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Boston University heads to Frozen Four

Sunday, 03.29.2009 / 10:05 PM / On Campus

By NHL.com Staff

Just when it seemed yet another NCAA Tournament game was headed to overtime, Boston University's Jason Lawrence had other ideas.

The senior broke a 1-1 tie with just 14.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Terriers to a dramatic 2-1 victory against the University of New Hampshire at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. on Sunday.

With the score tied late in the third period, UNH sophomore James van Riemsdyk -- a Philadelphia Flyers' prospect -- was whistled for hooking to give the Terriers a late power-play opportunity. Lawrence scored the winner by taking a shot from the left of the crease that was headed wide, but a UNH defenseman sprawled on the ice in an attempt to block the pass and inadvertently knocked the puck over the goal line.

Lawrence was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Northeast Regional and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by goaltender Kieran Millan (27 saves), senior defenseman Matt Gilroy and sophomore forward Nick Bonino. UNH's Kevin Kapstad and Peter LeBlanc were also named to the All-Tournament Team.

Corey Trivino -- who was selected in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders -- opened the scoring 13:43 into the game. UNH evened the game at 5:52 of the second with a goal in transition, as junior Bobby Butler knocked in a rebound above the right post following a shot by LeBlanc.

Boston University, which has won five in a row, now heads to the Frozen Four. The Terriers (33-6-4) will face Vermont -- which knocked off Air Force in double overtime on Saturday night -- on April 9 in Washington.
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