BU shut out an opponent for the first time this season, beating Merrimack, 3-0, to win the quarterfinal series, 2-1. The Terriers advance to the Hockey East semifinals at Boston Garden where they’ll meet Maine. In the other semi, Boston College takes on Vermont, which eliminated top-seed New Hampshire with a 1-0 overtime win.
Terriers received a third consecutive outstanding effort in goal by sophomore Kieran Millan, who stopped all 34 Warrior shots. For the series, he saved 92 of 97 shots for a .948 percentage.
Captain Kevin Shattenkirk gave BU an early lead midway through the first period on wrister, assisted by Nick Bonino, who upped the lead to 2-0 with just 39 seconds left in the period. The next 37 minutes were scoreless, but then Chris Connolly capped the win with a power play with three minutes to go. Shattenkirk assisted on the Bonino and Connolly goals.
As has happened in a number of recent BU-MC games, things got ugly in the final minutes with a bunch of roughing and game misconduct penalties. Freshman Ben Rosen made his first post-season appearance filling in for Max Nicastro who was cut in Saturday’s game.
BU advances to the Hockey East semi for the ninth consecutive season and the 19th time in 26 Hockey East tournaments.
• GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score
• All-Access video highlights
• WTBU Sports recap, notebook, analysis
• ESPN recap
• Boston Herald recap
• USCHO recap
• Boston Globe recap
• Daily Free Press recap and Millan feature
Post-game comments: Shattenkirk, Bonino, Millan
Post-game comments: Jack Parker
Former Terrier captain Sean Sullivan’s standout season with the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in San Antonio is profiled in New England Hockey Journal. Sullivan discusses the role of former Terrier assistant head coach David Quinn in his development as a blueliner.
Colin Wilson scored his sixth goal in Nashville's 3-2 win against Los Angeles
Chris Drury had two assists in the Rangers' 3-1 victory over the Flyers
Adrian Aucoin scored the winner in a shootout as the Coyotes beat Atlanta.
In the EJHL championship game, 2010 recruit Charlie Coyle scored twice for South Shore, but the Kings fell, 4-3 to the New Hampshire Jr. Monarch, reversing last season’s championship outcome when current Terrier Rosen led the Kings in scoring. Coyle’s tallies give him a 23-43-66 line for the season.