Matt Lane scored two goals, Matt O’Connor stopped 39 shots, and Boston University defeated ninth-ranked Northeastern, 4-2, on Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
The loss, coupled with victories by Providence and New Hampshire, dropped the Huskies from third into fifth place in Hockey East. Northeastern (18-12-4, 10-8-2) still earns a first-round bye, but will now have to travel to UNH in a Hockey East quarterfinal series.
Doyle Somerby scored the winner in the second period for the Terriers (10-20-4, 5-12-3).
Behind 35 saves from Jon Gillies, No. 12 Providence upended No. 18 Maine, 3-2, in Orono.
The Friars (19-9-6, 11-7-2) swept the weekend series with the Black Bears (15-13-4, 9-8-3), securing the third seed in Hockey East.
New Hampshire jumped into fourth place with a 5-2 win at Merrimack (8-21-3, 3-15-2).
Kevin Goumas had a goal and three assists and Casey DeSmith made 49 saves for the Wildcats (19-16-1, 11-9-0).
BU will travel to Notre Dame, Maine will host Merrimack, and Vermont will host UMass in single-elimination games next weekend.
Vermont 3, UMass-Lowell 2 — Mario Puskarich’s 18th goal of the season lifted the No. 17 Catamounts (18-12-3, 10-10-0) over the seventh-ranked River Hawks in Burlington, Vt.
UMass-Lowell (21-9-4, 11-6-3) had already clinched the second seed in Hockey East.
Union 3, Brown 0 — Marco DeFilippo turned aside 30 shots for the host Bears (11-15-3, 8-13-1 ECAC), but the No. 3 Dutchmen potted three goals in the final 7:09 to push their unbeaten streak to nine games.
Saugus native Mike Vecchione recorded an assist for Union (24-6-4, 18-3-1).
Quinnipiac 1, Clarkson 1 — Connor Jones’s goal on the power play helped the No. 8 Bobcats (22-8-6, 12-6-4 ECAC) salvage a tie with the host Golden Knights (18-14-4, 11-9-2).
Cornell 3, Harvard 2 — The visiting Crimson (10-15-4, 6-12-4 ECAC) surrendered a two-goal lead in the second before falling in overtime to the No. 11 Big Red (15-8-5, 11-7-4).
Yale 5, Rensselaer 0 — Jesse Root scored in the first period and the No. 15 Bulldogs (15-9-5, 10-8-4 ECAC) tacked on four more goals in the third to beat the visiting Engineers (14-14-6, 8-9-5).
Colgate 2, Dartmouth 1 — Charles Grant made 26 saves for the visiting Big Green (8-17-4, 7-13-2 ECAC) but the No. 16 Raiders (17-12-5, 13-6-3) scored twice in the third period to prevail.
Bentley 4, AIC 1 — Justin Breton, Jared Rickord, and Alex Kubiak each had a goal and an assist as the visiting Falcons (18-12-4, 16-7-4) edged the Yellow Jackets (10-23-1, 9-17-1), earning the second seed in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs.
Sacred Heart 2, UConn 1 — Drew George’s power-play strike 6:22 into the third period sent the host Pioneers (12-22-0, 11-16-0) past the Huskies (18-12-4, 15-9-3), who are the fourth seed in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs
Holy Cross 2, Army 0 — Tim Driscoll and Shayne Stockton scored, lifting the visiting Crusaders (12-19-3, 11-13-3 Atlantic Hockey) to victory.
ECAC quarterfinals — Miye D’Oench scored 4:01 into the second OT, powering No. 5 Harvard (22-5-4) to a 3-2 victory over visiting Yale and setting up a deciding third game on Sunday afternoon at Bright-Landry Center. Jaime Leonoff was exceptional for Yale (9-15-7), stopping 53 shots, including 18 after regulation. The victor of Sunday’s contest will face No. 6 Cornell (22-5-4) in the semifinals . . . Shiann Darkangelo had a goal and an assist as No. 7 Quinnipiac edged St. Lawrence, 2-1. The host Bobcats (22-5-9) won the series, 2-0, and will face No. 3 Clarkson (27-4-5) in the semifinals.
Hockey East quarterfinals — Brittany Zuback’s goal 17:12 into the third OT ended the longest game in Hockey East women’s history and propelled host Vermont to a 3-2 win against Maine. The Catamounts led, 2-0, entering the third period but Emilie Brigham and Hailey Browne scored in the third to pull the Black Bears (7-20-5) even. Roxanne Douville made 24 of her 50 saves after regulation for Vermont (18-13-4), which faces BC in the semifinals in Hyannis next weekend . . . Louise Warren’s tally in the third lifted host BU to a 3-2 win over Providence (11-24-0). The Terriers (22-12-1) face Northeastern in the semifinals.