DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Ara Nazarian (Boxford, Mass.) and freshman Jackson Pierson (Zionsville, Ind.) each tallied game-tying goals for the Wildcats, but Shane Bowers scored the shorthanded overtime game winner for the Terriers as the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell to Boston University, 3-2, on Saturday evening.
Pierson's and Nazarian's linemate Charlie Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) assisted on both the goals.
Freshman goaltender Ty Taylor (Richmond, British Columbia) made his third career appearance in net, and made 23 saves in the overtime loss.
- The Wildcats will go on the road next weekend for a pair of games, facing off with Boston College on Friday, November 16, and Sunday, November 18 at UMass.
Score: Boston University 3, New Hampshire 2 (OT)
Records: New Hampshire (1-5-2, 1-2-1 HEA) BU (2-4-1, 2-2-1 HEA)
Location: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BU tallied the first goal just 5:55 into the first period on a 4-on-3 power play, scored by Chad Krys.
- After a Terrier penalty for tripping, the Wildcats answered back with a power-play goal of their own at 8:47 into the period. Nazarian caught the rebound from sophomore Max Gildon (Plano, Texas). Kelleher also posted an assist on the goal.
- Just under two minutes later Boston University retook a one-goal lead with another power-play goal, this time from Bowers.
- As a UNH penalty kill expired, the Wildcats got a two-on-one after a turnover to tie the game. Pierson intercepted the puck in the defensive zone and caught the lone BU skater off-guard and charged the offensive zone with Kelleher. Pierson passed to Kelleher in the neutral zone, Kelleher charged the net, and then passed back to Pierson at the last second and beat Oettinger on his stick side with a shot from just outside the crease.
- Neither team tallied a goal in the third period and the game was sent to overtime. BU led in shots 7-4 in the period.
- In overtime, the Wildcats got a power play opportunity, but the Terriers held off the attack and cleared the puck to the neutral zone, and Bowers took the loose puck and scored a short-handed goal on the one-on-one opportunity.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- BU tallied 26 shots in the game to UNH's 19.
- Taylor made 23 saves, while Oettinger posted 17 to earn the victory.
- The Wildcats went 1-3 on the power play and the Terriers went 2-6.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
- Nazarian's goal was his third of the season as he's now on a two-game goal streak.
- Pierson now has three goals on the year.
- The loss was the fourth overtime game of the season for the Wildcats. Their record in overtime is now 1-1-2.