Hockey East Roundup: Jack Eichel Scores In Overtime, Lifts BU Over Maine 3-2

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but Jack Eichel led Boston University to victory Friday night at Agganis Arena.

BU (7-1-1) trailed Maine (3-8-1) by a score of 2-0 heading into the third period, but the Terriers scored three unanswered goals to pull off the come-from-behind win over the Black Bears.

Junior forward Ahti Oksanen scored 4:50 into the third period with some help from Eichel and Danny O’Regan, giving BU a much-needed spark. Matt Lane scored less than five minutes later to send the game into overtime.

But it was Eichel, the freshman phenom, who scored the game-winner 2:40 into the extra session to keep the No. 3 Terriers rolling.

Maine goaltender Sean Romeo delivered a 33-save performance in the loss.

BU travels to Connecticut on Saturday to take on the UConn Huskies at 3:35 p.m., while Maine will head up the Green Line for a 7 p.m. game against Boston College.

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UConn 2, Vermont 1: The Huskies (3-5-4) pulled ahead of the Catamounts (7-3-1) midway through the second period, and it proved to be the difference. Freshman forward Spencer Naas’ goal gave UConn the 2-1 win over No. 11 Vermont and improved UConn’s record to 3-1-1 against ranked teams.

Boston College 5, UMass 3: The Minutemen (3-6-0) scored 46 seconds into the first period, but the No. 12 Eagles (6-5-0) scored three unanswered and never let go of the lead. Chris Calnan scored twice for BC, while teammates Quinn Smith (one goal, one assist) and Noah Hanifin (one goal, two assists) enjoyed multi-point nights of their own.

Merrimack 4, Northeastern 2: Wins certainly have been elusive for the Huskies (1-9-1). Northeastern came close to their second straight win with a late third-period goal, but Jace Hennig scored an empty-netter for the Warriors (8-3-1) to put the game out of reach. Jared Kolquist scored twice for Merrimack.

UMass Lowell 2, Notre Dame 2 (OT): The No. 5 River Hawks (8-2-3) overcame a two-goal deficit and skated to a 2-2 tie with the Fighting Irish (6-6-2). Sophomore forward Joe Gambardella scored the equalizer for UMass Lowell 3:23 into the third period. UMass Lowell had its chances to pull ahead, but Notre Dame goaltender Chad Katunar delivered an impressive 32-save performance.

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