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Frozen Four: Boston University Captures Northeast Regional (Roundup)

By Matt Noonan 

Boston University punched its ticket to the ‘Frozen Four’ – TD Garden in Boston, Mass. – as the Terriers defeated Minnesota-Duluth, 3-2, on Saturday evening in the second round of the NCAA Northeast Regional at Verizon Wireless Arena.

BU’s Evan Rodrigues netted two goals, including the game-winner at 17:36 in the third period – his 21st strike of the season – which secured the Terriers a return trip to the TD Garden.

BU's Evan Rodrigues netted a pair of goals, which lifted the Terriers past Minnesota-Duluth this evening, 3-2, in the Northeast Regional Final. (Photo Credit: BU.edu)

BU’s Evan Rodrigues netted a pair of goals, which lifted the Terriers past Minnesota-Duluth this evening, 3-2, in the Northeast Regional Final. (Photo Credit: BU.edu)

Last weekend, the Terriers earned back-to-back wins at the Garden on Causeway Street, downing New Hampshire and UMass Lowell en route to winning the Hockey East crown. BU secured the top spot in their region and rallied to defeated Yale yesterday, 3-2, in overtime.

Rodrigues opened the scoring for the Red and White in the opening stanza by locating the back of the Bulldogs’ cage at 7:17 in the first period. Minnesota-Duluth responded Willie Raskob, who scored his fourth goal of the season, which made it 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Matt Lane pushed BU ahead, 2-1, at 3:32 in the second period, but again, the Bulldogs countered with Kyle Osterberg that made it 2-2 after two periods of play.

Matt O’Connor picked up his 24th win between the pipes, deflecting 27 shots, including 11 attempts in both the first and second period. Kasimir Kaskisuo concluded his season 18-14-3 and with 27 saves.

Before BU captured the regional finals, Boston College fell to Denver, 5-2, in the East Regional Semifinal in Providence, Rhode Island.

Will Butcher and Grant Arnold each lit the lamp for Denver during the final stanza that pushed the Pioneers ahead for good. Michael Matheson and Ryan Fitzgerald netted the Eagles’ goals.

In South Bend, Indiana, Jimmy Vesey brought Harvard within one-goal of Nebraska-Omaha early in the third period (2-1), but the Mavericks dashed the Crimson’s potential rally, potting back-to-back open-net goals to secure the win (4-1), their first-ever in NCAA Tournament play.

Frozen Four: Boston University’s O’Regan Lifts Terriers Past Yale In OT

Boston University junior Danny O'Regan (Needham, Mass.) netted the game-winning goal on Friday that lifted the Terriers past Yale in the Northeast Region Semifinal. (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

Boston University junior Danny O’Regan (Needham, Mass.) netted the game-winning goal on Friday that lifted the Terriers past Yale in the Northeast Region Semifinal. (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

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.

Mass. College Hockey: Notes From Friday’s Contests

By Matt Noonan 

Here are some news and notes from yesterday’s contests.

  • Six different Boston College skaters found the back of the net last night, which helped the Eagles earn a 6-2 victory over UNH, along with their ninth win of the season. Johnny Gaudreau potted his 13th strike of the year, while Kevin Hayes scored his ninth goal in the second period. First-year forward Austin Cangelosi finished with three points (one goal, two assists). Cangelosi has now registered three-points in three contests this season.
  • Merrimack College has trailed 14 times this season, but has come back twice to win. Last night, they rallied to beat Boston University, 3-2, which snapped a seven-game winless stretch. Over the last seven games, the Warriors were 0-6-1.
  • BU’s women’s team picked up their 13th win of the season as the Terriers skated past Minnesota Duluth, 6-5. Kerrin Sperry recorded her second consecutive 35-plus save performance, while Sarah Lefort registered three points (two goals, one assist).
  • Harvard’s women’s team topped New Hampshire last night in Cambridge, 5-0. The win marks the Crimson’s eighth consecutive victory, as well as Brianna Laing‘s second career shutout in her second career start.
  • Bentley University’s men’s team improved to 6-7-1 this season thanks to a hat trick from Alex Grieve, as well as three assists by Brett Gensler. As noted in last night’s release, Gensler’s three assists helped the senior break the program’s Division I record for career points.
  • Babson College improved to 5-0-0 in the ECAC East for the first time since their 1994-95 campaign as the Beavers skated past Southern Maine, 5-2. Babson has outscored its opponents 9-3 in the third period this season and has not yielded a goal during the final 20 minutes in four consecutive contests.
  • Travis Daniel became the 13th player to reach the 100-point milestone in UMass Boston’s program history as the Beacons defeated University of New England for the second time in five days. Daniel’s assist in the second period provided him with his 100th point.

