|1st||9:37||USJ||1-0||SH||Noah Hanafin||Chase De Leo, Cole Cassels|
|1st||10:01||USJ||2-0||SH||Jack Eichel||Will Butcher, Jack Dougherty|
|2nd||2:04||USJ||3-0||EV GW||Chase De Leo||Sonny Milano, Anthony Louis|
|2nd||11:47||BU||1-3||EV||Brandon Hickey||Brandon Fortunato, Nick Roberto|
|3rd||9:21||USJ||4-1||EV||JT Compher||Jeremy Bracco, Nick Schmaltz|
|3rd||11:31||BU||2-4||EV||Danny O'Regan||Brandon Hickey, Brandon Fortunato|
|3rd||19:32||USJ||5-2||EV EN||Anthony DeAngelo||Sonny Milano, Chase De Leo|
|US World Junior Team||2||1||2||5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|US World Junior Team||15||10||16||41|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|US World Junior Team||0/1||2/4||2|
|US World Junior Team Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brandon Halverson (W)||29:43||0||1||5||0||6|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Connor LaCouvee (L)||38:45||2||0||9||14||23|
BOSTON - Playing in Walter Brown Arena for the first time in nearly 10 years, the top-ranked Boston University men's ice hockey team hosted the U.S. National Junior Team on Friday night. Team USA skated to a 5-2 victory in the exhibition contest.
The Terriers skated against freshman Jack Eichel, who participated in the U.S. National Junior Team's training camp all week. Eichel scored a shorthanded goal in the first period and will likely be one of the players on the final roster for the World Junior Championship, which begins on Dec. 26.
Freshman Brandon Hickey had a goal and an assist while classmate and defensive partner Brandon Fortunato chipped in a pair of assists. Junior Danny O'Regan had the Terriers' other goal while Nick Roberto also had a helper. Junior goaltender Matt O'Connor played the first period before freshman Connor LaCouvee relieved him for the final 40 minutes.
Team USA staked itself to a 2-0 lead with a pair of shorthanded goals in a 24-second span halfway through the first period. Eichel scored the second of the two strikes; he entered the game with one shorthanded goal to his credit as a Terrier. O'Connor made 13 saves in a busy opening frame in which BU was outshot, 15-1.
It was a much-improved effort for BU in the second period, as the Terriers managed eight shots on goal to 10 for Team USA. With the Americans out to a 3-0 lead, Hickey got a goal back at the 11:47 mark of the stanza. Senior Cason Hohmann won an offensive-zone draw and sophomore Nick Roberto dished the puck back to Fortunato. The freshman defenseman slid the puck to Hickey at the top of the zone, from where he unleashed a shot that found the back of the net.
With Team USA holding a 4-1 advantage, O'Regan brought the crowd on its feet with 8:29 remaining in regulation. Fortunato got the puck to Hickey at the top of the left circle. His bid was kicked aside by Team USA netminder Alex Nedelijkovic, but O'Regan was in front to put away the rebound.
The Terriers pulled LaCouvee in favor of an extra attacker with 1:43 to play and Anthony DeAngelo potted an empty-netter to close the scoring. It was a crisp, clean contest with the teams combining for just three penalties on the night.
BU will enjoy a two-week respite before returning to action on Saturday, Jan. 3, when the Terriers welcome reigning national champion Union to Agganis Arena.