BURLINGTON, Vt. - No. 11 Boston University received goals from six different players on Friday night as it skated past Vermont 6-2 at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Hockey East action. The Catamounts fall to 1-4-2 (1-4-2 HEA) with the loss, while the Terriers improve to 6-3-0 (5-2-0 HEA) with their fifth straight win in the series.
Early in the first period, Vermont had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:46, but the Catamounts were unable to find a way past Sean Maguire. H.T. Lenz was called for cross checking just minutes later, and BU took the lead on the ensuing power play as Ahti Oksanen fired a wrist shot that beat Brody Hoffman high to the stick side.
Near the end of the frame, the Terriers scored twice in 40 seconds to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Sahir Gill poked in a centering pass from Matt Grzelcyk at the 17:51 mark for a 2-0 lead. Wade Megan then skated in behind the Vermont defense to deflect a feed from Cason Hohmann past Hoffman at 18:31.
Early in the middle frame, BU added to its lead as an Alexx Privitera wrist shot from the right circle found its way into the net through traffic. The Cats called their timeout and replaced Hoffman with fellow rookie Billy Faust. Vermont drew a goal back near the midway point of the night as Chris McCarthy took a pass from Jonathan Turk. The junior deked into the left slot and beat Maguire high glove side to put UVM on the board.
BU had the answer once again near the end of the period, netting two goals in the final three minutes to take control back. Wesley Myron snuck a wrister short side on Faust from the left circle at 17:03 to restore BU's four-goal lead. With 29 seconds to go in the frame, Sean Escobedo spun his way into the slot and buried a low shot through Faust's five hole.
Pete Massar grabbed a power play goal for the Catamounts in the third period to make it 6-2. The Williston, Vt. native took a touch pass from Michael Paliotta and fired the puck top shelf on Maguire for his first career tally at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Robert Polesello picked up the second assist on the play.
Vermont out-shot Boston University 22-13 in the final two periods, including a 11-4 edge in the third. Maguire stopped 29 shots in the BU net for his first career win, while Hoffman took the loss with 10 saves. Faust made nine stops as he played the final 35 minutes in his collegiate debut.
Vermont finishes the weekend by hosting Northeastern on Sunday (Nov. 18) at 7:05 p.m. The Huskies (4-5-1, 2-5-1 HEA) also lost 6-2 to Providence on Friday in Hockey East action at Schneider Arena. The game can be heard live on WVMT 620-AM and online at SportsJuice.com starting at 6:30 p.m., as Alastair Ingram and Joe Gervais call the action. The contest will also be televised locally on WCAXtra.