BOSTON - The No. 4/5 Boston University men's ice hockey team fell short in its third-period comeback attempt on Saturday evening, dropping a 3-2 contest to No. 17 Vermont. The Catamounts mustered three goals in a span of under nine minutes in the second period before the Terriers struck twice in the third. With the loss, BU falls to 18-6-9 overall and 13-5-8 in Hockey East play.
Freshman Colin Vock scored two goals, including the eventual game winner, for the Catamounts, who salvaged a weekend split to keep alive their hopes for home ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Vermont now stands at 17-13-4 on the year with a 12-9-4 conference mark.
Sophomore Matt Gilroy recorded a goal and an assist for the Terriers, while senior Kenny Roche assisted on both BU goals.
After a scoreless first period in which the Terriers outshot the visitors, 8-2, Vermont got on the board at 4:05 in the second. A centering pass by freshman Jay Anctil was inadvertently redirected off Vock's skate and the puck slid past BU netminder John Curry.
Under five minutes later, sophomore Corey Carlson sent home a rebound through traffic, giving UVM a 2-0 lead.
At 13:06 of the middle stanza, Vock secured a three-goal cushion for the Catamounts on the power play, finishing off a shot following two strong passes from sophomore Peter Lenes and senior Ryan Gunderson.
The Terriers entered the third determined to get on the board and did just that at 3:37 of the period. Just seconds after UVM returned one player from a 5-on-3 BU advantage, Roche set up a goal by Gilroy on the right side to end junior Joe Fallon's shutout bid. Junior Bryan Ewing also assisted on the play.
Under five minutes later, senior captain Sean Sullivan pushed a rebound past Fallon following a shot by Roche in transition to make it a one-goal game.
The Catamounts hung on, however, to end the Terriers' unbeaten streak at eight games. It also marked BU's first loss in February, as the Terriers are 5-1-2 in the month.
Curry finished with 22 saves, while Fallon stopped 20 BU shots.
Following the game, the Terriers honored their six seniors, who played their final regular-season game at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 28, when they wrap up the regular season with a contest against cross-town rival Northeastern at Matthews Arena. Game time is set for 7:35 p.m.