BC was outshot, 37-13, but used an impressive performance from Joe Woll in net and a second period power-play goal to escape Merrimack in the first game of the Hockey East quarterfinals.
After a two-week hiatus, the Eagles will host 10th-seeded Merrimack in the Hockey East Quarterfinals with a third-consecutive trip to TD Garden on the line.
The Eagles have always been one of the younger teams in Hockey East, but in the past two years they have failed to turn their potential into results.
Goaltender Joseph Woll notched his first and the team’s second blanking of the year, and the Eagles erupted for five goals to pick up their second-straight win on their final road trip of the regular season.
BC entered the third period down one, but four goals in the final frame—three of which were scored by Jesper and Julius Mattila—guaranteed the Eagles a much-needed win and a first round bye in the Hockey East playoffs.
BC trailed entering the third period, but rallied behind forward Logan Hutsko and goalie Joe Woll, as the former scored the game-winner in overtime while the latter stopped 31 shots.
The Huskies scored twice in the span of 28 seconds, less than seven minutes into the first period and never looked back, besting the Eagles for the first time in four years.
With five different goal scorers—on two different goalies—Boston College men’s hockey rode its way to a convincing 5-2 win over Massachusetts Lowell to maintain its lead over Hockey East.
Over the course of the first five and a half minutes of the third period, Graham McPhee single-handedly erased the River Hawks’ two-goal lead, only to see UMass Lowell log the game-winner 66 seconds later.