BOSTON — The Boston University Terriers hold a 2-0 lead over North Dakota after one period of the second national semifinal at the TD Garden.
Freshman phenom Jack Eichel, who on Friday will find out if he will be the first rookie since 1993 to win the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player, scored the frame’s first goal on the power play.
With his back to the net, and knowing that North Dakota goaltender Zane McIntyre was down and out, Eichel threw a no-look shot on net at 4:59 of the period.
Another man advantage led to a 2-0 Terriers lead when another rookie, defenseman Brandon Hickey, blasted a shot through a screen past McIntyre at 19:17.
The teams each had nine shots in the first, although BU was 2-for-2 on the power play. North Dakota did not score in its one full chance with the man advantage and will have 1:27 remaining on a power play to begin the second.
If the Terriers win, it will set up an all-Hockey East national title game on Saturday for the first time since 1999. Providence beat Omaha 4-1 in the first semifinal.