March 14, 2011

Playoff roundup: Northeastern downs BU, heads to Garden

Staff Report

Robbie Vrolyk (photo: Dave Arnold Photography)

BOSTON -- Freshman forward Brodie Reid scored two goals and added an assist to help lift Northeastern into the Hockey East semifinals with a 5-4 win against Boston University on Sunday night at Agganis Arena.

The win allowed the sixth-seeded Huskies (14-15-8) to win the quarterfinal series two games to one. They’ll play top-seeded Boston College in the early semifinal (5 p.m.) Friday at TD Garden.

Second-seeded UNH will face fourth-seeded Merrimack in the late semifinal.

The 13th-ranked Terriers (19-12-8) garnered goals from four different players, but fell behind 2-0 early and were playing catch-up the rest of the way.

Chris Rawlings made 31 saves for Northeastern, which got goals from Cody Ferriero (Essex, Mass.), Steve Silva (Tyngsboro, Mass.) and Wade MacLeod.

Sophomore Alex Chiasson, classmate Wade Megan and freshman Matt Nieto scored power-play goals for BU, while sophomore Justin Courtnall also tallied.

The Huskies skated to a 5-2 lead with 2:14 left in the game before Courtnall and Megan scored goals in the final 1:22 to account for the final score.

Kieran Millan made 27 saves for the Terriers.

ECAC HOCKEY

Dartmouth 4, Harvard 3

HANOVER, N.H. -- Freshman Matt Lindlbad broke out of a five-game scoring slump to tally two goals in the third period, lifting Dartmouth over Harvard in the final game of their ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series.

The Big Green (18-11-3) will play fourth-seeded Cornell in the ECAC Hockey semifinals in Atlantic City on Friday.

Lindblad and Evan Stephens both proved heroic in the final period of play as the Big Green rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead with one minute remaining on the clock.

Harvard was not going to go down without a fight as coach Ted Donato (Dedham, Mass.) pulled his goalie in favor of the extra skater with over two minutes remaining. The Crimson were able to get one back at 19:40 with a power play strike by Alex Fallstrom but the Big Green held on with both the defense and netminder James Mello (Rehoboth, Mass.) coming up big in the waning seconds.

Mello finished the day with 35 saves, while Harvard goalie Ryan Carroll had 27 saves.

Yale 4, St. Lawrence 2

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four different players scored for second-seeded Yale, which finished off a two games to one ECAC Hockey quarterfinals series win over the seventh-seeded Saints.

The Bulldogs got goals from Chris Cahill and Brian O’Neill to lead 2-0 through one period. Kevin Limbert in the second and Broc Little (Rindge, N.H.) added another in the third.

Ryan Rondeau earned the win in goal with 21 saves.

Yale (25-6-1) will face No. 12 seed Colgate in Friday’s first semifinal at 4:30 p.m. The Raiders shocked top-seeded Union in overtime, 4-3, to win their series two games to one.

Cornell 3, Quinnipiac 2 (OT)

ITHACA, N.Y. – Joe Devin (Scituate, Mass.) sent the fourth-seeded Big Red on to the semifinals with his sudden-death, series winning goal at 10:41 of overtime.

Cornell (15-14-3) advances to play Dartmouth in the semifinals.

The game-winner was the second goal of the game for Devin, who put his team up 2-0 midway through the second period.

Scott Zurevinski and Yuri Bouharevich scored for the eighth-seeded Bobcats, whose season ends at 16-15-8.