BOSTON UNIVERSITY EVENS SERIES WITH 5-2 WIN OVER NORTHEASTERN
Senior forward Joe Pereira nets two goals for Terriers
BOSTON, Mass. - Senior forward Joe Pereira scored two goals and freshman defenseman Adam Clendening had two assists as Boston University extended its season on Friday night at Agganis Arena with a 5-2 win over Northeastern to force a third and decisive game in the teams' Hockey East quarterfinal series.
After giving up an early goal to the sixth-seeded Huskies, the third-seeded Terriers responded with their first three-goal first period of the season to take a lead they would not relinquish.
BU (19-11-8) got a goal from each class, as Pereira scored two third-period goals after sophomore Ryan Ruikka, freshman Matt Nieto and junior Kevin Gilroy all found the back of the net in the first. In all, 11 different Terriers recorded a point.
Freshmen Brodie Reid and Jamie Oleskiak each recorded a marker for the Huskies, who move to 13-15-8 on the year.
Junior Kieran Millan made 30 saves, including 15 in the first period alone, and broke BU's single-season saves record of 1,035 set by Sean Fields during the 2002-03 season. Millan now has 1,058 saves on the year.
The Terriers forced Northeastern netminder Chris Rawlings out after he stopped only three of the first six shots he faced in just 12:47 of action. Clay Witt replaced Rawlings and recorded 29 saves.
The Terriers went 1-of-10 on the power play with Nieto's go-ahead tally in the first being the lone conversion. The Huskies opened the scoring on with a power-play tally 3:25 into the game but can up empty on its last six chances with the man advantage.
Northeastern won the opener on Thursday by a score of 4-2. The series will be decided on Sunday (March 13) at 7 p.m. at Agganis.