|1st||8:02||BU||1-0||PP||Logan Cockerill (4)||Drew Melanson/9, Brandon Hickey/5|
|2nd||14:29||HAR||1-1||EV||Ty Pelton-Byce (4)||Ryan Donato/10, Lewis Zerter-Gossage/14|
|3rd||0:32||BU||2-1||EV||Brandon Hickey (6)||Jordan Greenway/16, Dante Fabbro/14|
|3rd||2:04||HAR||2-2||EV||Jack Badini (8)||Nathan Krusko/12, Frédéric Grégoire/3|
|OT2||1:55||BU||3-2||EV GW||Ty Amonte (4)||Patrick Curry/5, Brandon Hickey/6|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (15-11-2)||1/2||3/6||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||O1||O2||Saves|
|Jake Oettinger (W, 14-10-2)||81:55||2||12||19||6||10||0||47|
|Merrick Madsen (L, 7-7-3)||81:44||3||12||4||11||12||0||39|
BOSTON - Freshman Ty Amonte struck 1:55 into the second overtime to lift the Boston University men's ice hockey team to a 3-2 win over Harvard on Monday night in the semifinals of the Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden.
The win lifts the Terriers into the championship game of the Beanpot for the fourth consecutive year. Brandon Hickey had a goal and two assists on the night while Logan Cockerill and Amonte also tallied for BU. Jake Oettinger made 47 saves in the Terrier net.
With the win, BU is officially the hottest team in the nation, riding an eight-game unbeaten streak at 7-0-1. Denver and Mercyhurst are both on seven-game runs at 5-0-2. Furthermore, BU has been victorious in each of its last six games since a 2-2 tie against No. 11 Providence on Jan. 13.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BU struck first with a power play goal at 8:02 of the first period. Brandon Hickey's shot from the point was inadvertently blocked by Drew Melanson but it ricocheted right to Logan Cockerill who scored for the fourth time on his freshman campaign.
- Jake Oettinger saved each of Harvard's first 26 shots on goal before the Crimson finally broke through. Lewis Zerter-Gossage forced a defensive zone turnover by the Terriers. Ryan Donato collected the loose puck and hit an open Ty Pelton-Byce in the slot for the equalizer, making it 1-1 with 5:31 left in the second.
- Just 32 seconds into the third period, Hickey put the Terriers up 2-1. Hickey's initial backhander was saved but he followed his shot, collected the rebound after Harvard's John Marino could not clear it, and scored his sixth goal of the season.
- The lead lasted just 1:32. Harvard broke loose on a 3-on-2 and Jack Baldini netted Nathan Krusko's rebound to tie the game back up at 2-2 with 17:56 left in regulation.
- There would not be another goal for nearly 40 minute of game action, including a wide-open first overtime period which saw both nears nearly produce a game-winning goal.
- It took just 1:55 of a second overtime stanza for BU to get the game-winner as Ty Amonte collected a loose puck in the Crimson zone and beat Madsen short side with a wrister from outside the face off circle along the boards.
- Logan Cockerill's first period power play goal marked the sixth consecutive contest where the Terriers have scored with a man advantage. This is the longest streak for BU since a six-game run from Feb. 21-March 14, 2015.
- BU had a string of 14 consecutive periods scoring a goal snapped in the second period when Harvard's Merrick Madsen stopped all four of the shots he faced. It marked BU's longest such stretch since a 16-period run during the 2008-09 season.
- BU is now 11-0-0 this year when leading after the first period and is undefeated in each of its last 27 such contests at 26-0-1 since at Jan. 15, 2016, loss at Boston College.
- Brandon Hickey's assist on BU's opening goal of the night was the 50th point of his Terrier career.
- Hickey's three points on the night are a career high. He previously had recorded two points in a game six times, most recently at Boston College on Dec. 1, 2017. The two assists match his career high, done previously three times, most recently at Colgate on Oct. 8, 2016.
- Jake Oettinger made 47 saves on the night. His career high of 56 was also set in a double overtime win, that one coming against North Dakota on March 24, 2017, in the opening round of the NCAA Championship.
- BU advances to the Beanpot final for the 53rd time in the event's 66 years. The Terriers have won the championship 30 times - the most of any school.
- The Terriers will hope that this year's Beanpot follows the same pattern as three years ago. The 2015 Beanpot saw the Terriers down Harvard in double overtime before toppling Northeastern in the final.
- Four of BU's last seven Beanpot games have gone to overtime.
- The Terriers return to Agganis Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night when they play host to UMass.
- When BU returns to TD Garden next Monday, it will face No. 11 Northeastern at 7:30 p.m. in the Beanpot championship game. Northeastern defeated Boston College, 3-0, in tonight's other semifinal.