Boston University vs. Boston College In-Game: Terriers storm back for 6-3 win

Jeff Cox

Boston University advanced to its first Hockey East championship since 2009 with a 6-3 win over archrival Boston College on Friday night at TD Garden. The Terriers will face top seed UMass Lowell in a rematch of that contest five years ago.

FINAL: Boston University 6, Boston College 3

Shots on Goal: 16-11 BC (47-27 total)

With the win, the Terriers snap BC's 14-game winning streak on the TD Garden ice - a surface on which the Eagles' senior class had never lost.

Third Period

17:41 - BU GOAL, 6-3: Rodrigues ices it with a shorthanded empty-netter from BU's own zone - his 13th of the year and 2nd of the game.

17:06 - Milner is out. Eagles in desperation mode with 2:54 left, down 5-3.

16:02 - BC calls its timeout. Can Greg Brown and Mike Cavanaugh draw up some magic here? The Eagles will come out of the timeout on a two-minute power play as Grzelcyk is whistled for slashing.

13:43 - BC GOAL, 5-3: Whitney finds the five-hole of Maguire for his 26th goal of the season - a soft one that puts the Eagles within two with time ticking down.

BC senior goaltender Parker Milner last allowed five goals in a 5-1 loss to Providence on March 2 at Kelley Rink. The Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania native has amassed or exceeded that mark on five occasions this year.

8:25 - BU GOAL, 5-2: Steven Whitney goes off for a questionable high sticking call, and just 28 seconds into the infraction, O'Regan bats in a rebound emphatically past Milner for his second of the stanza. Milner has allowed

4:08 - Ben Rosen was parked out in front of Milner's goal, but his top of Grzelyck's shot was just wide.

1:42 - BU GOAL, 4-2: Freshman Danny O'Regan gives the Terriers a hefty cushion less than a minute into the major penalty as he spun in the circle for his 15th goal of the season, from freshman defenseman Ahti Oksanen.

1:08 - BU's Sean Escobedo was just taken out on a vicious hit from BC sophomore Johnny Gaudreau. Cross-checking is the call and the Terriers will have a five-minute major power play very early in the final stanza.

END OF SECOND: Boston University 3, Boston College 2

Shots on Goal: 13-9 BC (31-16 total)

Second Period

17:59 - BU GOAL, 3-2: In his first game back since suffering an injury in the last weekend of the regular season at Northeastern, junior defenseman Garrett Noonan chipped into the scoring with a power play tally. Without his partner Matt Grzelcyk making a great pass, the Norfolk, Mass. native would not have a sixth goal of the season now.

16:56 - BC freshman Michael Matheson was whistled for tripping after the Terriers finished off another up-ice rush with a near-miss play.

16:00 - Despite tying the score at two per side, the Terriers are still way down in the shots on goal department with a 30-13 disadvantage.

Tonight's attendance was also announced as 14,855.

14:21 - BU GOAL, 2-2: Freshman Matt Lane forced a turnover in BU's own zone and coasted down the right wing, before changing his stick handle and sending the puck through the five-hole of Milner for his fourth goal of the season. My goodness, have the tides turned... that's two goals in 2:04.

12:17 - BU GOAL, 2-1: What a goal from Terrier sophomore Evan Rodrigues as he stopped in the right circle and beat Milner with a pretty wrist shot for his 13th goal of the season. He dangled his way through the Boston College defense and fired the puck off an assist from junior Patrick MacGregor - what an effort. The Ontario native now has four goals and six assists in his last nine games.

8:46 - BC GOAL, 2-0: Sophomore Quinn Smith took a feed from senior Pat Mullane coasting into the offensive zone and beating Maguire high for his eighth goal of the season. The dominoes keep falling for BU; it is not looking good.

6:34 - Junior Patrick Brown was called for slashing to give the Terriers a power play, but senior Steven Whitney fired a shot just wide on the shorthand for the Eagles. Nothing just seems to be going right for the Terriers.

4:00 - Terrier freshman Matt Lane was robbed of a breakaway as he was called for touching the puck with a high stick. Just afterward, the Eagles got a power play as Ryan Ruikka was called for hooking.

1:06 - The Terriers need something in the way of offense on this power play to turn some of the momentum in this one. Michael Matheson, a stellar Eagle freshman defenseman, went off for interference.

END OF FIRST: Boston College 1, Boston University 0

Shots on Goal: Eagles 18, Terriers 7

First Period

18:33 - BC GOAL, 1-0: The Eagles were able to capitalize on the man-advantage as Bill Arnold got the final touch for his 17th goal of the season after rushing the puck up ice on a great checking play. Senior Steven Whitney and Gaudreau assisted on the play, setting the attack.

17:58 - After Gaudreau put a backhander high over BU's Sean Maguire, senior defender Sean Escobedo was called for a tripping call in front of the net, allowing the Eagles another chance on the power play.

13:32 - The play turned out to do no damage as the score remained 0-0. The Eagles are continuing to dominate the shots on goal count, which now stands 12-4.

11:32 - The Eagles will get their second crack in a row on the power play as Grzelyck, but the Eagles gave up a golden shorthanded opportunity to Rosen as he picked up the puck in the middle of the offensive zone, only to shoot high over the goal of Milner.

8:30 - Just out of the media timeout, the Eagles hold a 6-2 shots on goal edge...and the scoreboard also shows a very good Terry Francona look-a-like. I don't think it was him.

4:44 - Rosen's penalty was also knocked off the board without any damage. Down the other way, Terrier freshman Matt Grzelcyk, a Charlestown, Mass. native, got a great chance on Milner, but it was denied with the pad as he closed the five-hole following the rush up ice.

2:10 - BU got an early chance that slid by the goal in front of Eagle senior Parker Milner, but BC killed it off with relative ease to keep the score even at 0-0 in the final 130 seconds of the period. Just 14 seconds later, the Terriers were called for their first penalty of the game - a high-stick on senior Ben Rosen.

0:10 - The Terriers are already headed to the power play as sophomore Johnny Gaudreau, the Hockey East Player of the Year, was called for a tripping call in front of the penalty box.


Getting ready for the nightcap game of the Hockey East semifinals here at the TD Garden and what a contest it should be as the second-seeded Boston College Eagles (22-10-4, 15-9-3) face-off with their archrivals, the No. 3 Boston University Terriers (20-15-2, 15-10-2).

Here are the line-ups:


Wade Megan - Cason Hohmann - Sahir Gill
Matt Nieto - Danny O'Regan - Evan Rodrigues
Matt Lane - Ben Rosen - Sam Kurker
Mike Moran - Ryan Santana - Jake Moscatel

Sean Escobedo - Ryan Ruikka
Garrett Noonan - Matt Grzelcyk
Ahti Oksanen - Patrick MacGregor

Sean Maguire (12-7-0, 2.59, .924)
Anthony Moccia


Quinn Smith - Pat Mullane - Steven Whitney
Johnny Gaudreau - Bill Arnold - Destry Straight
Michael Sit - Patrick Brown - Brooks Dyroff
Colin Sullivan - Cam Spiro - Brendan Silk

Teddy Doherty - Patrick Wey
Michael Matheson - Patch Alber
Isaac MacLeod - Danny Linell

Parker Milner (22-9-4, 2.52, .915)
Brad Barone
Ryan Polischuk

Joshua Kummins covers Hockey East for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.

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