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Merrimack vs. Boston University final score: Terriers win Game 1, 3-0, behind Maguire shutout

The Boston University Terriers captured a win in the Hockey East Tournament for the 21st consecutive year as freshman Sean Maguire made 30 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Merrimack Warriors on Friday night at Agganis Arena.

BOSTON -- The Boston University Terriers captured a win in the Hockey East Tournament for the 21st consecutive year as freshman Sean Maguire made 30 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Merrimack Warriors on Friday night at Agganis Arena.

With the win, BU improves to 19-15-2 on the season and puts itself on the brink of going to the TD Garden for the conference semifinals for the 11th time in 12 seasons. Merrimack fell to 15-16-6 on the year as it dropped its fourth game of the year to the Terriers and their second in a row by three goals.

The Terriers put a third of the night on the board just 55 seconds into the third period as senior Ryan Santana had the ultimate whack past Sam Marotta for his second goal of the season, coming off an assist from freshman Danny O'Regan.

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