The Frozen Four drought for Boston University is over.
After being outplayed for much of the second and third period, BU scored the game-winning goal with 14 seconds remaining in the game to defeat the University of New Hampshire Wildcats and advance to the Frozen Four for the first time since 1997.
On the power play, Jason Lawrence sent a pass through the crease to Colin Wilson. The pass never got there, instead redirecting off UNH’s Jerry Pollastrone and into the net to give the Terriers a 2-1 lead.
Rookie goalie Kieran Millan kept his team in the game by stopping 27 of 28 Wildcat shots.
The game-winning goal came after James van Riemsdyk was called for hooking with 46 seconds left on the clock. The BU power play — which had gone 0-3 on the night — finally found a way to beat goalie Brian Foster.
BU will go on to the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C., where they will face another familiar opponent in the University of Vermont Catamounts, who are coming off a dramatic win of their own. The Catamounts beat Air Force Academy in double overtime of their regional finals to earn the trip to D.C.
The game will take place on Thursday, April 9, with the winner advancing to the national championship game on Saturday, April 11.
BU got the scoring started against UNH 13:45 into the first period, when a Chris Connolly shot hit Corey Trivino in the shinpad. Trivino gathered the puck and got it past Foster for the game’s first goal.
UNH outshot the Terriers 10-4 in the second period and got the tying goal from Bobby Butler 5:52 into the period.
From there, the Wildcats had plenty of opportunities but could not find a way to beat the freshman Millan. Nor could they recreate the magic that helped them in their semifinal win over North Dakota.
The Terriers now stand two wins shy of winning the fifth national championship in program history, with the most recent title coming in 1995.