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UConn Men’s Hockey Season Ended By No. 20 Boston University

The Huskies played well, but it was not enough to beat Jake Oettinger in net.

UConn’s Jesse Schwartz (17) tries to slip one past BU goalie Jake Oettinger (29) in Game 2 of the Hockey East quarterfinals.
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UConn men’s hockey played a strong game on Saturday night, but Jake Oettinger was stronger, making 36 saves in net as No. 20 Boston University escaped the Huskies 2-1 to move on to the Hockey East tournament semifinals.

“We gave it everything we had,” UConn captain Derek Pratt said.

Max Kalter scored the lone UConn goal, despite sending 37 shots at Oettinger, including 28 in the final 40 minutes.

The Huskies dominated the third period, generating 15 shots to the Terriers’ five and allowed just three shots on five penalties overall, but could not come out with the win.

Boston University started similar to how UConn did on Friday night and had much of the puck possession to begin proceedings, but it wasn’t a completely dominant performance as the game quickly evened out.

The Huskies limited their shot attempts, out-attempting them 18-to-14, which translated to a 9-to-7 advantage in shots on goal.

Statistically, it was a dead heat and it appeared as though it would be even on the scoreboard after 20 minutes, but a late penalty did UConn in.

Adam Karashik took a roughing call with 20 seconds to go in the frame and fired a rocket from the right circle to beat Huska with just 3.1 seconds to go.

“It’s never good when you give up a goal with three seconds left,” UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “But we weren’t panicked.”

The Huskies took another penalty early in the second and it looked like it would go south quickly, but they stood up and dominated play for a lot of the rest of the period, forcing David Quinn to take his timeout early, at 5:04, and they tied it up as well.

Joe Masonius took a slap shot from the left point and Max Kalter was there to redirect it past Jake Oettinger to tie things up.

The deadlocked score would be short-lived, as Logan Cockerill took a feed on the bottom of the right circle from Shane Bowers and he was all alone. He was able to wait out Huska and give the Terriers the lead at 16:52 of the period.

“We didn’t change anything after the second period,” Cavanaugh said. “We pressure teams, we come after you, we don’t sit back and that’s how we’re going to play.”

Cavanaugh’s belief in their game showed as they had one of their best periods of the year when their season depended on it.

The Huskies took an early penalty and did not allow a shot on goal while down and for the final 13 minutes, forced the Terriers to hold on for dear life.

They iced the puck time after time just to get a breather after UConn was generating solid scoring chances, but it was not enough to beat a stellar Oettinger.

“[Oettinger] was terrific,” Cavanaugh said.