AMHERST, Mass. -
The Boston University men's ice hockey team ran its unbeaten streak to seven games and its winning streak to five as the Terriers claimed a 3-2 victory over Massachusetts on Friday night at the Mullins Center in Amherst.
, Jordan Greenway
and Shane Bowers
each scored for BU which improved to 14-11-2 on the year overall and 10-7-2 in Hockey East action. Jake Oettinger
made 20 saves on the night, 16 of them in a first period UMass dominated territorially but the Terriers topped on the scoreboard.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- UMass held an 11-1 edge in shots on goal through the game's first eight minutes of action but Jake Oettinger held his ground and it would be the Terriers who struck first. Shane Bowers and Bobo Carpenter fed Brandon Hickey on a tic-tac-toe to but BU up 1-0 at the 14:43 mark.
- The Minutemen tied it up on a power play 33 seconds into the second period as John Leonard found open space in the slot and roofed a wrister past Oettinger who had stopped each of the first 16 UMass shots of the night.
- The Minutemen appeared to take a 2-1 lead at the 7:39 mark of the second period but the goal was overturned via replay when a UMass player was ruled to have interfered with Oettinger.
- Instead, BU would get a 2-1 edge at the 14:17 mark of the second period on the power play when Jordan Greenway scored on the rebound of a Brady Tkachuk shot. Dante Fabbro got the second assist on the play.
- Just like UMass, BU had a goal disallowed just seconds into the third period due to a goaltender interference call.
- Shane Bowers gave BU some insurance 7:28 into the third period, when Logan Cockerill broke up a play at his own blue line and pushed the puck up to Bowers at center ice. The freshman skated through the UMass defense and beat netminder Matt Murray for a 3-1 Terrier lead.
- UMass made it a 3-2 game with 7:56 left in regulation, crashing the net until Niko Rufo finally poked a loose puck into the Terrier net.
- After allowing 16 shots in the first period, BU's defense permitted just six shots on goal for the remainder of the game - three each for both the second and third periods.
- With his first period strike, Brandon Hickey became the third Terrier blueliner this year to score at least five goals. Dante Fabbro has eight to his credit in 2016-17 while Chad Krys also claims five goals.
- The Terriers have now scored at least one goal in 13 consecutive periods. It is the longest run since the 2008-09 season when BU had a run of 16 straight periods with a tally.
- BU remained perfect on the year at 10-0-0 when leading after the first period. The Terriers are undefeated in their last 26 contests (25-0-1) when leading after the first period since a Jan. 15, 2016, loss at Boston College.
- The Terriers remain undefeated vs. UMass under head coach David Quinn at 10-0-1.
- BU has now scored a power play goal in each of its last five games, matching for its longest run since a five-game string from Dec. 19, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017. Entering tonight's action, BU had the nation's third-best power play since Jan. 14 at a .316 success rate.
- Prior to Niko Rufo's third period goal, Jake Oettinger had given up just one even-strength goal in the past 287 minutes of play and none over his last 193 dating back to the 18:34 mark of the second period against Merrimack on Jan. 20.
- The Terriers head across town to TD Garden on Monday night for the 66th annual Beanpot tournament. BU will open against Harvard in a rematch of last year's championship game.
- The game, which starts at 8 p.m., will be televised on NESN and can be viewed in Canada as well via the TSN GO app.
- The Terriers will carry a typical boost of momentum into that game after tonight's win. BU is now 10-1-3 since 2004-05 in its final game before the start of the Beanpot.