|1st||6:57||NOE||1-0||PP||Garret Cockerill (2)||Zach Aston-Reese/7, Jeremy Davies/2|
|1st||7:14||BU||1-1||SH||Clayton Keller (4)||-|
|1st||17:22||BU||2-1||EV||Patrick Curry (1)||Brandon Hickey/3, Nick Roberto/3|
|3rd||2:22||NOE||2-2||PP||Adam Gaudette (6)||Garret Cockerill/4|
|3rd||8:55||BU||3-2||EV||Jordan Greenway (4)||Dante Fabbro/1, Patrick Harper/7|
|3rd||12:15||NOE||3-3||EV||Dylan Sikura (3)||Zach Aston-Reese/8, Matt Filipe/2|
|3rd||15:44||BU||4-3||PP||Clayton Keller (5)||Bobo Carpenter/3, Charlie McAvoy/5|
|3rd||19:04.4||NOE||4-4||EV EA GT||Zach Aston-Reese (5)||Ryan Shea/3, Adam Gaudette/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (3-2-1)||1/7||9/26||1|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Jake Oettinger (T, 3-2-1)||64:52||4||8||4||8||6||26|
|Ryan Ruck (T, 3-2-3)||64:24||4||10||11||11||0||32|
BOSTON - With Northeastern (3-2-3, 0-1-1) trailing by a goal with less than a minute to play in regulation and the goalie pulled, Zach Aston-Reese redirected a Ryan Shea shot from the point through traffic and into the back of the net to help the Huskies force a 4-4 draw against No. 4/4 Boston University (3-2-1, 0-0-1) in front of a raucous Matthews Arena crowd of 3,894 on Friday night.
The Huskies erased deficits of 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 over the final 20 minutes of regulation to pick up its first league point of the season, with Aston-Reese (one goal, two assists), Garret Cockerill (one goal, one assist) and Adam Gaudette (one goal, one assist) all notching multi-point efforts while Dylan Sikura also found the net for the hosts. Clayton Keller led the Terriers with a pair of goals, while Patrick Curry and Jordan Greenway also scored.
Both netminders were peppered throughout the contest as Ryan Ruck made a season-high 32 saves in goal for Northeastern while Jake Oettinger had 26 stops for the Terriers, including six in overtime.
The Huskies were able to solve the Boston University penalty killing units, which entered the game with a 95.3% (41-of-43) success rate, twice with tallies from Cockerill and Gaudette. The Terrier power play, meanwhile, was 1-of-7 on the evening.
- Northeastern struck first as Cockerill netted his second goal of the year with the Huskies skating on a five-on-three power play. After the Terriers sent the puck down to the NU zone, Jeremy Davies collected it and sped back up ice. The freshman created space for himself and crossed the attacking blue line before leaving it for Zach Aston-Reese. Aston-Reese then spotted Cockerill joining the rush, and hit him with a pass in the slot before Cockerill ripped one past Oettinger for the score.
- It didn't take long for the Terriers to tie the score at one, however, as Clayton Keller buried his fourth of the year with a shorthanded marker. As the Huskies tried to move the puck out of the defensive zone, Keller picked the pocket of an NU blueliner before tucking the puck around Ruck's pad just 17 seconds after the Cockerill goal.
- Boston University took a 2-1 lead with 2:38 remaining in the opening period after a flurry in front of the NU cage. As the Terriers tossed a shot in on the pads of Ruck, the sophomore netminder was unable to cover for the face-off, allowing the Terriers to pound away at the puck before it bounced out to Nick Roberto at the blue line. He then sent it across to Brandon Hickey, who fired one in on goal that Patrick Curry redirected past Ruck for his first of the season.
- It wasn't until early in the third period that Northeastern buried the equalizer as the Huskies potted their second power play tally of the night. Similar to the first goal, after the Huskies collected the puck behind their own goal, Cockerill dished to Gaudette. Gaudette then used his speed to race through the defense before snapping a shot from the right dot over the blocker for his sixth goal of the season.
- BU regained its lead with 11:05 left in regulation on Jordan Greenway's fourth of the season. Just as a Northeastern penalty had expired, Patrick Harper tossed a pass up to Dante Fabbro at the right point. Fabbro then sent a low shot towards Ruck that Greenway got a stick on to redirect home.
- The lead was short-lived, though, as the Huskies continued to fight back, and tied the game yet again with 7:45 left in regulation. Matt Filipe began the play by working the puck down the wall and shuffling it down to Aston-Reese. Aston-Reese then won a puck battle and found Sikura alone in front, and he ripped a shot over the blocker for his third of the year.
- The Terriers netted the go-ahead goal with 4:16 to play in regulation with Keller's second of the game during a BU power play. As Boston University caught the Huskies running around in the defensive zone, Charlie McAvoy hit Bobo Carpenter along the left wall. Carpenter held the puck for a moment before sending it up to Keller at the point, whose shot found its way through traffic and past Ruck to make it 4-3.
- But the Huskies wouldn't back down. With Ruck pulled in favor of the extra attacker, Aston-Reese sent the game to overtime with his fifth of the season. After Gaudette sent a pass up to Ryan Shea at the point, Shea took a couple strides towards the middle of the blue line before snapping a low shot through traffic that Aston-Reese redirected home to tie the game at four.
Stats of the game:
- Northeastern is now 58-161-9 all-time against Boston University. It was the 228th meeting all-time between the two schools, making the Terriers Northeastern's most-played opponent in program history.
- Aston-Reese cracked the top-50 in all-time scoring at Northeastern with his first period assist. He has 98 points (40 goals, 58 assists) in 115 career games.
- Cockerill's first period goal broke up a stretch of 134:14 of shutout hockey from Terrier netminder Jake Oettinger.
- Gaudette has goals in each of his last five games, a career-long, and 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last five games.
- Cockerill has six points (two goals, four assists) in his last three games.
- Filipe has points in four of his last five games (two goals, two assists)
- Patrick Schule made his season debut for the Huskies on Friday night
The road ahead:
- The two teams will meet again tomorrow night in the series finale at Agganis Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:05 p.m.