By Matt Noonan
Boston University’s Danny O’Regan lifted the Terriers past the Yale University Bulldogs in the Northeast Regional Semifinal on Friday afternoon in Manchester, New Hampshire with an overtime goal – his 22nd of the season – that extended the Red and White’s campaign for an additional day.
BU will face the winner of Minnesota/Minnesota-Duluth tomorrow (Mar. 28) at the Verizon Wireless Center, face-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
O’Regan’s game-clinching tally occurred 7:27 into the extra session as he buried a rebound over Yale’s netminder Alex Lyon following assists from Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues.
BU trailed, 1-0, after two sessions as Nate Repensky provided the Bulldogs with a one-goal advantage – a power play strike – at 13:19 in the second period. Ahti Oksanen evened the score with an even-strength goal at 8:21 before Rodrigues provided the Terriers with their initial lead at 11:20, scoring off a pass from O’Regan.
Yale tied the game at 2-2 as Frankie DiChiara sailed the puck past Matt O’Connor at 13:12.
O’Connor, who improved to 23-3-4 between the pipes for the Terriers, blocked 21 shots, including 12 in the second period. Lyon, who concluded his team’s season with a 17-10-5 mark in net, turned away 39 shots – 11 in the opening period, 11 in the second stanza and 12 in the third session.
Rodrigues and O’Regan paced BU with two points (one goal, one assist) and Yale’s DiChiara ended his season with one goal and one assist.
BU entered the Frozen Four following back-to-back wins last weekend in the Hockey East Tournament, downing University of New Hampshire and University of Massachusetts-Lowell in the semifinal and finals. The Terriers earned the top seed in the Northeast Regional. This is the 33rd year in program history that the Terriers have competed in the NCAA Tournament with their last championship occurring in 2009 – their fifth in program history.