|3rd||0:56||BU||1-0||EV GW||Drew Melanson (5)||Jordan Greenway/21, Brady Tkachuk/21|
|3rd||18:38||BU||2-0||EV EN||Bobo Carpenter (20)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (21-13-4)||0/2||2/4||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jake Oettinger (W, 20-12-4)||60:00||0||18||6||6||30|
|Hayden Hawkey (L, 23-11-3)||58:39||1||9||12||6||27|
BOSTON, Mass.- Goalie Jake Oettinger stopped all 30 shots and a third period goal by Drew Melanson snapped a scoreless tie to fourth-seeded Boston University to a 2-0 win over third-seeded Providence in the final of the 34th annual Hockey East Championship Saturday evening at TD Garden. BU (21-13-4) captures its ninth conference title, its first since 2015, in its 11th appearance in the final.
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The Terriers had the first five shots on goal of the third period and they drew first blood on the second 56 seconds into the stanza on the goal by Melanson, who hammered home a nice feed from the backboards by Jordan Greenway. Good fore-checking by Brady Tkachuk started the play, sliding the puck to Greenway, who set up three goals in Friday's semifinal win over Boston College, and he fed Melancon in the low slot for his fifth of the season.
Bobo Carpenter iced it for the Terriers with 1:22 left with an empty net goal, capping a tightly played tournament that saw 14 of the first 17 games decided by one goal with eight needing overtime.
It was enough for Oettinger who earned the William J. Flynn tournament Most Valuable Player after recording his fifth shutout of the season. He was joined on the Steve Nazro All-Tournament Team by teammates Chad Krys and Greenway, Providence's Jacob Bryson and Brandon Duhaime, and Northeastern forward Dylan Sikura.
Oettinger was strong early on as the Friars, with several odd-man rushes, had the edge in the scoreless first period out-shooting BU, 18-9. The Terriers picked up the pace in the second with a 12-6 edge in shots with PC goalie Hayden Hawkey robbing Carpenter twice in the late stages of the period.
Hawkey finished with 27 saves for the runner-up Friars who were making their fifth trip to the final, their first since 2001. There were only five minor penalties in the cleanly played contest. PC killed all three of its penalties and went 0-for-2 with the extra skater.
Providence (23-11-4) is assured of an at large bid next week's NCAA Tournament. The Terriers earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Hockey Championship. The bracket will be announced Sunday at 12 p.m. (eastern) on ESPNU and NCAA.com