BOSTON - Freshman Eric Gryba broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with his first collegiate goal to lift No. 8 Boston University past Merrimack, 2-1, in men's ice hockey action on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers completed a series sweep of the Warriors for the third straight year to move to 12-4-6 overall and 9-3-5 in Hockey East play.
With the victory, the Terriers extended their win streak to four games and are now undefeated in their last seven contests (6-0-1).
Gryba's game winner came with 14:26 left in regulation, as sophomore Jason Lawrence won a right-circle face-off, allowing the freshman defenseman to fire away from the top of the zone. The puck went through traffic before catching the top left portion of the goal.
Freshman goaltender Brett Bennett made his first career start, recording 17 saves. Senior Jim Healey stopped 21 BU shots for the Warriors, who fall to 3-18-2 on the year with a 3-13-0 conference mark.
The Terriers had to come from behind, as Merrimack got on the board first with a power-play tally just over nine minutes into the contest. Sophomore John Goebel's shot from the right side was redirected off the skate of a BU defender. Senior Justin Mills and sophomore Mickey Rego earned assists on the power-play tally.
Bennett rebounded well from the tough-luck goal, keeping the visitors scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Senior Kevin Schaeffer gave the Terriers a power-play goal of their own just under five minutes into the second when he scored for the second time in as many nights.
Junior Bryan Ewing, who was issued a game misconduct penalty midway through the second for hitting from behind, set up the equalizer at the 4:53 mark. Ewing got the puck up to senior Kenny Roche along the left side before Roche used a centering pass to set up a great look for Schaeffer in the slot. The senior pushed the puck past Healey to knot the game at 1-all.
The Terriers will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 24, when they visit cross-town rival Boston College in a rescheduled game at 7 p.m. The contest was initially set for Dec. 1, but was called off 10 minutes into the game due to fog on the ice.