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
BU Head Coach Jack Parker pulled Curry in favor of junior Karson Gillespie at
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.