men’s college hockey playoffs

BU skates past Lowell in Hockey East opener

Massachusetts' John Leonard, fires a shot on goal between the skates New Hampshire's Richard Boyd (15) during the first period of an NCAA college hockey game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)
J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP
John Leonard of UMass fires a shot on goal between the skates of New Hampshire's Richard Boyd (15).

Jake Oettinger made 25 saves to tie the school record with his 13th shutout as fifth-seeded Boston University blanked 18th-ranked and fourth-seeded UMass Lowell, 3-0, in the first game of a best-of-three Hockey East tournament quarterfinal Friday night at Tsongas Center.

The Terriers (15-16-4) scored twice in the second period, while holding off the River Hawks (18-11-5). Joel Farrabee opened the scoring at 6:24 of the second period, his 14th goal of the season, redirecting a shot from Dante Fabbro.

Cam Crotty doubled the lead at 18:26 with a power-play goal on a feed from David Farrance.


The Terriers held the River Hawks to four shots in the third period. Patrick Curry added an empty-net goal at 19:35 of the third.

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Providence 5, Boston College 4 — Brandon Duhaime scored at 1:31 of overtime as No. 2 seed Providence (22-9-6), ranked seventh in the nation, rallied to beat No. 7 Boston College (11-21-3) in the first game of a best-of-three Hockey East tournament quarterfinal at Schneider Arena.

After Providence’s Vimal Sukumaran and BC’s Marc McLaughlin traded early goals, the Eagles took a 2-1 lead at 6:17 of the first period on Chris Grando’s unassisted goal, the second goal of the season for the sophomore.

Senior Michael Kim boosted the lead to 3-1 at 8:39 with his second goal of the season off a one-handed pass from Zach Walker.

Providence closed within one on a goal from Spenser Young with five seconds left in the second period. Young then tied the game at 3:59 of the third on the power play.


The Friars went ahead, 4-3, on a one-timer from Vincent Desharnais at 8:56 of the third with the teams skating four aside.

But Julius Mattila answered for BC, tying the game for the third time at 18:24 during a 6 on 5.

Northeastern 2, Maine 1 — Austin Goldstein scored at 4:15 of overtime as No. 3 seed Northeastern (24-10-1), ranked ninth in the nation, got past sixth-seeded Maine (15-16-4) in the opener of a best-of-three Hockey East tournament quarterfinal at Matthews Arena.

Northeastern’s Tyler Madden scored his 11th goal of the season at 8:29 of the second to break a scoreless deadlock. Lincoln Griffin took advantage of a turnover to claim the puck in the left corner of Maine’s defensive zone, feeding a pass to Madden at the right dot for the wrister.

Maine’s Brady Keeper knotted the score at 16:20 of the second period.


Jeremy Swayman had 30 saves for Maine and Cayden Primeau had 41 for Northeastern, including five in overtime.

The Huskies need one more victory to advance to the conference semifinals for the third time in the last four years, and just the 10th time in program history.

UMass 5, UNH 4 — Mitchell Chaffee scored at 5:52 of double overtime as top-seeded University of Massachusetts (27-8-0) escaped with a victory over No. 8 seed New Hampshire (12-14-9) at the Mullins Center in the first game of a best-of-three Hockey East tournament quarterfinal series.

Regular-season conference champion UMass, ranked third in the nation, had to come back from an early deficit after UNH scored three second-period goals to take a three-goal lead.

Brendan van Riemsdyk scored 57 seconds into the second period for the Wildcats, his 10th goal of the season.

Angus Crookshank doubled the lead 48 seconds later with his 10th of the season, unassisted. Chris Miller bumped it to 3-0 at 12:30 of the second.

Bobby Trivigno scored the first of his two goals at 19:05 to save the Minutemen from finishing the second period scoreless. Trivigno then assisted on Jacob Pritchard’s goal at 1:08 of the third period as UMass closed within one. Miller restored UNH’s two-goal lead at 5:18 and then Trivigno was back again at 7:50 to make it 4-3.

UMass defenseman Cale Makar scored at 11:28 to tie it up.

Harvard 3, Dartmouth 1 — Fourth-seeded Harvard (18-9-3), ranked 14th in the nation, defeated No. 5 seed Dartmouth (13-16-4) in the first game of a best-of-three ECAC quarterfinal series at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. It’s the same matchup as a year ago, when Harvard won in three.

Ryan Blankemeier got the Big Green on the board first at 7:50 of the second period, but Harvard answered 78 seconds later with the 18th goal of the season from Lewis Zerter-Gossage.

Defenseman Adam Fox put Harvard in front at 11:51 of the third period, jumping into the rush to finish off a give and go with sophomore forward Colton Kerfoot.

Kerfoot then scored one of his own into an empty net at 18:46.

Harvard outshot Dartmouth, 29-20.

With the victory, the Crimson are just a win away from a fifth straight trip to the conference semifinals.