BU hockey team knocks off top-seeded Cornell

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Goalie Jake Oettinger makes a glove save. –JOHN CETRINO/FOR THE GLOBE

WORCESTER — David Farrance, a freshman defenseman who’d scored only twice all season, produced the third-period winner Saturday afternoon as Boston University’s fourth-seeded hockey team held off top-seeded Cornell, 3-1, at the DCU Center to advance to Sunday’s finale and a date with the Northeastern-Michigan victor with a trip to next month’s Frozen Four in St. Paul on the line.

Cornell (25-6-2), the ECAC regular-season champion, struck first after a scoreless opening period with Trevor Yates beating goalie Jake Oettinger with a wrister from the right circle at 7:27 of the middle session. But BU (22-13-4), the Hockey East tournament titlist, quickly equalized on Shane Bowers’s tally in front just 36 seconds later. Then the Terriers grabbed the lead at 4:39 of the third period when Farrance scored from the left circle.

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From there BU relied on tight checking and flawless work by Oettinger to hold the Big Red at bay, particularly after goalie Matt Galajda was pulled with 1:22 to play. Logan Cockerill potted an empty-net goal with 17 seconds left to provide the clincher for BU, which ran its unbeaten streak to eight.

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