Back in Hockey East following a two-game set at North Dakota last weekend, Boston University kept up its successful start Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Merrimack in North Andover. The 11th-ranked Terriers have won four of their last five games, improving to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
Senior Wade Megan was the catalyst for BU with a three-point night. He assisted on Ahti Oksanen’s goal that broke a scoreless tie early in the second period, and at 8:42 of the second he deposited a goal for a 2-0 advantage.
After John Heffernan pulled the Warriors (4-4-1, 3-2-1) within one goal 14 seconds into the third, Evan Rodrigues kept BU in control with a strike at 12:46, assisted by Megan and Matt Grzelcyk.
Freshman Matt O’Connor had 34 saves while improving to 5-0-0 for BU, which hits the ice Sunday against No. 1 Boston College at Agganis Arena.
UMass 4, Providence 0 — Kevin Boyle stopped all 17 shots he faced for his first career shutout, Michael Pereira had a goal and two assists, and Colin Shea had a shorthanded strike during a three-goal second period for the Minutemen (3-4-0, 2-4-0 Hockey East) in Amherst.
Jon Gillies recorded 28 saves for the Friars (4-4-1, 3-3-0).
UMass-Lowell 2, Maine 1 — Josh Holmstrom’s second-period goal proved to be the difference for the No. 17 River Hawks (2-3-1, 1-2-1 Hockey East) in Lowell. Ben Hutton scored early for the Black Bears (1-9-0, 0-5-0), who have lost seven in a row.
Union 6, Harvard 2 — The eighth-ranked Dutchmen (6-1-1, 3-0-0 ECAC) scored two goals in each period to rout the Crimson (2-2-0, 1-2-0) at Bright Center. Jimmy Vesey and Patrick McNally scored for Harvard.
St. Lawrence 3, Brown 3 — The Bears (1-3-1, 0-2-1 ECAC) fought back from a 3-0 deficit to earn a tie with the No. 13 Saints (5-1-1, 0-0-1) in Providence. Nick Lappin’s power-play goal at 5:44 of the third was the equalizer.
Dartmouth 4, Rensselaer 0— At Hanover, N.H., Tyler Sikura had a shorthanded tally and assisted on the first of three goals for the Big Green (4-0-1, 3-0-0 ECAC) in the second period.
Clarkson 1, Yale 0 — Jarrett Burton broke up a scoreless game with 2:09 left in regulation as the visiting Golden Knights (1-4-3) edged the Bulldogs (2-2-1, 1-2-0) in their ECAC opener.
Quinnipiac 3, Colgate 2 — At Hamden, Conn., Russell Goodman’s goal 1:22 into overtime, his second of the game, lifted the Bobcats (4-3-1) in their first ECAC contest.
Holy Cross 4, Bentley 3 — Eric Vos’s unassisted goal midway through the final period in Worcester picked up the Crusaders (5-2-0, 4-2-0 Atlantic). Andrew Gladiuk scored twice for the Falcons (3-4-0, 2-2-0).
New Hampshire 4, BU 2 — The host Wildcats (4-7-0, 2-2-0 Hockey East) held off the fifth-ranked Terriers (7-3-1, 3-2-1). Arielle O’Neill and Jessica Hitchcock scored 10 seconds apart for UNH early in the second period.