AMHERST, Mass. - Casey Wellman ended one of the wildest games of the season as his goal at 4:19 of overtime gave the Mass Attack a thrilling 4-3 victory over Boston College in front of a sellout crowd of 8,389 fans on Saturday evening at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen jumped out to a 3-2 lead after one period, but Benn Ferriero responded to tie the score in the second period. After no scoring in the third, it was Wellman who poked in a loose puck for his second of the season. UMass improves to 6-4-1, 4-3-1 in Hockey East play, after splitting the home-and-home with the Eagles.
With the limited scoring in last night's game, goals came in bunches during the first period, and it was the Minutemen that took a 3-2 lead heading into the first intermission. Just 1:18 into the stanza, Marcou got UMass on the board when he wrapped a backhand past Muse for his sixth goal of the season. Martin Nolet and Wellman assisted on the goal.
Boston College responded quickly, however, with two goals in two minutes. The first came 2:05 into the period when Jimmy Hayes finished off a tic-tac-toe pass with Ben Smith and Paul Carey. The Eagles took the lead just 1:42 later when Kyle Kucharski netted his fourth goal of the season as he banged home a loose puck from in front of the net.
Marcou brought the game to a 2-2 tie near the midway mark of the frame as he scored his second goal of the game. After Marcou picked up a drop pass, he skated into the slot and wristed a shot that beat Muse glove side. Nolet gave the Minutemen the lead with three minutes to play in the period when he scored his first goal of the season. Nolet picked up a drop pass from Mike Lecomte and flung a shot through traffic that got by Muse.
Fireworks went off in the second period, with 20 penalties being called between both teams, including eight 10 minute misconducts at the 7:11 mark of the frame. After Nick Petrecki cross-checked Wellman into Muse after a flurry of UMass opportunities, a scrap broke out in the Boston College zone. In all, eight players were sent to the penalty box.
Following the altercation, the Eagles tied up the game when Ferriero got his second goal of the season when he sniped a wrist shot from the top of left faceoff dot that beat Dainton glove side.
The game went to overtime after a scoreless and penalty-free third period that saw both goaltenders make key saves to keep their respective clubs in the game.
After killing off an overtime Eagles power play, the Minutemen converted for the game-winner with less than a minute to play. The puck was thrown to the net and Wellman found himself in the right place at the right time for his second goal of the season.
The Eagles outshot UMass, 42-41, while Boston College was 0-5 on the power play to UMass' 0-3. In total, 112 minutes of penalties were called (58 for UMass, 54 for Boston College), 106 of them in the second period.
The Minutemen are back home Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Vermont Catamounts in a game to be broadcast on CN8.