Typically in college hockey, the team with more horses usually finds a way to win. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, Boston University thoroughbred Jack Eichel decided to take over the game Saturday night in a 6-1 win for the Terriers.
Behind two goals and two assists from Eichel, BU was able to secure the win in the series finale and send the Badgers back to the drawing board one night after blowing a two-goal lead in the final two minutes of the game.
"This was a dress rehearsal for playing well on Saturday night after a tough Friday night game, and the reviews weren't very good," Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. "So, we're not quite ready for prime time."
Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead 2:04 into the second period when Jedd Soleway was able to jab a shot past Connor LaCouvee. Morgan Zulinick and Cameron Hughes assisted on the goal. The assist extended Zulinick's point streak to seven games.
Unfortunately for the Badgers, that was all the offense they would be able to generate on the night.
BU went on to score six straight goals in the final two periods, highlighted by Eichel's two goals.
Eichel, who is a potential No. 1 overall NHL Draft pick, showed why scouts are drooling over him, scoring an even-strength conversion 4:50 into the second period after walking around defenseman Kevin Schulze. Eichel added a power play tally at the end of the period when he flicked his wrists and the puck zipped into the back of the net in the blink of en eye.
"He has the same presence that Ryan Suter had here," Eaves said. "He understands the game, he plays upright. He sees it, kind of like a quarterback in the pocket, he can make plays. He's special."
Danny O'Regan added two goals on the night and Nikolas Olsson and Evan Rodrigues also chipped in goals for the Terriers in the 6-1 victory.
LaCouvee, who has been BU's backup goalie most of the season, finished the night with 32 saves on 33 shots, while Joel Rumpel stopped 26 of 32 Boston University shots.
Notes (courtesy UW):
- Sophomore forward Jedd Soleway scored his second goal in as many games, giving UW a 1-0 lead 2:04 into the second period.
- Redshirt sophomore forward Morgan Zulinick extended his point streak to seven games with an assist.
- UW went 0-for-7 on the power play, allowed a short-handed goal, and gave up two power-play tallies to BU.
- BU frosh Jack Eichel, the nation's leading scorer, tallied two goals and two assists one night after UW kept him off the scoresheet.
- Senior goaltender Joel Rumpel made 26 saves in defeat.
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