Saturday, February 23, 2008
BOSTON UNIVERSITY EDGES NORTHEASTERN, 3-2
Bryan Ewing posts goal and assist for Terriers
BOSTON, Mass. - Behind third-period heroics from senior Bryan Ewing, the Boston University men's ice hockey team extended its winning streak to six games with a 3-2 comeback victory over No. 14 Northeastern on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. Ewing assisted on the game-tying goal for his 100th career point before scoring the game winner with 8:06 left in regulation.
The Terriers, who completed a weekend sweep of NU following a 7-4 win at Matthews Arena on Friday, now stand an even 14-14-4 on the year with a 12-8-3 Hockey East record. The Huskies dropped their third straight game to fall to 14-13-3 overall with a 11-10-2 conference mark.
Combined with New Hampshire's win over Boston College and Vermont's victory at UMass Lowell, the Terriers and Catamounts leaped over BC to forge a tie for second in the league standings. Northeastern now stands in a tie for fifth place with Providence.
After freshman Nick Bonino got the Terriers got on the board first at 5:06 of the first, Northeastern used second-period goals from freshman Tyler McNeely and sophomore David Strathman to take a 2-1 lead.
Ewing set up classmate Pete MacArthur for a goal at 3:01 of third before burying a shot at 11:54. The Terrier defense and sophomore goaltender Brett Bennett held on the rest of the way to help BU extend its nation-best winning streak to six games.
The Terriers outshot the Huskies, 35-22, as sophomore Brad Thiessen made 32 saves for the visitors and Bennett came up with 20 stops.
Bonino opened the scoring with a nifty wrap-around on assists from freshman Joe Pereira and junior Jason Lawrence. Lawrence broke up a Northeastern pass and dropped the puck off for Pereira, who fed Bonino along the left side. Bonino eluded a defender and drew Thiessen out along the left crease before sneaking around the cage and sending the puck in before he could recover.
Northeastern scored twice in the second to turn the tables. McNeely redirected a shot past Bennett on the power play at 11:32 on assists from freshman Drew Muench and Strathman. Just under six minutes later, Strathman managed to get a deep wrister past Bennett directly off a faceoff win by sophomore Greg Costa.
Faced with a 2-1 deficit entering the third, the Terriers drew even at 3:01 of the period. Just outside the Northeastern zone during a line change, senior Brian McGuirk dumped the puck towards the left side. Ewing picked it up and patiently waited for MacArthur to streak through the slot before sending over a perfect feed that was redirected to the back of the net for the equalizer.
The assist allowed Ewing to become the 74th player in BU history to reach the 100-point mark. MacArthur's goal gave him 138 career points, tying him with Peter Marzo and Mike Sullivan for 28th in the program record book.
In the moments before the game winner, Ewing circled around the NU zone twice before setting up a shot for junior Chris Higgins that just missed wide left of the cage. The puck made its way back to Ewing at the inside edge of the left circle and the senior sniper snuck the puck between Thiessen and the left pipe to send the crowd into a frenzy.