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Hockey East Saturday Night Recap: BU Splits Series with North Dakota, Northeastern's Struggles Continue

BU did good by Hockey East in North Dakota, coming from behind to win 4-2.

From Merrimack @ Northeastern, 11/2/2012. Photo Credit to Zack Williamson <a href="http://www.williamsonvisuals.com/">
From Merrimack @ Northeastern, 11/2/2012. Photo Credit to Zack Williamson
Zack Williamson

Boston University trailed North Dakota 2-1 for much of their game Saturday night, but the Terriers poured it on late to give Hockey East a big non-conference win. Meanwhile, back in New England, Northeastern has a lot of questions to answer and Vermont earned a big win.

#12 BU 4, #5 North Dakota 2

It looked like the Terriers would be heading back to Boston with their tails between their legs, but three late goals for Jack Parker's squad tilted the scoreboard in BU's favor after NoDak held onto a 2-1 lead for what seemed like forever. Matt Lane's first collegiate goal proved to be the game-winner, as Wade Megan (Florida Panthers), Matt Nieto (San Jose Sharks) and Danny O'Reagan (San Jose Sharks) also lit the lamp for BU.

Matt O'Connor made 26 saves in the win, and you have to think that he's going to shoulder the bulk of the load the rest of the way as Sean Maguire (Pittsburgh Penguins) just doesn't seem to get the same support that O'Connor does.

at Merrimack 4, #15 Northeastern 2

The Warriors avenged an early-season loss to the Huskies by taking four points on the weekend; Northeastern won the first period, leading 2-0 after 20 minutes of play, but Merrimack got four unanswered goals from Shawn Bates, Mike Collins, Jordan Heywood and an empty-netter by Justin Hussar at the final horn to round out the scoring. Rasmus Tironen made 24 saves to earn the win.

at Vermont 2, Providence 0

Providence's hot streak came to an abrupt end as Brody Hoffman earned his first win in dramatic fashion, shutting down the Friars for 60 minutes. Vermont's goals came from Matt White and H.T. Lenz, and Providence wasn't able to convert on seven separate power plays. Hoffman stopped 24 shots in the win.