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BU bit first, taking a one-goal chunk out of Thiessen and Northeastern’s mystique. Colby Cohen roofed a low-angle shot over the goalie’s shoulder; the disc popped out again in a hurry, but not before the official on the spot had vehemently indicated the goal’s legitimacy.

The play went under review, of course, but it took under 30 seconds for the proper call to be upheld.

A freak carom led to a shocking stoppage on the ensuing play, as a rim-ringing slapshot leapt off the glass and caught ref Scott Hansen around the eye socket. Hansen writhed on the ice as the trainers rushed to his aid; the veteran referee bled enough to require an ice-crew touch-up, and put a definite damper on the game as he was attended to. He skated off under his own power, but the game continued with one referee and two linesmen.