|1st||8:04||BU||1-0||SH||Jack Eichel (17)||-|
|1st||11:34||BU||2-0||EV GW||Ahti Oksanen (21)||J.J. Piccinich/2, Matt Grzelcyk/21|
|1st||13:53||BU||3-0||PP||Danny O'Regan (19)||Ahti Oksanen/9, Evan Rodrigues/31|
|1st||15:45||NOE||1-3||EV||Kevin Roy (19)||Dalen Hedges/25, Mike McMurtry/17|
|1st||16:11||BU||4-1||EV||Matt Grzelcyk (8)||Evan Rodrigues/32, Brandon Fortunato/14|
|2nd||18:19||BU||5-1||PP||Ahti Oksanen (22)||Jack Eichel/37, Matt Grzelcyk/22|
|3rd||18:22||BU||6-1||PP||Jack Eichel (18)||Danny O'Regan/22, Ahti Oksanen/10|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (21-7-5)||3/8||5/10||1|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Matt O'Connor (W, 18-3-4)||56:41||1||11||7||6||24|
|Clay Witt (L, 11-8-2)||60:00||6||10||13||6||29|
BOSTON - No. 4 Boston University (21-7-5, 14-5-3) used a four-goal first period and won 36-of-54 face-offs to skate to a 5-1 victory against the Northeastern men's ice hockey team (16-14-4, 11-9-2) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
With the loss, Northeastern finishes sixth in the Hockey East standings, and will host Merrimack in a best-of-three first round series beginning on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. from Matthews Arena.
Kevin Roy scored the lone goal for the Huskies, who were outshot 35-25 and received 20 saves from netminder Clay Witt on Senior Night. Ahti Oksanen (two goals, two assists) logged a four-point night while Matt Grzelcyk (one goal, two assists) Jack Eichel (two goals, one assist) contributed three points apiece.
The Terriers came out hard in the first period, turning the tables on the Huskies from last night and potting four goals in the first 20 minutes of play. The first came eight minutes into the contest when Jack Eichel took the puck coast-to-coast with BU shorthanded, beating Witt for his 17th goal of the year. Three minutes later, Ahti Oksanan made it 2-0 Boston University on a two-on-one rush with J.J. Piccinich. Piccinich's initial shot was stopped by Witt, but Oksanan crashed the cage in search of the rebound, and knocked it home for his 21st goal of the season.
Danny O'Regan put the Terriers up by three with 6:07 to go in the frame when he finished off some tic-tac-toe passing as Evan Rodrigues hit Oksanan down low before Oksanen fired it quickly across the O'Regan in the slot for the score.
Roy cut the deficit to two less than two minutes after the O'Regan tally when he received a feed from Dalen Hedges entering the zone, and Roy sniped a shot from the top of the left dot that beat O'Connor over the shoulder for Roy's 19th of the year and third tally of the week.
Boston University, however, struck right back just 26 seconds later when Matt Grzelcyk one-timed a pass from Rodrigues through a screen and past Witt to make it 4-1 Terriers.
Witt steered aside 13 shots in the second period as BU kept the pressure on, but a late Terrier goal extended their advantage to four goals. Early in the stanza, Hedges had a chance in the slot when he gathered a loose puck and blasted it on goal, but it caught O'Connor in the chest and the Terriers flew up ice on transition.
With the Terriers on the power play in the final minutes of the period, Oksanen buried his second goal of the night when he hammered home a loose puck off the stick of Eichel, beating Witt who could not come across the crease in time.
Penalties took over the third period, with each team being assessed three minor penalties. Boston University notched its third power play tally of the evening with 1:38 to go in regulation when Eichel's shot ricocheted off the leg of a Northeastern defenseman and past Witt.
The Huskies will be back in action on Friday night for the start of the conference playoffs against Merrimack. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
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