Mass. College Hockey: D1 Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another weekend of college hockey in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Division 1 Notebook.

Men’s Ice Hockey:

* Merrimack College’s Dan Kolomatis was named this weekend’s Hockey East Player of the Week after he posted five points in two days. The junior defensemen recorded two assists in Friday’s 3-2 setback to Mercyhurst before he recorded two assists and one goals (three points) on Saturday.

* Northeastern University’s Mike Szmatula was named this week’s Pro Ambitions Co-Rookie of the Week by registering two assists and one goal against Holy Cross. Massachusetts’s junior goaltender Steve Mastalerz was the other recipient, who finished the weekend with 62 saves against Michigan State.

* After four games, NU’s Kevin Roy leads all skaters with nine points (five goals and four assists). He’s averaging 2.25 points per game. Szmatula is second overall with eight points (one goal, seven assists), while Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau ranks third with seven points (two goals, five assists).

* Switching gears, Harvard begins its 2013-14 campaign on Saturday when they host Bentley for a 7:30 p.m. face-off. The two teams met last year with Harvard prevailing, 5-0.

Games To Watch:

* Keep an eye on UMass Lowell vs. Michigan State, two teams that have sustained a few bumps out of the starting gate. MSU dropped two straight last weekend, while UML fell to Quinnipiac. Both games will be played in Michigan and are apart of the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge.

* Another game to watch is Northeastern vs. St. Lawrence. The Huskies are off to a 4-0 start, and will look to keep their early season momentum going.

* Finally, make sure to track Boston University vs. Michigan. The Terriers have won three of their last four contests and will look to earn a fourth or fifth win before the weekend concludes.

Women’s Ice Hockey:

* Harvard’s Sarah Edney recorded a goal and an assist for the Crimson in her team’s first win last weekend against McGill. The Crimson return to the ice this weekend with two early ECAC conference tilts against Quinnipiac and Princeton.

* BC’s Taylor Wasylk was named this week’s Hockey East Player of the Week after registering four points in her team’s three contests last week. Wasylk netted the game-winner against Yale University, a short-handed goal, along with one goal and an assist in the Eagles’ 7-2 victory against Dartmouth College.

* In six contests this season, BC’s Haley Skarupa has recorded seven goals and five assists. She commenced the season with five goals and two assists in her team’s first two contests.

Games to Watch:

* Coming off back-to-back losses to Cornell University, Northeastern will look to bounce back against Providence College. Neither team has faced a conference foe this season, so obviously these two games are important. Friday’s contest will be in Boston, while Saturday’s matinee will take place in Providence.

* Boston University will host Yale on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Terriers dropped their first contest of the season last weekend to Robert Morris; while the Bulldogs are coming off a 4-3 setback to the Eagles.

Mass. College Hockey: Cornell Slips Past Harvard, BU Tops Northeastern

BU's Jenelle Kohanchuk registered two of her team's five tallies as the Terriers defeated the Huskies in the Hockey East championship! (Photo Credit: BU.edu/Steve McLaughlin)

BU’s Jenelle Kohanchuk registered two of her team’s five tallies as the Terriers defeated the Huskies in the Hockey East championship! (Photo Credit: BU.edu/Steve McLaughlin)

By Matt Noonan 

Three local squads competed in their conference’s tournament championship this afternoon and below are the highlights from each contest.

Cornell University 2, Harvard 1Jessica Campbell’s power play goal at 18:20 in the third lifted the Big Red past the Crimson in the ECAC Championship. With the win, Cornell earns an automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Division I tournament, while Harvard will await this evening’s announcement.

Harvard’s Hillary Crowe evened the score at 16:14 in the first, but that’d be the only strike the Crimson managed to produce. The Crimson finished with 19 shots and 29 face-off wins.

Emerance Maschmeyer turned away 32 of 34 shots between the pipes and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Boston University 5, Northeastern 2 – Jenelle Kohanchuk netted two third period goals, which included the game-winner at 12:36 as the Terriers defeated the Huskies and claimed their third consecutive Women’s Hockey East title.

BU will advance to their fourth straight NCAA tournament, while Northeastern will await this evening’s announcement.

Sarah Lefort and Isabel Menard helped the Terriers secure a two-goal lead before Northeastern sliced the deficit with a strike from Kendall Coyne in the second. BU answered with three additional tallies that secured the win.

BU’s Kerrin Sperry turned away 33 of 35 shots between the pipes and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

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