Fabbro's hat trick leads BU past Merrimack

Photo by Mike McMahonMerrimack's Cole McBride tries to beat BU goaltender Jake Oettinger in the first period.

NORTH ANDOVER — When there’s blood in the water, the Boston University men’s hockey team has always been like a pack of sharks. The Terriers scored three times in 70 seconds near the end of the first period to turn a one-goal Merrimack lead into a two-goal deficit for the Warriors, and then BU survived a third-period Merrimack comeback for a 4-3 win at Lawler Arena last night.

The Warriors took the lead in the first period when Brett Seney surged down the left-wing side and beat BU goaltender Jake Oettinger over the shoulder.

Dante Fabbro, who scored a hat trick for the Terriers, netted his first goal on the power play at the 17:07 mark of the first period. Shane Bowers gave BU the lead 47 seconds later and then 23 seconds after that, Fabbro’s second of the night gave the Terriers a two-goal lead.

“BU has always been like that when blood is in the water,” Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said. “They can score quickly. That said, I think that the power-play goal was a breakdown on our part. It was a good play by them, but we didn’t execute. It was a poor decision that created a 2 on 1. It’s not a great decision to run to the guy and we made a couple big mistakes and the puck was on the wrong guy’s stick.”

Early in the second period, it appeared that the Warriors made it a 3-2 game, but after a lengthy review, the goal was called back.

“They said it never went in,” Dennehy said of the explanation. “The puck never crossed the line.”

Marc Biega would eventually cut the score to 3-2 at the 17:34 mark of the second period — also on the power play — and Seney’s second goal of the game tied the score just 4:48 into the third period.

But then the puck found its way to Fabbro again, and the sophomore defenseman finished the hat trick with 4:37 left in the third period to give BU the win.

“He’s been battling some injuries for a while,” said BU head coach David Quinn. “This week of practice put him at ease mentally and he played more confident tonight. He was a little tentative (last week), just because of the injuries he was battling, so this was a big night for him and a big night for us.”

Merrimack and BU wrap up the weekend home-and-home series tonight at Agganis Arena (7 p.m.). The Warriors and Terriers will play again in February, but the Terriers will be without forward Jordan Greenway, who will be with Team USA at the Olympics in South Korea.

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