BOSTON – Matt Wright scored from 20 feet out to snap a second period tie and end Providence’s Cinderella run at the title as Boston University won 3-2 for the Hockey East championship Saturday.
Sixth-seeded Providence, with a 12-16-6 record, already had beaten No. 3 New Hampshire and No. 1 Maine to get into the championship finals. No. 2 Boston was the defending champ.
Wright used a teammate and an enemy defenseman to break free and fire a clean 20-footer past Providence goalie Bob Bell at 12:52 to give the Terriers an automatic berth in the NCAA tourney starting next week.
Earlier in the second period, Mike Grier had given Boston a 2-1 with his 29th goal of the season at 4:52 but the Friars’ Brady Kramer tied it with his 23rd at 9:40 in the role of trailer on a three-man break.
Providence opened the scoring with Chad Quenneville getting the goal at 11:52 of the first period but BU’s Ken Rausch tied it at 1-1 by canning Grier’s rebound at 15:04.
Bell stopped 40 of the Terriers 43 shots while Derek Herlofsky stopped 24 of 26 shots by the Friars.
Boston goes into the NCAA Tournament with a 28-6-3 record. The Terriers were national finalists a year ago. Providence’s season apparently ends at 14-17-6.