|1st||4:46||PRV||1-0||EV||Kasper Björkqvist (1)||-|
|2nd||5:48||BU||1-1||EV||Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (3)||Charlie McAvoy/10, Brandon Hickey/4|
|2nd||7:09||BU||2-1||EV GW||Nikolas Olsson (1)||Oskar Andrén/1, Gabriel Chabot/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (8-4-1)||0/3||8/27||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jake Oettinger (W, 6-4-1)||60:00||1||12||10||16||38|
|Hayden Hawkey (L, 5-6-2)||58:30||2||4||6||6||16|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Jake Oettinger made 38 saves including 16 in the third period as the No. 5/6 Boston University Terriers outlasted the Providence College men's hockey team, 2-1, on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd at Schneider Arena.
The Friars fall to 5-6-2, (1-4-1 HEA) with the loss while the Terriers improve to 8-4-1 (3-1-1 HEA) with the win. Oettinger's 38 saves were a career high for the freshman. Sophomore Hayden Hawkey (5-6-2) made 16 saves for the Friars on Friday.
A physical opening 20 minutes saw the Friars outshoot the Terriers by a 13-3 margin. With the teams skating 4-on-4, freshman Kasper Björkqvist took advantage of a Charlie McAvoy turnover in the slot and fired home a one-timer past Oettinger to give the Friars a 1-0 lead at 4:46.
Providence looked to extend their lead after BU's Nick Roberto was ejected for contact to the head of Jake Walman, but the Terriers killed off the major penalty, including a 5-on-3 for over 90 seconds. The Terriers looked to even things up in the closing seconds on the power play but Chad Krys' shot beat Hawkey after the buzzer sounded.
After a slow opening period, the Terriers found their form and connected for two goals in a span of 1:37 as Jakub Forsbacka Karlsson knotted things up at 5:48 and Nikolas Olsson gave BU the lead with a shot from the right circle at 7:09. Oettinger continued to stymy Providence in the second period, turning away all 10 shots on goal.
Providence out-attempted BU 32-9 in the final period, with Oettinger making one of his best saves of the night on a partial Brian Pinho break-in from the right wing. The Friars continued to pressure the Terrier zone in the final minutes, including a scrum around Oettinger in the waning seconds, but the hosts couldn't find the equalizer.
The Friars will head up to Agganis Arena tomorrow night for the second-leg of the home-and-home set with the Terriers at 7 p.m.
HOW THEY SCORED
1-0 (PC) Kasper Björkqvist (unassisted) - One-timer off a turnover from the slot.
1-1 (BU) Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (McAvoy, Hickey) - Drive to the net on the short side, snap shot blocker side on Hawkey.
2-1 (BU) Nikolas Olsson (Andren, Chabot) - Wrist shot from the circles after a turnover.
Notes: Power Plays - Boston University (0/3), Providence (0/7) ... final shots on goal: 389-18 in favor of the Friars ... shot attempts: Providence 77, Boston University 29 ... Jacob Bryson's six-game point streak came to an end (1-7-8) ... the Terriers led in blocked shots, 21-7 ... Jake Walman paced the Friars with six shots on goal ... Björkqvist recorded his first career goal and registered three shots on goal ... Providence's 11-game unbeaten streak (9-0-2) against ranked opponents at home came to an end on Friday.