|Ben Rosen cuts behind the net in the first period. He would|
later score the game winning goal in the third.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
2:30 of game time later, Matt Nieto leveled the game in the second. Danny O'Regan made strong play to open a passing lane from the right side. He slipped a pass over to Netio in the slot and he beat Sam Morrota far side. It was Nieto's 18th goal of the year and it was also his 100th career point as a Terrier. He is the first Terrier since Nick Bonino to reach the 100pt plateau as a junior.
Four minutes later, MC went back up a goal and took a 2-1 lead on a Mike Collins power play goal. The shot came from the far side and beat Maguire blocker side.
That set the stage for a crazy ending to the period. Cason Hohmann tied the game on the power play. He scored after following up his own shot and riffling the rebound past Morotta upstairs. The assists went to Sahir Gill and Matt Grzeclyk.
A little over two minutes later, Merrimack again took a one goal lead. A Patrick MacGreger turnover behind the net allowed Jon Gustavsson to take and uncontested shot in which he beat Maguire five hole. It was just Gustavsson's third goal of the season.
With 7.8 seconds left in the frame, BU tied the game again on the power play. Wade Megan shoveled a shot on goal that was stopped, but no one picked up Sam Kurker, who was added to the power play just before the weekend. Kurker slammed home his third of the season and most likely the most important goal in his life just before the period ended.
BU picked up where Kurker left off and really controlled the pace in the third.
|Sean maguire stops Brian Christie on a break a way in the|
Maguire played his best down the stretch, shutting down MC's limited grade A chances.
Sahir Gill added an empty net goal with 4 seconds left to cement BU's place in the Hockey East Semis, where there will face Boston College next weekend at the Garden.