Thursday, April 09, 2015

BU holds off North Dakota; Will face Providence in the final--UPDATED

Freshman Jack Eichel scored twice and added an assist to lead #2 BU past #1 North Dakota, 5-3, in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal. Terriers also received goals from Brandon Hickey, AJ Greer and Doyle Somerby as they built a 4-1 lead halfway through the second period. In the final minute of the period, Evan Rodrigues nearly extended the lead as he stole a pass inside the blueline and broke in on NoDak goalie Zane McIntyre, but his backhander was turned away.

With eight minutes left in regulation, a Matt O'Connor miscue led to a tap-in shorthanded goal and four minutes later, North Dakota narrowed the lead to one with a power play goal. ND threatened in the final minutes before  Cason Hohmann freed the puck over to Eichel, who fired a 130-foot shot into the empty net with 18 seconds left to seal with win. 

BU will meet Hockey East rival Providence in the national championship game on Saturday evening. The Friars defeated Nebraska-Omaha, 4-1 in the other semifinal. 

O'Connor stopped 36 shots and was immense in the second period, turning aside 15 of 16 shots, yielding only a power play goal. recap, comprehensive box score, photo gallery
NCAA video highlights 
Post-game press conference: Quinn, Eichel, Hickey, Hohmann
Weighart: Unlikely suspects
 CBS Eye On Hockey game recap
WEEI College Blog game recap
Daily Free  Press game recap
Boston Hockey Blog Pluses & Minuses
USCHO recap, Greer's laser, notebook, Greer brings grit to 2nd line, post-game comments: Greer, O'Connor (video
College Hockey News: BU survives scare, Hohmann sets up clincher, O'Connor: Late Recovery recap
BU Hockey Twitter tweets & images
SB Nation: Terriers hang on to topple North Dakota  
● Boston Globe: game recap, BU again in position to make  history   
Boston Herald: Terriers earn final say
● Grand Forks Herald: Freshman provides winning touch

Photo credit:Matt Dewkett
Photo credit:Steve McLaughlin

The winner of the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be announced at 5 p.m. today (Friday) at Matthews Arena. The Hobey Hattrick Finalists are BU's Jack Eichel, North Dakota's Zane McIntyre and Harvard's Jimmy Vesey. Now home to the Northeastern Huskies, Matthews--born as Boston Arena--was the Terriers home ice through the 1970-71 season.
The event is open to the public and free. (Details)
Boston Herald: Matthews is the perfect venue

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