Box Score Oct. 30, 2015
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BU Goals: MacLeod | Lane | Hickey
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The No. 7/8 Boston University men's ice hockey team came up just short in North Andover on Friday evening, dropping a 4-3 contest to No. 17 Merrimack at Lawler Arena.
Late in the second period with teams skating 4-on-4 following matching minors, the Warriors scored twice just over a minute apart to break a 2-2 late.
BU (2-3-0, 1-2-0 Hockey East), which held a 30-17 shot advantage over the final two periods, made it 4-3 early in the third on a Brandon Hickey goal and threatened on a late power play before the Warriors held to earn their first league win.
Merrimack (3-0-2, 1-0-2 HE) remained undefeated on the year and got a 34-save performance from Collin Delia.
The Warriors scored on the first shot of the game just 48 seconds after the opening faceoff when Brett Seney converted from the left circle. Ben Bahe pounced on rebound at the 9:26 mark to double the home team's lead.
Down 2-0 entering the second, BU battled back to draw even.
Sophomore John MacLeod ripped a shot from the right point to the back of the net at 4:29 for his first goal of the season. Classmate Brien Diffley and junior Robbie Baillargeon assisted on the tally.
Less than four minutes later, freshman Jordan Greenway sprung Matt Lane on a breakaway and the senior backhanded the puck through Merrimack goaltender Collin Delia's legs to make it a 2-2 affair. Junior Doyle Somerby picked up a secondary assist on the goal.
On the decisive 4-on-4, which started with 5:52 left in the second, Hampus Gustafsson and Bahe teamed up for a rush off a neutral-zone turnover, resulting in a Gustafsson goal to give the Warriors the lead back at 3-2.
Sixty-three seconds later, Merrimack secured its second two-goal lead of the night when Ethan Spaxman converted from the slot for his first collegiate goal.
Senior goaltender Sean Maguire made 10 saves on 14 shots for BU before being relieved by sophomore Connor LaCouvee after the Spaxman goal.
The Terriers got back within one when Hickey scored from the left point, placing the puck off the post and in at the 4:04 mark with helpers from senior Ahti Oksanen and sophomore Brandon Fortunato.
The Terriers got a power-play chance with 1:29 left and pulled LaCouvee to create a 6-on-4 advantage, but could not come up with an equalizer.
LaCouvee stopped all 12 shots he faced. BU was 0-for-3 on the power play but successfully killed off all four of the Warriors' chances with the man advantage.
The Terriers will return to action on Saturday (Oct. 31) when they play host to No. 5 Denver. Game time at Agganis Arena is set for 4 p.m.