BOSTON - The No. 7 Boston University men's ice hockey team won the 2022-23 Hockey East regular-season title after a 6-4 victory over Providence on Friday night at Agganis Arena.
BU (23-10-0, 17-6-0 HE) celebrated its Class of 2023 in the best possible way, as the Terriers' win over Providence (14-12-7, 9-8-6 HE), coupled with a Northeastern loss to UMass Lowell, clinched the program's 11th Hockey East regular-season title and first since the 2016-17 season.
The Terriers battled back from an early 2-0 deficit, scoring three times in the first period and adding a fourth goal early in the second period to take a 4-2 lead. Providence cut the lead back to one, but freshman Quinn Hutson's second goal of the night gave the Terriers' a 5-3 lead and proved to be the game-winner.
Quinn and his brother and classmate Lane combined for four goals, as each Hutson lit the lamp twice. Seniors WIlmer Skoog and Matt Brown scored the other two Terrier goals and each added an assist to complete two-point nights. Seniors Sam Stevens and Jay O'Brien recorded two assists apiece while classmates Domenick Fensore and Case McCarthy both recorded a helper. Freshmen Ryan Greene and Jeremy Wilmer, along with sophomore Ty Gallagher, also notched one assist each.
Junior goaltender Drew Commesso made 22 saves to earn the win. Graduate student Patrick Schena made his Terrier debut, replacing Commesso for the final nine seconds of the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Providence scored twice in a span of 54 seconds to take a 2-0 lead just 3:12 into the proceedings.
- Skoog got BU on the board at the 11:03 mark on a great play in transition. Brown fed the puck to Gallagher, who gained the blue line and dropped it back for Skoog. He then made a nice move to get to the slot and uncork a shot past Philip Svedebäck (6 saves).
- Quinn Hutson evened the score just 2:23 later. Wilmer was the star of the play, as he worked hard to retrieve the puck in the corner, skate past a defender who was draped all over him and then, as he was falling to the ice, dish the puck to Hutson at the right post for the tap-in.
- Lane Hutson gave BU its first lead of the game with 2:54 to play in the first when he banked the puck in off of new Friar goalie Austin Roden (21 saves).
- The dynamic defender then notched his second of the game 5:21 into the second stanza with a wrist shot from the top of the zone.
- Liam Valente cut the Terrier lead to one just 32 seconds later, but Quinn Hutson restored the Terriers' two goal edge at the 10:04 mark. Fensore played the puck ahead to Hutson, who collected the pass at the Providence blue line and skated in alone on Roden before tucking away his 12th goal of the season.
- Providence got within one at 3:20 of the third period, but Brown needed just 22 seconds to make it a 6-4 game when he took advantage of a fortuitous bounce in front of the net. The puck hopped off of Skoog's skate and onto the stick of Brown, who quickly fired home his 15th goal of the season.
- Brown and Lane Hutson are once again 1-2 in Hockey East with 43 and 41 points, respectively.
- Hutson is the first freshman defenseman since Adam Fox in 2016-17 to reach 40 points; Fox finished with 40 points on six goals and 34 assists.
- No other NCAA defenseman has more goals (12), assists (29) or points (41) than Hutson.
- Fensore and O'Brien both extended their respective point streaks to three games apiece.
- Brown is three points away from 100 for his collegiate career.
- Quinn Hutson has scored two of the Terriers' last three game-winning goals, with Fensore providing the primary assist both times.
- In fact, Fensore has assisted on the last four Terrier game-winners.
- BU outshot Providence, 33-26.
- The Terriers have scored a goal in nine straight periods.
- BU will close out the regular season on Saturday at Providence.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.