AMHERST, Mass. - UMass (12-8-4, 9-6-2 Hockey East) held a 3-0 advantage over No. 8 Boston University (13-5-7, 10-4-6 HEA) but the Terriers fought back and tied it all up to earn both teams a point in league play on Saturday night in Amherst. Alex Berry, Justin Braun and Cory Quirk each scored before BU scored three straight to close out the game. The Minutemen return to the ice next Friday night at Boston College.
The Minutemen had a power play goal negated to start the game, as referee Tim Benedetto ruled that the puck was hit with a high stick before entering the goal. Not to be discouraged, UMass scored two in the last three minutes of the first, starting with its next man advantage opportunity. With Ryan Weston in the box for charging, Alex Berry scored his fourth of the season and second in as many games. Berry's shot from the near circle at 18:28 was assisted by rookie defenseman Justin Braun.
Braun, who had previously had two goals redirected in by teammates finally got one of his own with 17 seconds remaining in the first. His shot from the blueline went through traffic and beat John Curry in net, assisted by Cory Quirk and Chris Davis to close out the stanza. Overall, shots were 11 to six in favor of the visiting Terriers.
The goals kept coming in the second as Quirk lit the lamp with his 10th of the season. The goal, scored at 5:02, was assisted by Chris Capraro and Mark Matheson for the 3-0 lead. Capraro made the diagonal pass down to Quirk alongside the BU crease. His shot beat Curry between the post and the goalie's skate.
BU Head Coach Jack Parker pulled Curry in favor of junior Karson Gillespie at 5:49.
Kevin Schaeffer put the Terriers on the board at 8:47 with a shot from the blueline, assisted by John McCarthy and Brian McGuirk. McCarthy made the pass from alongside the near boards to Schaeffer at the blueline for the goal, his fifth of the season.
BU brought it back to within one just 32 seconds into the third period, scored on the power play. Matt Anderson was the Minuteman called for interference to close out the middle period, affording the Terriers their fourth power play of the game. Pete MacArthur took the initial shot on Quick that rebounded right out to Chris Higgins for the goal.
A crazy bounce tied it all up at three apiece as Schaeffer was credited with his second of the game at 6:24. Schaeffer went to dump the puck into the zone and Quick came out to play it, but it took a bounce off of his stick and rebounded back into his own net for the 3-3 score.
Kevin Jarman had a chance to put it away with a penalty shot after MacArthur was called for delay of game with 16 seconds remaining, but the shot was denied and the game went into a five-minute overtime. Neither team scored in OT and both skated away with a point.
Overall, shots were 33-21 in favor of BU. UMass was 2-for-3 on the power play, the Terriers went 1-for-4. Quick made 30 saves, while his counterparts Curry and Gillespie made six and 12, respectively.