In an anticipated duel between the top two teams in the NCAA, Jacob Fowler made 26 saves to help Boston College (No. 2) defeat Boston University (No. 1) 4-1 on Friday night.
The Eagles were able to rely on the offensive contribution of their attacking stars in this confrontation between the two great rivals. Ryan Leonard, Gaby Perreault and Cutter Gauthier each scored the winning goal. All three forwards played for Fowler as the United States conquered the recent World Junior Championships.
Jack Hughes, son of Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes, denied Fowler the shutout by scoring the Terriers' only goal with less than seven minutes left in the game. Hughes found the mistake by hitting the goalkeeper with a shot over his shield from the left circle.
Fowler, who was selected 69th overall in the last draft by the Canadiens, earned his 17th win after starting all 22 of his team's games this season.
Len Hutson and Luke Tuch, who also belong to the Habs, had evenings to remember. Both players were removed from the scoring list, in addition to recording a -3 differential.
Hutson still tested Fowler with four shots on target, as did McLean Celebrini who was unable to beat the goalkeeper despite five attempts on net.
Boston's opponents had identical 16-4-1 records heading into the game.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday evening at 7 p.m., this time at Boston University Stadium.