A rivalry matchup between Boston University and Boston College in the 100th year of the Battle of Comm Ave ended in heartbreak for Eagles fans. BU advances to the Hockey East Finals with a 4-3 win in overtime, essentially ending BC's season.
Connor Moore drew first blood with a slapshot from the blue line only 46 seconds into the match, but the Terriers dominated on offense in the first period, attempting 23 shots to BC’s 10.
The second period began with BU's Brady Tkachuk still in the box, but BC was unable to capitalize on the powerplay opportunity. Logan Hutsko and Jordan Greenway of BU both went to the box for slashing and embellishment three minutes later, quickly setting up a Julius Mattila 4-on-4 goal that put BC up 2-0.
Ty Amonte and David Farrance rallied the Terriers with a goal each in the second to put BU on the board and tie things up at 2 heading into the third frame. The momentum stayed in BU’s favor for much of the period, taking 26 shots. Woll remained as reliable as ever, stopping 12 shots on goal and to keep the score at 2-2.
After a pair of mistakenly lit lamps to start the third, the Eagles reclaimed the lead with five minutes left to play when Christopher Brown found the puck in the chaos in front of the net and stuffed it behind Oettinger, who had come out far to his left. BU didn't take long to return the favor, with Drew Melanson striking less than a minute later to sending the game into overtime.
BC took over offensive control in overtime, at one point outshooting BU 10-1. Oettinger was the only thing keeping BU in the tournament. The Eagles looked flawless as they killed a dangerous Hutsko slashing penalty 11:20 into overtime.
However, the Eagles’ championship hopes were abruptly shattered when a Shane Bowers shot glanced off of Woll’s pads directly into Patrick Curry’s line of fire. Curry had no trouble finding the back of the net.
Although there is mathematically still a possibility of an NCAA tournament appearance, the Men’s Hockey Season 2017-18 is most likely over.
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