BOSTON, Mass. - The No. 7/8 Boston University men's ice hockey team held off a third-period Denver rally to post a 4-3 victory over the third-ranked Pioneers on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers improve to 2-1-0 on the year, while Denver falls to an even 1-1-0.
Four different Terriers found the back of the net to help the home team build a 4-0 lead through two periods before the Pioneers scored a trio of goals and threatened to tie in the closing minutes.
Senior Kieran Millan recorded 35 saves and earned his 63rd career victory to become the winningest goaltender in BU history.
After junior Alex Chiasson scored the lone goal of the first period on a breakaway, the Terriers extended their lead with three goals in the first three minutes of the second period.
Senior Corey Trivino and sophomore Matt Nieto recorded shorthanded goals 43 seconds apart early in the middle stanza. It was the first career shorthanded goal for both players and each of them have scored in all three contests thus far this season.
Junior Wade Megan backhanded a deflected puck past Denver netminder Adam Murray at 2:58 of the second on a power play to complete the spurt and push the Terriers' lead to 4-0.
The Pioneers eventually solved Millan and the BU defense when Luke Salazar scored at 6:01 of the third. John Lee made it 4-2 game when he scored from outside the blue line at the 13:09 mark.
With Murray pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Pioneers made it a one-goal affair when Drew Shore knocked in a rebound with 2:21 left in regulation.
Denver continued their late barrage in search of an equalizer, but the Terriers hung to claim an important non-conference win over a highly ranked opponent.
The Pioneers held a slim 38-37 advantage in shots and got a 33-save performance from Murray. BU went 1-of-7 on the power play and successfully killed off all six of Denver's chances with the man advantage.
Sophomore Adam Clendening recorded two assists for the Terriers and freshman Cason Hohmann earned his first career point by setting up Chiasson's breakaway tally that opened the scoring. Sophomore Charlie Coyle's pass sprung Nieto for his shorthanded marker and classmate Sahir Gill earned his fourth assist in three games on Megan's goal.
The Terriers will return to action next Saturday (Oct. 22) when they play host to Holy Cross. Game time is set for 7 p.m.