BU 2, BC 1

Forsbacka Karlsson, Clayton Keller propel BU over BC

Clayton Keller (left) scored the game-winner for BU.
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/File 2017
Clayton Keller (left) scored the game-winner for BU.

A trip from Pleasant Street to Brighton Avenue on the Green Line would run longer than the time it took to decide the 271st meeting between the Boston University and Boston College men’s hockey teams.

With all the game’s goals scored in a four-minute stretch, the fifth-ranked Terriers edged the No. 8 Eagles, 2-1, Saturday night at Agganis Arena.

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson broke a scoreless tie at 3:47 of the second period and Clayton Keller scored minutes later to give BU its fifth straight win.


“A really good win against a really good team,” said BU coach David Quinn. “I thought we had a real good first [and second] period, had some great chances.”

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Forsbacka Karlsson, a 2015 second-round draft pick by the Bruins, netted his team-leading ninth goal of the season for the Terriers (13-5-2, 6-2-2 Hockey East). It was his sixth tally in the last three games.

“When you keep playing the right way you get rewarded,” said Quinn. “He goes to the net, makes the pass to the point, and beats his guy to the net-front. It’s nice to see that he’s getting rewarded and we’re certainly happy he’s scoring goals because all of a sudden we look like a different team.”

BU secured its first win over the Eagles (14-8-2, 9-2-1) since Nov. 7, 2014, and its first home victory over its Commonweath Avenue rival since Nov. 30, 2012.

With the win, the Terriers improve to 131-122-18 all-time vs. Boston College.


“I thought our team played well,” said BC coach Jerry York. “Disappointing to not get a point on the road like this. But two good teams, not much difference in the game tonight.”

Both teams registered 33 shots on goal, and BU freshman Jake Oettinger edged his counterpart Joe Woll in saves, 32-31. Woll is also a freshman.

After Forsbacka Karlsson’s strike early in the middle frame, the Eagles went on the man-advantage where slick passing between Matthew Gaudreau and Casey Fitzgerald found a wide-open Colin White on the doorstep for his team-leading 11th goal.

“The one goal we got was terrific power play puck movement, very unselfish,” said York.

But less than two minutes later, Jordan Greenway fed Keller for his eighth goal of the year.


“People talk about [Jordan’s] size and strength and certainly that’s evident, but what doesn’t get as much attention is what a great playmaker he has and what great vision he has,” said Quinn. “He’s a guy that makes other players around him better.”

And while BU entered the final frame with a one-goal lead, BC did not go quietly.

“Thought they controlled play in third, we gave them too much room,” said Quinn. “I just didn’t love our gaps in the third period. Our goalie stood tall in the third.”

BU forward Tommy Kelly did not play, serving a one-game suspension for an incident Sunday against UMass.

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Before the game, representatives from multiple countries were honored in front of a sellout crowd of 6,150 at Jack Parker Rink for their participation in the recent World Junior Championships.

BU’s Oettinger, Patrick Harper, Greenway, Keller, and Charlie McAvoy, as well as BC’s Woll, Fitzgerald, and White were recognized as members of the gold medal American team.

“It’s great to have them back,” said Quinn. I’m sure Jerry’s glad to have his guys back. I hope that they’ll be better players for what they went through and I think they will be.”

BC’s Jesper and Julius Mattila represented Finland, while BU’s Dante Fabbro played for silver-medalist Canada.

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