Nov. 2, 2012
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The No. 12 Boston University men's ice hockey team fell to No. 5/6 North Dakota, 4-2, on Friday evening in the opener of a weekend series at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Freshmen Danny O'Regan and Ahti Oksanen scored for the Terriers, which fall to 3-2-0 on the year.
Connor Gaarder recorded a hat trick for UND, scoring his team's first three goals, and broke a 2-2 tie with the game-winner on a 5-on-3 power play at 4:24 of the third.
O'Regan opened the scoring 16:52 into the contest before Gaarder scored twice in the first half of the middle stanza.
With the Terriers on a major power play, Oksanen recorded his first collegiate goal on a shot from the top of the zone to make it a 2-2 game at 12:12 of the second.
BU, which gave the home team four power-play chances in the third period, struggled to create offensive chances in the third and could not answer Gaarder's third tally.
Rocco Grimaldi created the 4-2 final on an empty-netter with 20 seconds left in regulation to help UND improve to 3-1-1 on the year.
Freshman Sean Maguire recorded 31 saves for the Terriers and made a handful of standout stops in what was just his second collegiate start.
Junior Clarke Saunders made 20 saves in goal for UND, which held a 35-22 shot advantage.
The Terriers successfully killed off six of NoDak's seven power-play chances. The only time BU got its power-play unit out on the ice all night was on the major penalty.
O'Regan's goal to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead came on a rebound right at the top of the crease. After taking in a pass from junior Matt Nieto, freshman Matt Grzelcyk put a shot on goal from the left point and O'Regan was all alone to cash in on the loose puck.
Gaarder started his hat trick on a quick shot at the left post following a pass from the left corner by Mark MacMillan at 1:11 of the second.
Less than six minutes later, Drake Caggiula set up Gaarder for a rush along the right side and Gaarder beat Maguire inside the far post from the circle to give UND a 2-1 lead.
Andrew MacWilliam earned a major and game misconduct for an elbow to the head of Oksanen. The freshman rebounded from the hit to get the equalizer on assists from sophomores Alexx Privitera and Cason Hohmann.
Gaarder's third goal came at the crease as he converted a feed from Grimaldi, who skated behind the net before setting up the game-winner.
The two teams will wrap up their weekend series on Saturday (Nov. 3) at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on NESN and FCS Central.