March 28, 2015
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MANCHESTER, N.H. -
After extending its win streak to six in Friday's overtime thriller versus Yale, the Boston University will take on another pack of Bulldogs, this one from Minnesota Duluth, in the NCAA Northeast Regional final on Saturday (March 28) at 5:30. The game will be broadcast live from Verizon Wireless Arena on ESPN2 and TSN2.
The winner will advance to the Frozen Four at TD Garden where it will face the winner of the West Regional final between North Dakota and St. Cloud State.
The Terriers, the regional top seed, survived a tough fight with Yale on Friday, advancing with a 3-2 overtime triumph before Duluth, the No. 2 seed in the regional, posted a 4-1 victory over Minnesota.
The Terriers have now set the school record for overtime wins (6) and games (12). The 1976-77 squad held the wins record previously with five.
This will be the Terriers' first game this season against an NCHC team. Minnesota Duluth won its lone game against a Hockey East school, blanking the Irish, 3-0, in the Ice Breaker consolation game.
Saturday marks the 21st contest and first NCAA tournament meeting between Boston University and Minnesota Duluth. The Terriers hold a 10-7-3 (.575) advantage in the series, but their win in the 1972-73 season was later forfeited.
The teams last met on Dec. 28, 1999, in the consolation game of Duluth's Silverado Shootout. The Bulldogs posted an 8-5 win. The teams first met during the 1968-69 season in Duluth, ringing in the new year with a split. The Terriers won the opener, 10-4, on New Year's Eve before the Bulldogs responded with a 5-2 win on New Year's Day.
Minnesota Duluth finished fifth in the NCHC standings and sixth in the Pairwise. The Bulldogs were swept by Denver in the NCHC quarterfinals.
The Bulldogs boast a balanced scoring attack with 13 players scoring 13 points or more. Junior Tony Cameranesi leads Duluth in both points (30) and assists (21) while sophomore Dominic Toninato has added 26 points on the strength of a team-best 16 goals. Sophomore Alex Iafallo (8-17--25), junior Austin Farley (8-16--24) and senior Justin Crandall (13-10­­--23) round out the top five.
Freshman goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo has started 35 of Duluth's 39 games and sports a 2.28 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage (.917).
Junior Danny O'Regan was the hero on Friday for the Terriers, scoring 7:27 into overtime to lift BU past Yale. Every member of BU's top-six forwards recorded at least one point in the win.
The Terriers will attempt to earn their 22nd trip to the Frozen Four and first since 2009.