BURLINGTON, Vt. - Wade Megan tied the game at two with 1:25 remaining in regulation and Alexx Privitera tallied the game-winner three minutes into overtime as fifth-ranked Boston University came back from 2-0 down to beat Vermont 3-2 on Senior Night at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The contest marked the final home game in the careers of Vermont's five seniors: Lance Herrington, Brett Leonard, Drew MacKenzie, Rob Madore, and Matt Marshall. The Catamounts drop to 6-25-1 (3-21-1 HEA) with the loss, while the Terriers improve to 20-11-1 (16-8-1 HEA) with their seventh consecutive road win.
"I couldn't be any more proud of our team, it's hard to go in the locker room afterwards on Senior Night and see the emotions, I couldn't have asked anything more out of our guys," said head coach Kevin Sneddon. "They gave it everything they had in the tank from start to finish. It's just unfortunate that's the way the game ended because I thought we deserved a better fate than how it ended."
Vermont took the early 1-0 lead roughly three minutes into the first period. Colin Markison helped to create a turnover in the BU zone and Connor Brickley came out of the right corner to collect the puck. The sophomore skated between the circles and wristed a shot through Kieran Millan's five-hole. Ben Albertson picked up his first point of the season with the second assist on the play.
Later in the opening frame, the Catamounts added to their lead as a power play winded down. MacKenzie fed Nick Bruneteau at the right side of the goal line, and the sophomore quickly fired a pass across the crease. Sebastian Stalberg was waiting at the left doorstep to bang it home for a 2-0 advantage. The goal came just seconds after the power play expired and marked Stalberg's 12th of the year.
The Terriers finally got on the board midway through the second period as they caught Vermont in a line change. Sean Escobedo picked up the puck at his own blue line and whipped it down the left wing boards for Megan. The junior skated down the left side and fed a pass into the slot, as Sahir Gill beat the defense down the ice to poke a backhand over Madore's left pad.
The Cats held the 2-1 lead into the latter stages of the third period. With a faceoff upcoming in the UVM zone, BU pulled Millan for an extra skater and Sneddon responded by calling his timeout. Off the draw, Alex Chiasson was camped out behind the net and shot the puck in front. It bounced around the top of the crease and Megan whacked it home to knot the score at two and send the game to overtime.
At 3:02 of the extra session, the puck squirted back to the right point for Privitera. The freshman unleashed a one-time drive toward the right post, and it deflected off the stick of H.T. Lenz just outside the crease. The deflection sent the puck back across goal and it snuck inside the left post to beat Madore and win the game for the Terriers. Matt Nieto and Chiasson picked up the assists on the game-winning tally.
"I thought it was two teams going head to head, good teams find a way to win and they certainly did," said Sneddon. "I think the seniors went out with class despite the result not being the way we wanted it tonight. I think they were able to leave Gutterson with their heads held high and a lot of pride."
Madore finished the night with 34 saves in his final home game at Gutterson Fieldhouse, including 28 stops in the final two periods. Millan made 22 saves to pick up the win as BU swept the weekend series. Vermont was 0-4 with the man advantage, while its penalty kill went 2-2 and killed off 10 of the 11 Terrier power plays in the series.
Vermont closes out the regular season next weekend with a trip to Conte Forum to face second-ranked Boston College in a two-game series. Both games will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network, as the Friday contest begins at 7:30 p.m. while the Saturday faceoff is at 7 p.m. The Eagles are first in the league standings and swept Providence in a home-and-home series this weekend by a combined scored of 10-0.
NOTES: Check back to UVMathletics.com for CatamounTV highlights and post-game reaction ... Madore has now made 131 saves in his last four games ... 8 of the last 12 games between Vermont and Boston University have been decided by a goal or less ... BU's power play entered the weekend ranked top-5 nationally and had been clicking at nearly 36% in the second half of the season ... The Terriers are the most heavily penalized team in college hockey this year ... 15 of the last 21 Vermont goals have been scored by underclassmen ... UVM's senior class has won 53 games in its four years, and has been to two NCAA Tournaments and the 2009 Frozen Four ... The quintet has combined to skate in 488 career games.
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