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Northeastern vs. Boston University final score: Terriers finish off 4-2 win over rivals at Matthews

No. 19 Boston University finished off a 4-2 victory over Northeastern on Friday night at Matthews Arena in Boston, keeping the Terriers alive in Hockey East home ice contention.

BOSTON -- The Boston University Terriers came out firing in the third period, scoring twice in the first 5:30, and were able to coast through en route to a 4-2 win over the host Northeastern Huskies on Friday night at Matthews Arena. NU held the shots on goal edge in the final period, 11-8, but the Terriers had the advantage for the whole game at 37-33.

With the victory, the Terriers, which are now assured to finish the season on the positive side of .500 for the season, earned their first win over the Huskies since March 2, 2012 - a 5-2 decision at Matthews Arena. Northeastern dropped to 9-20-4 and was winless over its final 11 home games.

BU scored the first two goals of the stanza to jump to a commanding 4-1 lead, led off by a beautiful centering feed from junior Matt Nieto to freshman Danny O'Regan for the tip-in between the legs of NU senior Chris Rawlings at 2:14.

At 5:28, another rookie got into the scoring act for the Terriers as sophomore Cason Hohmann came out of the penalty box and fed rookie Matt Lane for the top-shelf score on Rawlings for the Rochester, New York native's fourth goal of the season, giving BU a three-goal edge.

The Huskies clawed back to a 4-2 deficit as junior Cody Ferriero took a shot that bounced off the back glass and right onto the stick of sophomore Adam Reid for the rebound, beating BU's Sean Maguire.

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