Thanks to 30 saves from sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger
and senior Drew Melanson
's goal 56 seconds into the third period, the No. 18 Boston University men's ice hockey team claimed its ninth Hockey East Championship with a 2-0 victory over No. 9 Providence on Saturday night at TD Garden.
Oettinger was named Hockey East Tournament MVP thanks to his spectacular performance. He was particularly terrific in the first period when he turned aside all 18 shots he faced. Junior Jordan Greenway and sophomore Chad Krys joined Oettinger on the Hockey East All-Tournament Team.
BU will return to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season. The Terriers will find out their destination for next weekend's regionals during Sunday's selection show at noon on ESPNU.
TERRIERS TERRIFIC IN THE THIRD
OETTINGER SHINES VS. FRIARS AGAIN
- BU was buzzing in the second period and carried that momentum into the final frame.
- The Terriers needed just 56 seconds to break the scoreless deadlock. Greenway got the puck behind the Providence net and fed Melanson in the left circle. The senior quickly ripped home his second goal in as many games and third strike of the postseason. Freshman Brady Tkachuk also assisted on Melanson's fifth marker of the campaign.
- BU never relented once it took the lead and held Providence to just six shots over the final 20 minutes.
- Junior Bobo Carpenter sealed the victory when he notched his 20th goal of the season into an empty Providence net.
- In six starts against Providence, Oettinger now owns a .956 save percentage.
- He has allowed two or fewer goals in five of those six starts, including two shutouts.
- The Terriers extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1). It trails only Princeton (7-0-1) as the longest such stretch in the country.
- BU head coach David Quinn is now 12-4 all-time in the Hockey East tournament.
- The Terriers outshot the Friars, 20-12, over the final two periods.
- This was the second time this season that BU shut out Providence. The Terriers earned a 2-0 victory over the Friars at Agganis Arena on Nov. 3.
- BU held Providence to just one power-play chance, and that opportunity lasted a mere six seconds.