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Sophomore forward Ty Amonte scored the game-winning goal for the Terriers
Boston University Edges UConn, 3-2, At Friendship Four
Sophomore forward Ty Amonte scored the game-winning goal for the Terriers

BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Junior Jake Oettinger made 39 saves and sophomore Ty Amonte scored the game-winner early in the third period to lift the Boston University men's ice hockey team to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over UConn in the opening round of the 2018 Friendship Four tournament on Friday evening at SSE Arena.

BU erased deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 with goals from junior Patrick Curry and sophomore Logan Cockerill. Amonte scored at 2:39 of the third and Oettinger made 16 of his saves in the final period to help the Terriers advance to Saturday's championship game against No. 11/12 Union.

The Terriers improved to 4-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in Hockey East play. UConn moves to 5-7-1 with a 2-6-1 league mark.


- UConn got the first power play of the game and took full advantage of it as Karl El-Mir potted a rebound 5:20 into the contest.

- BU got an equalizer on the latter of back-to-back power plays thanks to Curry cleaning up a rebound in the slot at the 14:46 mark of the first.

- Jachym Kondelik gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission when he cleaned up a rebound off a point blast by Philip Nyberg with exactly two minutes left in the opening period.

- Oettinger didn't allow a goal from there on out, stopping the final 29 shots he faced to allow the Terrier offense to complete the comeback win.

- The Terriers once again drew even midway through the second as junior Patrick Harper picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and had a wraparound bid denied before Cockerill popped the rebound over UConn netminder Adam Huska at the right crease.

- The game-winner came on a second effort by Amonte as the sophomore punched in the puck at the left crease on helpers from freshmen Mark Cheremeta and Hugo Blixt with 17:21 left in regulation.

- The Terriers gave the Huskies a great chance at a late equalizer with penalties 57 seconds apart on the back end of the third but the penalty kill and Oettinger were up to the task.


- Amonte's goal was his first since last season's Hockey East semifinal victory over Boston College.

- Freshman Mark Cheremeta assisted on BU's first and third goals to pick up his first collegiate points.

- Blixt's assist was also his first collegiate point and graduate student Max Willman picked up his first point as a Terrier with a helper on Curry's tally.

- This was the fourth straight BU/UConn meeting that was decided by a single goal.

- Including the postseason, the Terriers have won the opening game in each of the past seven tournaments they have competed in.

- Huska made 27 saves for the Huskies, who held a 41-30 shot advantage.

- BU went 1-of-2 on the power play and held UConn scoreless on its final four power plays after the initial goal.


- BU will look to capture the "Belpot" title on Saturday when it faces No. 11/12 Union at 2 p.m. ET.

- The game will be televised on NESNplus and streamed on ESPN+ and TSN Direct.

- The previous winners of the Friendship Four tournament were UMass Lowell (2015), Vermont (2016) and Clarkson (2017).

Game Summary

Friday, November 23, 2018
Friendship Four (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Game statistics
41 Shots 30
1 / 5 Power Plays 1 / 2
2 / 4 PIM 5 / 10
5-7-1 Records 4-5-1
UConn Boston University
Karl El-Mir (7)
1st/5:20 PP
Patrick Curry (4)
1st/14:46 PP
Jáchym Kondelík (1)
Logan Cockerill (2)
Ty Amonte (1)
3rd/2:39  GW
UConn Boston University
Adam Huska
58:19, 27 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 3-5-1)

Empty Net
1:41, 0 GA
Jake Oettinger
59:37, 39 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 4-5-1)

Empty Net
0:23, 0 GA