March 22, 2013

Terriers stun Eagles, keep NCAA hopes alive

By Jesse Connolly

The Terriers scored three times in the second period to quickly erase a 2-0 deficit against archrival Boston College. (Dave Arnold Photography)

Final: Boston University 6, Boston College 3

Recap: With the Eagles holding a 2-0 lead thanks to tallies from Bill Arnold (Needham, Mass.) and Beanpot hero Quinn Smith -- and outshooting the Terriers by an absurd 29-10 margin -- this one looked like it was bound to be a runaway win for the reigning national champs. 

The underdogs, however, had other ideas. Boston University put three pucks past Parker Milner on just four shots in the span of 5:42 in the second period, giving themselves a sudden 3-2 edge. 

In the third, Danny O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) scored twice in a little over seven minutes to give the Terriers a comfortable three-goal cushion with roughly 11 minutes to play. BC managed to make it a two-goal game again when Steven Whitney scored his 26th goal of the season with 6:17 left, but that was as close as the Eagles would get. Evan Rodrigues iced it with the empty-netter.

Records: Boston University 21-15-2, 44 points; Boston College 22-11-4, 48 points

Key Play of the Game: Matt Lane's goal to tie the game at two apiece was simply electric, as the freshman forward turned on the jets to get in alone on Milner before faking him out of his pads and tucking the puck through the wickets. It stopped the Eagles dead in their tracks as BU completely took all of the momentum away.

Connolly's Commendations: Three cheers for whoever broke out the smelling salts and woke up the Terriers in the second period. That was really something else.

Sean Maguire deserves about two dozen pats on the back from each and every one of his teammates. The netminder kept BU in the game when it should've been a laugher in the Eagles' favor. 

O'Regan was the shining star offensively for the Terriers, as the freshman put the game out of reach with his two goals in the third. 

Connolly's Critiques: Just as we'll praise BU for coming alive midway through the game, we have to wonder what the heck happened to BC. They simply imploded. Beautiful goals or not, Milner certainly has to shoulder the bulk of the responsibility in this one.

Notes: Johnny Gaudreau was assessed a five-minute major for cross-checking Sean Escobedo in the third. Bu scored one goal during the ensuing power play. Jack Parker staved off retirement and BU kept its NCAA hopes alive as the Terriers advanced to the league championship game for the first time since 2009.

Next: BU and UML will meet Saturday night at 7 o'clock in the finals of the Hockey East tournament.

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