BU Hockey Makes Frozen Four For First Time since 2009
By Ethan Leavitt
BU News Service
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Boston University men’s hockey team has the chance to lift a third trophy in TD Garden.
The Terriers punched their ticket to the Frozen Four thanks to a power-play goal by senior Evan Rodrigues in the final three minutes of regulation, lifting BU to a 3-2 win over Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA Northeast Regional final on Saturday evening at Verizon Wireless Arena.
Rodrigues, who also scored the first goal of the game 7:17 into the first period, toe-dragged around a Bulldog defender in the right circle and beat freshman goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo glove side with a wrister for the late winner.
“We’ve done this time and time again this year. We always find a way to make the big play at the end of the game,” Rodrigues said. “Today, I was the one to come through, but I know next time someone else is going to.”
Junior Matt Lane also scored for the Terriers, who extended their win streak to seven games.
Minnesota Duluth erased deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 before the middle of the second period. The teams went scoreless for almost 30 minutes before Rodrigues drew a holding penalty behind the UMD net. Junior captain Matt Grzelcyk and classmate Danny O’Regan both assisted on the game-winner and joined Rodrigues on the All-Regional Team along with Kaskisuo and Willie Raskob, who scored Minnesota Duluth’s first goal. Rodrigues was named the Regional’s most outstanding player, as he had three goals and an assist in the two regional games.
With the win, BU advances to the Frozen Four for the 22nd time in school history. Head Coach David Quinn is enjoying the win, but knows the journey to a national title is far from over.
“”I can’t tell you how proud and happy I am for every guy on our team,” said Quinn, who became the first head coach in program history to win his first two NCAA tournament games. “We know there’s a big challenge ahead of us, but we’re certainly going to enjoy this over the next few days.”