AMHERST, Mass. - No. 8 Boston University scored three second period goals en route to a 4-3 win over UMass Hockey (0-3-1, 0-1-1 HEA) on Friday night at the Mullins Center in front of a home-opening record crowd of 7,021. Darren Rowe potted two goals for the Mass Attack while the Terriers (3-0-1, 1-0-1 HEA) received two tallies from senior co-captain Joe Pereira. Jeff Teglia got the start in goal for second straight game for the Minutemen, making 33 saves. Massachusetts will be back in action next weekend in a home-and-home series with Providence, beginning Friday at 7 PM at the Mullins Center.
The Terriers held a 37-26 shot advantage for the game and received 23 saves from junior goalkeeper Kieran Millan. UMass posted a 32-26 edge in faceoffs. The Minutemen were 1-for-5 on the power play while BU went 1-for-3.
While the Terriers held a 10-4 shot advantage, it was the Minutemen who walked away with the lone goal of the first period while on the power play. The Terriers had a multitude of opportunities during their man advantage, highlighted by a huge save from Teglia off a shot from Alex Chiasson on the doorstep. On the ensuing faceoff, BU continued to pressure the net with a flurry of chances as the penalty expired.
Massachusetts went up 1-0 with under four minutes to play in the frame on Darren Rowe's third goal of the season and fourth point in as many games. Danny Hobbs got the play started at the blue line when he fed a pass down to Troy Power along the goal line. Power, just to the left of the cage, put a low shot on goal that redirected off Millan's pad and into the right faceoff circle. Rowe, pinching in from the point, collected the puck and roofed it for his second power play tally of the year.
The Terriers stormed back during the second period with three goals, two from Joe Pereira, and outshooting the Minutemen 14-11. The first came just four minutes into the frame with BU on the power play. Chris Connolly held the puck at the point while Pereira and Charlie Coyle stationed themselves in front of the net. Connolly sent a wrist shot through traffic that was redirected by Pereira and past Teglia for his fourth goal of the season.
BU took the lead seven minutes later on Andrew Glass' first goal of the year. After being shouldered into the boards to the left of Teglia, Glass recovered and skated into the slot where Ross Gaudet hit him with a quick pass, and Glass sent a shot into the top right corner over Teglia's glove.
Pereira made it 3-1 Terriers with 1:33 to play in the period as he was released from the penalty box. With the UMass defense along the blue line in the BU zone, Pereira stepped out of the box as the Terriers began to bring the puck into the neutral zone. Coyle spotted Pereira behind the defense and threaded a pass just as he was crossing into the UMass end. Pereira came in on Teglia from the left and took a low shot from in close that beat the freshman netminder five-hole.
The Minutemen clawed back in the third period, bringing the deficit back to one on Rowe's second of the night two minutes into the frame on a shot that found its way through traffic and past Millan, but Sahir Gill put things away for the Terriers late in the third.
UMass thought it had tied the score six minutes into the stanza when T.J. Syner found Michael Pereira for a quick wrist shot past Millan, but the linesman had previously blown the play dead on an offsides call. Teglia continued to keep the Minutemen in it midway through the period on back to back saves against Matt Nieto and Alex Chiasson.
The Terriers made it a two-goal game again with 1:37 remaining in regulation off a broken play in the Massachusetts zone. With the puck bouncing along the blueline, Gill settled the puck in the UMass end and went in alone on Teglia. Gill deeked, shifted the puck to his backhand and over the goal line for his second of the season.
With Teglia pulled in the final minute of play, Michael Marcou brought the Minutemen within one when he blasted a slap shot from the point through Millan off a feed from Danny Hobbs.