Roche scores in final minute to win game for Terriers
Senior forward Kenny Roche scored the game-winner with :54 left in the game.
BOSTON - Junior Pete MacArthur scored two third-period goals, including the 10,000th tally in program history, and senior linemate Kenny Roche scored the game winner with under a minute left in regulation to lead the sixth-ranked Boston University men's ice hockey team (1-0-1, 1-0-0 HE) to a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Northeastern (0-2-1, 0-2-1 HE) in its home opener at Agganis Arena on Friday evening.
The Terriers shook off a lethargic start, during which it allowed a pair of goals in the first seven minutes of regulation. A power-play tally by sophomore John McCarthy at the 14:31 mark of the middle period enabled the home squad to cut the deficit in half.
MacArthur ingnited the crowd with back-to-back goals in the third period with the latter not only giving the Terriers their first lead of the night but also marking the 10,000th tally in the program's 86-year history.
The second MacArthur goal occurred with 2:44 left in regulation, but the Huskies stormed right back, scoring just 41 seconds later to knot the contest at 3-3.
Roche, the Terriers' leader in goals last year with 17, sent the BU faithful home happy when he sent home his first goal of the season with just 56 seconds left to cap the thrilling victory. MacArthur assisted on the tally to complete a three-point night.
Senior Eric Thomassian earned an assist on each of the Terriers' final three goals and was on the ice for each of his team's four goals, earning a game-high plus-3 rating. Thomassian made the most of extra ice time after a pair of wings, junior Bryan Ewing and sophomore Brandon Yip, left the game due to injuries.
Sophomores Dennis McCauley and Joe Vitale tallied the two early goals for Northeastern, while freshman Kyle Kraemer tied the game at 3-3. McCauley and Vitale also each added an assist to their stat line.
Senior netminder John Curry made 28 stops in goal for the Terriers, while freshman Brad Thiessen recorded 35 saves for the visitors.
BU will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 21, when it visits Merrimack for a 7 p.m. contest.