal, as the No. 11/12 Boston University men's ice hockey team blanked Michigan State, 1-0, to win its 2014-15 home opener on Friday evening at Agganis Arena.
BU improves to 2-0-0 on the year while the Spartans move to 1-2-0. The Terriers will host No. 14 Michigan on Saturday (Oct. 25) at Agganis.
Oksanen backhanded a puck over MSU netminder Jake Hildebrand just 29 seconds into the second period for his first goal of the season. Freshman Jack Eichel and junior Matt Grzelcyk picked up assists on the tally.
O'Connor and the Terrier defense did the rest, cutting down on MSU's chances throughout the game. BU's penalty kill was a perfect 6-for-6 on the night.
Hildebrand made 39 saves in goal for the Spartans, who killed off all five of BU's power-play chances on the night.
The win gave Hockey East two points in the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge. Through 10 of 20 games in this year's Challenge, the two conference are tied in points, 12-12.
Though they did not score in the opening period, the Terriers put 14 shots on goal in the frame and created numerous scoring chances. After the first intermission, they wasted little time getting on the board.
After taking a pass from Grzelcyk along the left boards, Eichel skated towards the slot and found Oksanen skating through the right circle. Oksanen protected the puck from a MSU defender before roofing it. BU went on to put 17 shots on net in the second period.
The Spartans did not go down without a fight, however, threatening to score on a handful of chances in the third, including two more power-play opportunities.
O'Connor was up to the challenge though, and kept the visitors off the scoreboard to open his junior campaign with a clean sheet.
Grzelcyk added a team-best four blocked shots for the Terriers, who will be aiming for their first 3-0 start in six seasons when they take on the Wolverines (2-2-0) on Saturday.