The Eagles have suffered through a disappointing season, but enter the Beanpot looking for some redemption after suffering consecutive first-round losses the past two seasons.
Despite being outshot by 11, BC never trailed in the contest, but the River Hawks cut numerous deficits to force a hard-fought tie.
The Eagles got goals from four different players, but couldn’t hold off an inspired New Hampshire attack, which notched six goals over the final two periods to beat BC.
Julius Mattila recorded his first career hat-trick for the Eagles, scoring in all three periods, and Logan Hutsko also netted a goal as BC cruised to a 4-0 win over Connecticut Thursday night.
For the first time since the 1936-37 season, BC has lost its first five games of the regular season, committing 10 penalties in a tough road loss to Merrimack on Friday.
BC hasn’t won a non-conference game since November 2016, with the latest defeat a shutout at the hands of a Quinnipiac team that is now 3-0-1 all-time against the Eagles.
Despite coming out strong in overtime, BC watched rival BU score the game winner with four minutes left, knocking the Eagles out of both the Hockey East Tournament and likely a potential NCAA berth.
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.