In other local college hockey playoff action:
No. 3 Boston University 4, No. 6 New Hampshire 2
Following Friday night's 3-2 double-overtime loss to the Wildcats, BU coach Jack Parker said he didn't recognize the team that showed up in scarlet and white. On Saturday, there was no mistaking Parker's Terriers (22-13-1), as they bounced back to pin a 4-2 loss on the Wildcats (15-18-3), forcing a deciding third game in the quarterfinal series on Sunday at Agganis Arena.
BU got an early break when the on-ice officials allowed Terrier Alex Chiasson to take a whack at a puck covered by UNH goaltender Casey DeSmith. He knocked the puck free, and Chris Connolly tapped it into the net. UNH's Stevie Moses countered with a second-period rocket over Kieran Millan's right shoulder to knot the game 1-1.
BU's Sahir Gill put the Terriers up at 17:16 of the second, but UNH's Connor Hardowa answered at 4:04 of the third. Only 50 seconds later, BU's Matt Nieto put Parker's squad up for good, 3-2, and Ryan Santana completed the scoring at 7:18. BU goalie Kieran Millan, who was brilliant in defeat on Friday, backstopped the win with 35 saves, while UNH's Desmith stopped 32 Terrier shots.
The teams meet Sunday to decide who moves on to the league semifinals next Friday at TD Garden. A BU win would end the Wildcats' season, while a UNH win could leave the Terriers, a virtual lock for the NCAA tournament, wondering where they'll be seeded.
No. 5 Merrimack 5, No. 4 Maine 2
The Warriors' NCAA dream is still alive. In a role reversal from Friday night's game -- a 2-1 Maine win -- the 10th-ranked Black Bears (21-12-3) took an early lead on Matt Mangene's goal at 3:51 of the first, but Merrimack responded with strikes by Rhett Bly and Josh Myers to take a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
Merrimack (18-11-7) added two more goals late in the second, by Jeff Velleca and Bly, to give the 14th-ranked Warriors a commanding lead in this penalty-marred affair (26 MC penalties for 98 minutes, and 24 Maine penalties for 86 minutes). Maine got within two on Adam Shemansky's power-play goal at 8:03 of the third, but MC's Dan Kolomitis put the game out of reach with an empty-netter at 19:58.
Compared with Friday's action, Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata had a relatively easy evening, finishing with 28 saves, while Maine's Dan Sullivan stopped 32 Merrimack shots.
The deciding game will be held Sunday evening at Maine's Alfond Arena.
No. 3 Harvard 4, No. 6 Yale 3, 2 OT
The Harvard Crimson (11-9-11) has been a team that's lived on the edge all year, so why should its quarterfinal series against Yale (16-15-3) be any different? Already trailing 1-0 in the best-of-three series, the Crimson took Game 2 in double overtime on Dan Ford's goal. Ted Donato's troops fell behind to the Bulldogs, 2-0, on first-period goals by Colin Dueck and Chad Ziegler. In the second, Harvard responded with goals by Danny Biega and Marshall Everson, and then took the lead on Biega's second of the night at 11:20 of the third. However, Yale's Antoine Laganiere scored with only 27 seconds left to send the game into extra sessions, setting the stage for Ford's overtime dagger. Both Yale's Nick Maricic (49 saves) and Harvard's Raphael Girard (48 saves) were tremendous.
The two teams will decide who advances to Atlantic City on Sunday at the Bright Center.