BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomore Matt Nieto scored 3:17 into overtime to lead the No. 12/13 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a thrilling 5-4 win against Massachusetts on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers, who were faced with a 3-0 deficit after the opening period, improve to 3-2-1 overall (2-1-1 Hockey East) and take three out of four points in their weekend home-and-home series with the Minutmen.
After UMass (1-3-2, 0-3-2 HE) took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission, the Terriers scored twice in the second period before tying the game on a shorthanded goal by sophomore Charlie Coyle at 9:51 of the third. Senior Corey Trivino made it four unanswered goals for the Terriers when he scored less than two minutes later to give BU a 4-3 lead.
UMass' second power-play tally of the evening with 5:05 left in regulation forced overtime, but Nieto provided the heroics when he scored for the eighth straight game to extend a streak that started in last season's Hockey East quarterfinals. His winner came from the top of the right circle following a cross-slot pass by Coyle.
Nieto also assisted on the game-tying and go-ahead goals to turn in a three-point night. Coyle, Trivino and sophomore Sahir Gill each recorded a goal and an assist while freshman Evan Rodrigues earned his first two collegiate points with a pair of assists.
Sophomore Michael Pereira sent the game to overtime with his team-leading fourth goal of the season for the Minutemen while classmates Troy Power and Conor Sheary and redshirt freshman all recorded their first collegiate goals.
In his first start of the season, senior goaltender Grant Rollheiser recorded 29 saves to pick up the victory. UMass netminder Jeff Teglia stopped 34 BU shots for the Minutemen.
BU and UMass skated to a 2-2 overtime draw in Amherst on Friday night and the Terriers erased a 2-0 deficit in that contest.
The Terriers will return to action next Saturday (Nov. 5) when they visit UMass Lowell for a 7 p.m. contest. UMass visits New Hampshire on Friday (Nov. 4) at 7 p.m.