|1st||14:34||UNH||1-0||EV||Tyler Kelleher (18)||Andrew Poturalski/15|
|1st||17:38||BU||1-1||EV||Cason Hohmann (9)||Matt Grzelcyk/24, John MacLeod/7|
|2nd||9:53||BU||2-1||EV GW||Chase Phelps (2)||Nick Roberto/7, Mike Moran/1|
|3rd||13:45||BU||3-1||EV||Jack Eichel (21)||Evan Rodrigues/37, Danny O'Regan/24|
|3rd||17:33||BU||4-1||EV EN||Jack Eichel (22)||Evan Rodrigues/38|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (19-19-2)||0/4||3/6||0|
|Boston University (24-7-5)||0/3||4/8||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Daniel Tirone (L, 14-6-0)||59:24||3||7||11||9||27|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Matt O'Connor (W, 21-3-4)||60:00||1||10||9||13||32|
BOSTON, Mass. - The Boston University Terriers advanced to the 31st Hockey East Tournament Championship game with a 4-1 victory over the University of New Hampshire Wildcats tonight at TD Garden. The Terriers advance to the championship game for the 11th time in program history. The Terriers will square off against the UMass Lowell River Hawks for the 31st annual Hockey East Tournament Championship on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
The Wildcats opened the scoring in the first period with a goal by sophomore forward Tyler Kelleher at 14:34. Freshman forward Andrew Poturalski stole the puck at the top of the right wing circle and backhanded a pass to Kelleher in the slot. Kelleher wristed a shot five-hole on Terriers netminder Matt O'Connor for the score. Kelleher's shot squeaked through the pads and into the back of the net for his fourth goal in this year's Hockey East Playoffs.
The Terriers answered by tying the score at 1-1 with a goal from senior forward Cason Hohmann at 17:38 of the opening period. On a delayed penalty call, freshman defenseman John MacLeod received the puck at the right point before playing it to junior defenseman Matt Grzelcyk at the left blueline. Grzelcyk wasted no time sending the puck to the bottom of the left wing circle for Hohmann. The forward then fired a shot that beat Wildcats goaltender Danny Tirone for the goal.
The Terriers took the lead for good, at 2-1, when freshman forward Chase Phelps scored at 9:53 of the second period. Sophomore forward Nick Moran skated the puck behind the left side of the net and around to the opposite side of the net before turning in to a wrist shot producing a rebound on the goal mouth. Phelps jumped on the rebound and swiped a backhand that went top shelf on the stick side of O'Connor for the eventual game-winning goal.
Freshman forward Jack Eichel tipped in a rebound to give the Terriers a 3-1 lead at 13:45 of the third period. Junior forward Danny O'Regan gained possession of a loose puck in the right wing circle and immediately fed senior forward Evan Rodrigues between the face-off circles. Rodrigues wristed a shot deflecting off of Tirone and ricocheting behind him. Eichel swiped at the bouncing puck and buried it for the goal.
Eichel capped the scoring with an empty-net goal at 17:33 of the final frame. Rodrigues flipped a backhand shot from the red line that hit the post and settled in front of the net. The racing Eichel won the foot race and tipped in the puck for his second goal of the game.
Game notes: The Terriers advanced to play the HEA Championship game for the 11th time in league history...The Terriers are 7-3 in HEA Championship games all-time...Freshman forward Jack Eichel has 63 (22-41-63) points on the season, the most by a freshman since Ryan Carter had 63 for Iona in 1998-99...Eichel extended his point streak to 11 games (7-16-23)...Junior defenseman Matt Grzelcyk extended his point streak to 10 games (8-6-14)...The Terriers went 2-0 in the regular season against the River Hawks...The Terriers and River Hawks are meeting in the postseason for the 11th time, with the Terriers leading 8-2-0 all-time...The teams are also meeting for the fourth time in the Hockey East Championship game (Terriers are 2-1 in their previous meetings).