LOWELL, Mass. - The Boston University men's ice hockey team dropped a 3-2 road contest to UMass Lowell on Friday evening at Tsongas Center.
Despite taking a 2-1 lead into the third, the Terriers allowed the River Hawks to tie the game on a 5-on-3 power play and then get a go-ahead goal on an unlucky deflection off a BU skate.
Freshman Brady Tkachuk and senior Drew Melanson each scored for the Terriers, who fall to 7-10-1 overall and 5-6-1 in Hockey East play. UMass Lowell now stands at 9-7-0 with a 6-5-0 conference mark.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Terriers scored in the opening minute of both the first and second periods to take leads of 1-0 and 2-1.
- Just 42 seconds after the opening faceoff, Tkachuk sent home a rebound in the low shot following a shot by junior Jordan Greenway.
- The River Hawks tied the game on a power play at 7:34 of the first as a one-timer from the stick of Chris Forney went off the body of Jake Kamrass and in.
- BU once again found success on a fresh sheet of ice as a power play that carried over to the second period produced Melanson's first goal as a Terrier.
- The senior got a low shot from the slot past Lowell netminder Christoffer Hernberg just 36 seconds into the middle stanza.
- The Terriers took the 2-1 lead into the third before the home squad used another power play – this time a 5-on-3 – to create another deadlock.
- Another blast from Forney found the back of the net with 15:19 left in regulation to erase the River Hawks' deficit.
- The game winner came on an innocent shot by UML's Ryan Collins from the half wall that BU netminder Jake Oettinger saved but the rebound went off a BU skate and in with 11:18 to play.
- BU set up a few chances for a late equalizer but came up short and the River Hawks held on for the win.
- The Terriers went 1-for-4 on the power play and the River Hawks went 2-for-7.
- BU had been 29-0-3 its past 32 contests in which it took a lead into either intermission.
- Oettinger recorded 27 saves while Hernberg collected 24.
- Greenway assisted on both BU goals.
- Sophomore Chad Krys and freshman Cam Crotty each earned one helper.
- Melanson scored 17 goals during his three seasons at Rensselaer before coming to BU this past summer as a graduate transfer.
- BU will close out the 2017 portion of its schedule on Saturday (Dec. 9) when UMass Lowell heads to Agganis Arena to close out the home-and-home weekend.
- The game will start at 7 p.m.