BOSTON, Mass. - Despite holding a 2-1 lead for nearly 43 minutes in the contest, the No. 16 Boston University men's ice hockey team suffered a 3-2 overtime loss against No. 4/6 Merrimack on Friday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers fall to 3-4-1 overall and 2-3-1 in Hockey East play, while the Warriors remain undefeated at 8-0-1 (6-0-1 HEA).
Merrimack earned a late power-play chance, pulled its goalie and then got a goal from junior Brandon Brodhag on the 6-on-4 advantage with 1:56 left in the third period to force overtime. Just 22 seconds into the extra session, freshman Connor Toomey potted the game-winner for the Warriors on a redirect from the left circle.
The Terriers erased an early 1-0 deficit with a pair of first-period tallies. Sophomore Garrett Noonan was tied the game with a power-play strike at the 11:40 mark of the period. Junior Justin Courtnall recorded his first goal of the season with 2:47 left in the frame to give the home team the lead.
Senior goaltender Joe Cannata recorded 36 saves for the Warriors, stopping the final 25 shots he faced. In the BU goal, senior Kieran Millan tallied 27 saves and held the visitors scoreless for a stretch of 52:42 before they stole the game in the late stages.
The Terriers outshot Merrimack, 38-30, but were only 1-of-9 on the power play. The Warriors converted on one of their five opportunities with the man advantage.
BU will return to action on Sunday (Nov. 13) when it visits archrival and second-ranked Boston College for a 4 p.m. contest. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. Merrimack will take a 12-day break from its schedule before hosting Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 23.