BOSTON - Senior Patrick Harper scored his 14th goal of the season, but the Boston University men's ice hockey team fell to No. 16 Northeastern, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Agganis Arena.
BU (13-13-8, 10-9-5 Hockey East) finished sixth in the Hockey East standings and will travel to third-seeded UMass Lowell to begin a best-of-three quarterfinal series on Friday, March 13, at 7:15 p.m. Game two of the series will take place Saturday, March 14, at 6 p.m., with a third game scheduled for Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m., if necessary.
Freshman Trevor Zegras and senior captain Patrick Curry both assisted on Harper's strike, which came 3:06 into the third period to cut the Northeastern (18-13-3, 11-12-1 HE) lead to just 2-1. The Terriers had several chances to equalize and played the final 1:44 of the contest with a 6-on-4 advantage thanks to a Husky penalty and the removal of graduate student Sam Tucker (24 saves) in favor of an extra attacker, but they were unable to get a second goal.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BU began the game with a power-play chance after officials assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to Northeastern backup netminder Curtis Frye.
- Northeastern scored a power-play goal 8:08 into the first period to take a 1-0 lead before Matt Filipe gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead just 43 seconds into the middle stanza.
- Harper got BU on the board early in the third period at the tail end of a power play. Curry won an offensive-zone draw back to Zegras, who shuffled the puck to Harper at the left point. Harper's shot appeared to have rung the post and stayed out; the game continued until the next whistle, when officials immediately reviewed the play. Replay confirmed that the puck did indeed cross the goal line.
- Harper nearly evened the score late in the period, but his shot from the top of the right circle undoubtedly hit the post and the Huskies escaped with the win.
- The Terriers honored their six-member senior class prior to their final home game and then celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1994-95 NCAA championship team with a ceremony in the first intermission.
- BU held a 30-26 shot advantage.
- The Terriers went 1-for-6 on the power play while the Huskies went 1-for-2.
- The Terriers will start their postseason on Friday (March 13) when they visit UMass Lowell in the opener of a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series.
- Game time at Tsongas Center is set for 7:15 p.m.
- This marks the second consecutive season (and the third time in five years) that BU is heading to Lowell for the quarterfinals.
- The Terriers defeated the River Hawks in three games last season.