Boston-Ohio State: Terriers Continue To Make Bean Town Proud
No. 1 overall ranked and seeded Boston University men's ice hockey team heads on to the second round of the NCAA tournament after their 8-3 victory against fourth-ranked Ohio State in Manchester, N.H.
The Terriers scored the first six goals of the game and got at least one point from 11 different players to secure the victory. The Terriers will take on Hockey East mate New Hampshire in hopes of making it to the Frozen Four in Washington D.C.
The Terriers, who went 2-1-0 against UNH this season, last faced the Wildcats in a home-and-home series on Jan. 23-24, with BU coming away with 5-0 and 3-1 victories.
The Terriers (32-6-4) opened the scoring with two goals 50 seconds apart midway through the first, and added another before the opening stanza came to a close.
BU duplicated its first period output in the second to take a 6-0 lead before the Buckeyes scored two goals late in the middle.
The Buckeyes made it a three-point deficcit at 11:12 of the third period and pulled freshman goaltender Cal Heeter in favor of an extra attacker.
BU snapped a 0-for-22 skid on the power play when Nick Bonino wristed a shot from the right circle that beat Carlson high at 8:49 of the first to open the scoring.
Just 50 seconds later, sophomore Colby Cohen broke up a Buckeye pass, allowing Bonino to rush in from the left side and assist Jason Lawrence’s goal.
The Terriers took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission thanks to Cohen's first goal of the night at 13:16 of the first.
BU continued to put on the offensive in the second, as freshman Corey Trivino capped a give-and-go with Hobey Baker Finalist Matt Gilroy by potting his fifth goal of the season at 5:57 of the period.
Brandon Yip and Lawrence scored at 7:01 and 13:34, respectively, to allow the Terriers to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
Ohio State stepped back up as sophomore Hunter Bishop, senior Zach Pelletier, and freshman Matt Bartkowski scored consecutive goals to cut the deficit in half.
Freshman goaltender Kieran Millan recorded 22 saves for the Terriers to improve to 26-2-3 on the season. The Hockey East Rookie of the Year is now a combined 13-0-1 in road and neutral-site contests.
Buckeye sophomore Dustin Carlson made just nine saves on 15 shots before being replaced midway through the game by freshman Cal Heeter, who recorded 10 saves and allowed one goal.
Ohio State finishes the year with a record of 23-15-4.
Britney Milazzo is a Contributor for Bleacher Report.
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