BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman Danny O'Regan scored the first two goals of his collegiate career and sophomore Cason Hohmann added two late tallies to help the No. 13 Boston University men's ice hockey team post a 5-2 victory over Massachusetts on Friday evening at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers never trailed in the contest and improved to 2-1-0 both overall and in Hockey East play. With the loss, the Minutemen moved to 1-2-0 with an 0-2-0 conference mark.
It was a special night at Agganis, as over 75 former players attended the contest and were part of a first-intermission ceremony to honor Jack Parker for his 40 years as head coach of the Terriers. Parker was not on the bench for the game due to a back ailment and watched from the coaches' box.
Freshman Matt O'Connor earned his second win in as many starts thanks to a 28-save performance. For UMass, sophomore Steve Mastalerz posted 20 saves.
After a scoreless first period, senior Wade Megan opened the scoring 51 seconds into the second when he drove in from the left side and finished in tight on a backhand.
Less than four minutes later, O'Regan doubled the lead when he tipped in a feed from classmate Matt Grzelcyk for his first goal in a BU uniform.
Branden Gracel got UMass on the board at 14:57 of the second, but O'Regan gave the home squad a two-goal lead once again at the 4:33 mark of the third on a 5-on-3 power play.
The Minutemen answered with a power-play mark of their own from the stick of Joel Hanley with 10:33 left in regulation get within one at 3-2.
Hohmann wasted little time in dampening the Minutemen's hopes for comeback, as he was able to get the puck past Mastalerz on a power-play rush just 43 seconds after Hanley's tally.
The sophomore put the finishing touches on the victory when he broke up a play at the top of the BU zone and skated in to score on an empty net with 50 seconds left in regulation.
UMass held a 30-25 shot advantage and scored on one of its seven power-play chances. The Terriers went 2-of-5 with the man advantage after scoring zero power-play goals in the first two games of the season.
The teams will wrap up their weekend home-and-home series on Saturday (Oct. 27) in Amherst. Game time is set for 7 p.m.