HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
The Boston University Terriers claimed their 10th Hockey East Tournament title on Saturday, toppling Merrimack, 3-2, in overtime. Lane Hutson, the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year and the first-ever defenseman to lead Hockey East in scoring, netted two goals in the title game, including the overtime winner. He was named MVP of the tournament for his efforts. Jay Pandolfo is the only first-year head coach to win the Lamoriello Trophy. Over the weekend, 27,493 fans came to TD Garden for the Hockey East championship
Both semifinals and the title game required overtime for the first time in the tournament’s 38-year history. Matt Copponi lifted Merrimack into the championship game for just the second time in program history in double overtime. BU’s Quinn Hutson netted the winning strike in the extra frame for the Terriers in the first semifinal.
Boston University and Merrimack each earned bids into the national tournament. BU is making its 38th total appearance in the NCAA tournament, skating as a No. 2 seed in Manchester, N.H. The Terriers have advanced out of Manchester in each of its last two Frozen Four appearances (2009, 2015.) BU will face Western Michigan on Thursday.
Merrimack will skate in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in
program history (1998, 2011) after earning an at-large bid to the
Bridgeport regional. The Warriors take on Quinnipiac on Friday in the
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lane Hutson - Boston University
Lane Hutson (Fr., D; North Barrington, Ill.) was named MVP of the
Hockey East Tournament after scoring twice in the championship
game, including the overtime dagger 1:57 into the extra frame. He
is the first freshman to win Tournament MVP since Jack Eichel in
2014-15. Hutson now has 47 points (14g, 33a) in 36 games played,
tying Brian Leetch’s record (1986-87) for most points by a freshman
defenseman in Hockey East history.
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Devin Kaplan - Boston University
Devin Kaplan (Fr., F; Bridgewater, N.J.) was named to the Steve
Nazro All-Tournament Team after a one-goal, one-assist outing in the
championship game. He assisted on a game-tying goal 57 seconds
into the second period before scoring an equalizer of his own 9:02
into the third.
ARMY ROTC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK
Christian Felton - Merrimack
Christian Felton (Jr., D; Medina, Ohio) scored the first shorthanded
goal in Hockey East championship game since 2001, giving Merrimack a 1-0 lead 6:57 into the title contest. He was named to the
Steve Nazro All-Tournament Team for his efforts.
STOP IT GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Drew Commesso - Boston University
Drew Commesso (Jr., G; Norwell, Mass.) was named to the Steve
Nazro All-Tournament Team after backing the Terriers to their 11th
Hockey East Tournament crown. He made 37 stops in a 2-1 overtime victory in the semifinals, forcing the extra frame after his team
was outshot 34-15 in regulation. He then had 23 saves in the championship game.
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Dylan Peterson, BU (Jr., F; Roseville, Calif.) Knotted the semifinal against Provided at 17:28 of the third period to force overtime. He was named to the Steve Nazro All-Tournament Team for his efforts.
Quinn Hutson, BU (Fr., F; North Barrington, Ill.) Lifted BU into the Hockey East championship game with an overtime goal on Friday.
Matt Copponi, MC (So., F; Mansfield, Mass.) Scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to send Merrimack to its second-ever Hockey East Tournament title game. He was named to the Steve Nazro All-Tournament Team for his efforts.
Zachary Borgiel, MC (Jr., G; Fort Gratiot, Mich.) Made 31 saves and allowed just one goal, backboning Merrimack to a 2-1 double overtime victory in the Hockey East semifinals.
Gustavs Davis Grigals, UML (Gr., G; Riga, Latvia) Turned in his second consecutive 40-save performance, allowing just two goals, in a double-overtime outing in the Hockey East semifinals. He made 80 saves in his two playoff starts.