By: Jarett Leonard
BOSTON — After securing an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a win over Providence in the Hockey East Championship game, No. 18 Boston University will head to Worcester to face No. 2 Cornell in the Northeast regional Saturday afternoon.
“It’s going to be fun,” junior Bobo Carpenter said. “We can play hockey, we’ve proved that throughout the season. We know we’re a good hockey team and we’re excited to be here. No matter who we face we’re going to come out with everything we got and it’s going to be a fun one.”
No. 7 Northeastern and No. 11 Michigan will also be in Worcester, with the winner of each game squaring off for a spot in the Frozen Four. Puck drop from the DCU Center is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday between the Terriers and the Big Red, with the Huskies and Wolverines following at 4:30 p.m.
It will be the second matchup of the year between BU and Cornell, as the Big Red captured their first Kelly-Harkness Trophy with a 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden in Red Hot Hockey on Nov. 25.
Cornell scored the first three goals of the contest to take a commanding lead into the second intermission before Dante Fabbro’s power play goal got the Terriers on the board early in the third period. But the Big Red restored their three goal lead on Tristan Mullin’s first career goal, and late tallies from Chad Krys and Patrick Harper would not be enough for the Terriers. Cornell freshman goaltender Matthew Galajda made 35 saves for the win.
“It’s a team that’s big and strong, they’ve got some skill, they’re great in the net. They’re a number one seed for a reason,” BU Head Coach David Quinn said of Cornell. “When you’re in the National Tournament you’re playing a great team, and we’re certainly playing a great team in Cornell.”