BOSTON -- The Boston University Terriers scored twice in the second period to take a 2-0 lead over the visiting Merrimack Warriors in the Hockey East quarterfinal opener on Friday night at Agganis Arena. BU held a 15-11 shots edge in the stanza for a 28-18 combined total.
Just 1:15 into the period, the Terriers looked to have a 1-0 lead as freshman Danny O'Regan picked the top of the net on Merrimack's Sam Marotta, but saw his 15th goal of the season called back on a goaltender interference call.
However, BU was able to respond and take the one-goal lead at the 6:10 mark of the stanza as senior captain Wade Megan was parked in front to tip a point shot through traffic from rookie defenseman Ahti Oksanen.
As a Merrimack power play concluded in the middle stages of the period, O'Regan was sprung through the middle of the ice, but put the puck wide as Marotta stuck out his pad to direct it past the post, keeping the score at 1-0 for the home team.
BU extended its lead at 16:48 as sophomore Evan Rodrigues fired a pass through traffic for a one-time score by junior Matt Nieto, his 17th goal of the season to overtake his total from last year.
Joshua Kummins covers Hockey East for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaKummins.