The Boston University Terriers were finally in action over the weekend in the Hockey East Quarterfinals after a first round bye. BU welcomed fellow Boston institution of higher education, Northeastern, to Agganis Arena for a best-of-3 series. BU swept the series but it may have been the most competitive of the Hockey East quarters with two 3-2 games. BU won Game 1 in overtime, and in Game 2 the Terriers scored with just 25 seconds remaining in the game.

Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson was one of the biggest reasons why the Terriers escaped with the series sweep. JFK was held off the score sheet in Game 1, but in game 2 he was in on all 3 goals. JFK scored a power play goal with just over 5 minutes remaining in the 2nd period to cut the BU deficit in half.

BU scored the tying goal 3:01 into the 3rd period with JFK getting the primary assist.  The moment that stood out to me was at 18:26 of the 3rd period JFK collected the puck on the right side boards in Northeastern’s zone. He then attempted a nice move to split two defenders and drew a hooking penalty that resulted in the game winning power play goal, which again he had the primary assist on. JFK now has 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 36 games.

Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson along with fellow Terrier teammate and Bruins Prospect, Charlie McAvoy, renew their Comm Ave. rivalry in the Hockey East Semi-final this Friday night at 8pm against Boston College. The Hockey East Final Four is played in, hopefully the future home arena for McAvoy and JFK, Boston’s TD Garden. All Hockey East Final Four games can be seen on NESN. Notre Dame and Bruin’s prospect Anders Bjork (19 goals, 28 assists) will play in the first game of Friday night’s double header against UMass-Lowell.

Other Prospect Notes:

  • Charlie McAvoy (4 goals, 20 assists) also had his hand in BU’s successful weekend. McAvoy assisted on all three goals in Game 2 and also added an assist in Game 1 for a combined 4 helpers on the weekend.
  • Cameron Hughes (7 goals, 24 assists) and Trent Frederic’s (15 goals, 18 assists) Wisconsin Badgers have a first round bye in the Big 10 Conference tournament. They will play Friday night at 4:30p on the Big 10 Network.
  • Ryan Donato’s (18 goals, 18 assists) Harvard Crimson are the top seed in the ECAC Final Four played in Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena. Harvard takes on Quinnipiac at 4:05pm. The game can be seen on NESN plus. If Harvard wins hopefully yours truly will be in attendance for Saturday’s championship game.
  • Jesse Gabrielle (33 goals, 29 assists) also had a nice weekend by scoring 3 goals and 3 assists in 3 games.

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