BU and Providence skate to a hard-fought tie
With less than seven minutes left in regulation, the Boston University hockey player Danny O’Regan scored a game-tying goal against Providence, forcing overtime. But neither team could score a goal in the extra frame and the final scoreboard read 3-3 at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers (13-9-1, 10-6-1 Hockey East Association) opened the scoring 17 minutes, 34 seconds into the first period on a goal by Ben Rosen. The senior tapped home a rebound off a shot by Matt Lane and beat Friars goaltender Jon Gillies.
Providence (10-10-4, 8-6-3 HEA) responded with a goal just 74 seconds later on a power play goal by senior Myles Harvey.
It was the Friars that took the initiative in the second period, taking their first lead of the night 4:27 into the frame on a goal by freshman Steven McParland.
BU answered with a goal of its own on a 5-on-3 power play by Matt Nieto, ending the second period in a 2-2 tie.
Less than a minute in the third period the Friars regained the lead on a goal by Shane Luke. It took O’Regan’s goal on a wraparound at the left post to even the score.
BU goalie Matt O’Connor made 26 saves, while Gilles finished with 28.
The Terriers play their next game at UMass at 7 p.m. Friday night while the Friars go on to play Connecticut on Thursday.
UNH rolls past Merrimack
New Hampshire topped Merrimack 6-2 on Saturday at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., to earn the Riverstone Cup.
Trevor van Riemsdyk earned Most Valuable Player honors with four assists in the game, while 10 different UNH players were involved in scoring and four players had multi-point efforts.
The Wildcats (15-6-2, 10-5-1 HEA) took a 1-0 lead into the second period, but the Warriors (10-10-5, 8-6-2 HEA) at 4:32 on a goal by Ben Bahe.
UNH quickly answered to the equalizer with three goals in a matter of eight minutes with tallies from Connor Hardowa, Dan Correale and Collin MacDonald.
Casey DeSmith made 35 saves for the Wildcats while Merrimack’s Sam Marotta stopped 22.
UNH plays again Friday night against Northeastern while the Merrimack hosts UMass Lowell.
Black Bears upset BC
Maine beat No. 3 Boston College Saturday night, 3-1, to earn its first weekend-sweep at Conte Forum since January 1993.
The Black bears (7-14-4, 3-9-4 HEA) took the lead early on a goal by Jon Swavely at 18:43, beating Eagles (14-7-2, 11-6-1 HE) netminder Brian Billett (26 saves) glove-side high.
The remained the same through the second period of play, but Maine got off to a fast start in the third period, scoring twice in a matter of ten minutes to give the Black Bears a 3-0 cushion over the top team in Hockey East.
Connor Leen scored on a rebound at 2:48 and Swavely followed at 13:44 for his second tally of the night.
BC did manage to get on the board. However, the goal came with just nine seconds remaining off a deflection by junior forward Patrick Brown.
Black Bears goalie Martin Ouellette made 24 saves for his fifth win of the season.
Maine hosts Providence on Friday while BC tries to avoid its fourth-straight loss at home when it hosts Vermont at 7 p.m.
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