Boston University Athletics

BU comes back twice, beats BC in OT to advance to Hockey East championship game

Scott McLaughlin
March 16, 2018 - 9:37 pm

There were several occasions throughout Friday night’s Hockey East semifinal when things weren’t looking good for Boston University, but the Terriers kept finding ways to respond and wound up coming away with a 4-3 overtime victory over rival Boston College to keep their season alive.

They fell behind 1-0 just 46 seconds into the game. They trailed 2-0 early in the second period. After fighting back to tie the game, they gave up a go-ahead goal with just 5:19 left in regulation. Then after tying it again, they found themselves getting dominated in overtime to the tune of a 10-1 BC shot advantage at one point.

Yet the Terriers kept hanging on. And then, 15:40 into overtime, Shane Bowers wrapped around the BC net and found Patrick Curry in front to send BU to Saturday night’s conference championship game, where it will meet either Northeastern or Providence.

Boston College opened the scoring just 46 seconds into the game when Connor Moore stepped into a slap shot from the left point and beat Jake Oettinger through traffic. The rest of the first period was fairly uneventful, though. BC didn’t have a single shot on goal in the final 12 minutes of the period, and while the Terriers did have 13 shots on goal in the frame, most of them were from the outside and not dangerous.

The Eagles struck again 3:26 into the second on a 4-on-4 when David Cotton set up Julius Mattila in front. But then they once again took a nap for the remainder of the period, and this time BU made them pay.

Ty Amonte cut BC’s lead to 2-1 midway through the second when he got BC goalie Joseph Woll down with some patience in front and scored. Just over a minute later, the Terriers tied it when Chad Krys made a great cross-slot pass to set up a David Farrance one-timer.

The game remained deadlocked for a much more evenly played third period until BC’s Christopher Brown broke the tie with 5:19 to go when he closed down on a big scramble in the BU crease and buried a loose puck.

It took the Terriers just 45 seconds to answer, though. Jordan Greenway, whose size and puck control gave BC problems all game, held off a defender as he took the puck down low before making a gorgeous pass to set up Drew Melanson right in front.

The Terriers still need to win Saturday night to make the NCAA tournament, as their Pairwise ranking won't be good enough to get an at-large bid if they lose. The Eagles, meanwhile, now cling to the slimmest of hopes of getting an at-large bid -- as of 9:30 p.m., they still mathematically have a chance to get in, but that changes if one or two results don't go their way.