|1st||11:00||BU||1-0||EV||Danny O'Regan (9)||Jack Eichel/14, Ahti Oksanen/5|
|2nd||0:16||BU||2-0||EV||Danny O'Regan (10)||John MacLeod/2, Jack Eichel/15|
|2nd||2:46||BU||3-0||EV GW||Brandon Hickey (1)||Jack Eichel/16, Danny O'Regan/10|
|2nd||14:59||MER||1-3||PP||Brian Christie (6)||Quinn Gould/3, Hampus Gustafsson/10|
|2nd||15:51||BU||4-1||EV||Danny O'Regan (11)||Jack Eichel/17, John MacLeod/3|
|3rd||14:45||MER||2-4||EV||Brian Christie (7)||Hampus Gustafsson/11, Dan Kolomatis/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (10-3-2)||0/4||6/23||0|
|Collin Delia (L, 3-3-1)||40:00||4||16||14||0||30|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Matt O'Connor (W, 9-2-1)||59:49||2||11||8||11||30|
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Danny O'Regan recorded his first collegiate hat trick and freshman Jack Eichel assisted on every Terrier goal, as the No. 2/3 Boston University men's ice hockey team recorded a 4-2 victory over visiting Merrimack on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers put together one their best efforts of the semester to match their win total from the 2013-14 campaign and improve to 10-3-2 overall and 7-1-2 in Hockey East play. The Warriors, who got both of their goals from junior Brian Christie, move to 10-5-2 with an even 4-4-1 conference mark.
Freshman Brandon Hickey added BU's other tally to notch his first goal as a Terrier and junior Matt O'Connor turned in a 30-save performance to improve to 9-2-1 on the year. O'Regan assisted on Hickey's tally for the first four-point game of his career.
O'Regan scored the lone goal of the opening period when Eichel found him skating towards the net through the right slot. The junior wing deked Merrimack goaltender Collin Delia to score on a wide-open backhand chance exactly 11 minutes into the game.
BU turned in arguably its best first period of the season, recording 17 shots on goal and forcing Delia to make a handful of difficult saves in order to keep it a one-goal affair.
The Terriers kept the momentum going and scored just 16 seconds into the second period. After receiving a cross-ice pass from Eichel, freshman John MacLeod sent a shot towards the net from just above the right circle. O'Regan tipped it past Delia at the near post to make it a 2-0 affair.
Hickey pushed the lead to 3-0 on goal in transition, as the rookie wristed a shot to the top left corner of the net from the upper edge of the right circle on assists from Eichel and O'Regan.
Christie got the visitors on the board with a power-play tally with 5:01 left in the middle stanza. After two shots by sophomore Hampus Gustaffson were stopped by O'Connor at the left post, Christie swung the puck around the back of the net and tucked it around the right post to cut BU's lead to 3-1.
The Terriers regained the three-goal cushion just 62 seconds later, however, as a nifty, no-look drop pass by Eichel below the left circle found a wide-open O'Regan in the center slot, where he sniped one past Delia's glove to cap his hat trick and give both him and Eichel their fourth points of the night.
The Warriors were able to get one more past O'Connor with 5:15 remaining in regulation, but that's as close as they would get.
BU held a 46-23 shot advantage as Delia made 30 saves before being replaced by senior Rasmus Tirronen, who stopped all 12 shots he faced in the third period.
The Terriers committed six penalties for 23 minutes with 19 of those minutes coming in the third period, mostly from a game misconduct and major penalty to sophomore Doyle Somerby.
The home team went 0-for-4 on the power play and killed off four of Merrimack's five chances with the man advantage.
BU will close out the first half of its schedule next Saturday (Dec. 13) when it visits Rensselaer. Game time is set for 7 p.m.