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BOSTON - The No. 2/3 Boston University men's ice hockey team suffered its first home loss of the season on Friday evening, as No. 8 Boston College topped the Terriers, 9-5, at Agganis Arena in the opener of a home-and-home weekend series between the archrivals. With the loss, BU dropped to 7-2-5 (5-2-4 HEA).
The Eagles (10-5-0, 7-4-0 HEA) scored three goals in each period and got goals from eight different players. The visitors jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage with tallies just 23 seconds apart and never looked back, earning leads of 4-0 and 6-1.
In the third stanza, the teams exchanged goals until the Terriers scored twice in a row to close the gap to 8-5 with 4:47 remaining. BC then converted a penalty shot to account for the 9-5 final.
BU garnered goals from five different players representing all four classes, as senior Joe Pereira, juniors Andrew Glass and David Warsofsky, sophomore Max Nicastro and freshman Matt Nieto all found the back of the net.
Junior Kieran Millan started for the Terriers and allowed three goals on 10 shots before being pulled after a period. Classmate Grant Rollheiser made 18 saves over the final two stanzas.
BC was paced by junior Cam Atkinson, who scored a pair of goals, and sophomore Chris Kreider, who notched a game-best three points (1g, 2a). Senior John Muse recorded 18 saves to pick up the win in goal.
BU was 3-for-15 with the man advantage, while BC was 3-for-8. The Eagles outshot the Terriers by a 37-23 margin.
The result marked the first time the Terriers gave up nine goals in a game since a 9-6 setback against Maine at Walter Brown Arena on March 1, 2002.
The two teams will complete their weekend series on Saturday (Dec. 4) at BC's Conte Forum. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.