BOSTON - Ignited by a pair of goals from junior Pete MacArthur, the No. 6/7 Boston University men's ice hockey team rallied from a three-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 tie against No. 3 New Hampshire on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. Senior John Curry made a career-high 43 saves in goal, including seven in overtime, to help the Terriers take three out four points from the Wildcats on the weekend.
BU now stands at 17-5-9 on the year and 12-4-8 in Hockey East play. The nine ties matches the school record set during the 2003-04 campaign. The Wildcats kept their three-point lead over the Terriers in the league standings and are now 22-6-2 overall with a 17-4-2 conference mark.
After opening the scoring with just 1:24 left in the opening period, sophomore Trevor Smith added another goal at the 2:57 mark of the second to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Classmate Jerry Pollastrone assisted on both goals.
Under two minutes after Smith's second marker, fellow sophomore Kevin Kevin Kapstad scored off a faceoff to make it a 3-0 contest in the Wildcats' favor.
The comeback began and ended with MacArthur, as the junior got the Terriers on the board with just over 12 minutes to play in the second on assists from sophomore Brandon Yip and freshman Brian Strait.
Senior Kenny Roche allowed the Terriers to enter the second intermission with just a one-goal deficit when he scored at the 14:59 mark. His shot appeared to get stuffed by UNH netminder Kevin Regan, but the puck snuck past the goal line to continue BU's momentum.
MacArthur notched the game-tying goal with 16:08 left in regulation. After bringing the puck into the zone, MacArthur found sophomore Matt Gilroy, who skated towards the goal before electing to pass back to MacArthur at the left point. MacArthur then ripped a shot that rattled the top right post before finding the back of the net.
Regan made 28 saves on the night for the Wildcats, but did not have to face a shot in overtime. Curry, on the other hand, stopped the final 32 shots he faced and withstood a flurry of action in the extra session.
The Wildcats went 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Terriers came up empty on their four chances with the man advantage.
BU will return to action next weekend when it plays host to Vermont for a two-game set on Feb. 23-24. Friday's game, which will be broadcast live on CSTV, will begin at 8 p.m.