A broken finger sidelined Boston University senior Sean Maguire for last weekend’s two-game set against New Hampshire.
The senior was stellar in his return to the lineup for Friday night’s Hockey East showdown against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Maguire delivered 33 stops as the ninth-ranked Terriers (19-9-5, 12-5-4) held off the No. 10 Fighting Irish, 3-2.
The Terriers can secure the third seed, and a first-round bye in the Hockey East tourney with a win against host ND Saturday.
Senior center Mike Moran gave BU a 2-1 lead early in the second period, finishing off a rebound after a bid by Chase Phelps. Midway through the third period, freshman defenseman Charlie McAvoy pushed the margin to 3-1 on a one-timer.
With an extra attacker on, the Irish (18-8-7, 14-4-2) closed within one when captain Steven Fogarty stuffed in a rebound, but the rally ended there.
Senior Danny O’Regan collected a pair of assists for 148 career points, the most by a Terrier since Chris Drury, who graduated in 1998 with 214.
Northeastern 5, Maine 3 — The resurgent Huskies (15-13-5, 9-8-4 Hockey East) pocketed their sixth straight win thanks to two goals from freshman Eric Williams and a career-high 34 saves from fellow first-year Ryan Ruck to bounce the Black Bears (8-21-6, 5-14-2) at Matthews Arena.
A minute after the strike by Williams, Patrick Schule gave NU a 4-2 lead. The Stevens brothers, Nolan (3 assists) and John (2 assists), combined for five points. Adam Gaudette had a goal and an assist.
Clarkson 2, Harvard 1 — Needing one point this weekend in upstate New York to earn a first-round bye in the ECAC playoffs, the 12th-ranked Crimson (15-9-4, 11-6-4 ECAC) were blanked for 59 minutes, 48 seconds in falling to the Golden Knights (17-13-3, 9-9-3) at Creel Arena.
Kyle Criscuolo scored the lone goal, from Jimmy Vesey and Alexander Kerfoot.
Harvard plays at St. Lawrence Saturday night.
Providence 4, UMass 1 — The fifth-ranked Friars (24-5-4, 15-3-3 Hockey East) received two goals from Brandon Tanev to topple the Minutemen (8-21-4, 2-15-4) in Amherst.
Nick Saracino had a goal and an assist for the Friars.
UConn 4, New Hampshire 1 — In his first game back after sitting eight games with an injury, sophomore Corey Ronan of Franklin gave the Huskies the early lead, connecting on a shorthanded goal to spark the Huskies (10-19-4, 5-12-4 Hockey East) past the Wildcats (10-17-6, 5-11-6) at the XL Center in Hartford.
Quinnipiac 4, Brown 1 — The top-ranked Bobcats (24-2-7, 15-1-5 ECAC) clinched the conference title with a convincing win over the Bears (5-16-6, 3-13-5) in Hamden, Conn.
Boston College 5, Maine 2 —Freshman Makenna Newkirk scored a pair of goals and Dana Trivigno collected three points to power the Eagles (35-0-0) past the visting Black Bears (10-23-2) in the first game of their best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals.
Newkirk broke up a 2-2 game midway through the second period, popping a rebound into an open net after Meghann Treacy had denied an initial bid from Andie Anastos. Travigno doubled the margin 1:38 into the third period, backhanding a five-hole shot past Treacy. Newkirk added an empty-netter for the Eagles with three seconds left.
Senior Alex Carpenter, the nation’s second-leading scorer (38 goals, 38 assists), was kept off the scoresheet for just the fourth time in 35 games.
Taking note of Maine’s focus on Carpenter and the first line, BC coach Katie Crowley lauded the work of her second and third lines. “I thought [they] were great,” she said. “I thought their forecheck was great . . . They were very good — all six of those kids were good.”
“I think Alex has that target on her back every game we play. Now that we’re in the playoffs, they’re going to start getting more physical. She’s been handling it fairly well — it’s tough to get beat on like that — but I think she handled it well.”
The Eagles can close out the series against the visiting Black Bears (10-23-2) Saturday night.
Northeastern 5, Providence 2 — Senior forward Kendall Coyne tallied her 45th and 46th goals, the first score triggering a three-goals-in-52-seconds onslaught late in the second period as host NU (27-7-1) took control in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals against the Friars.
With her three-point afternoon, Coyne tied Vicky Sunohara’s single-season program record with 78 points. She is the fifth women’s player since 2000 to register 46 goals in a season, joining Nicole Corriero (Harvard), Jennifer Botterill (Harvard), Hilary Knight (Wisconsin), and Amanda Kessele (Minnesota). North Reading’s Sarah Foss made 33 saves in goal. Providence dropped to 10-23-2.
Colgate 4, Harvard 1 — Sophomore Megan Sullivan struck for a pair of first-period tallies as the ninth-ranked Raiders (21-7-7) captured the opener of the best-of-3 ECAC first-round series in Hamilton, N.Y. Junior Sydney Daniels netted her team-leading 19th goal for the Crimson (16-11-2), who will try to avoid elimination Saturday night back at Starr Arena.