BOSTON - Playing in his collegiate debut, Wilmer Skoog scored in overtime to lift the Boston University men's ice hockey team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over visiting Brown on Wednesday evening at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers found themselves in a 2-0 hole early but drew even with goals from freshman Trevor Zegras and junior David Farrance.
Sam Tucker stopped the 25 shots he faced to help BU win its third straight game and improve to 7-6-5 on the season. Brown dropped to 3-12-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Brown recorded only three shots in the opening period but scored on two of them to take a 2-0 lead 14:32 into the contest.
- Zach Giuttari opened the scoring at 3:44 when his shot went off a BU skate and in before Justin Jallen scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season on the first power play of the night for either team.
- The Terriers quickly cut into the deficit, however, as Zegras took a pass from senior Patrick Harper and scored far post from the right circle on a delayed penalty just 43 seconds after Brown's second tally.
- Harper's assist allowed him to become the 84th player in program history to record 100 career points.
- Farrance provided the equalizer midway through the middle period when his left-point attempt glazed off the glove of a Brown defender to the back of the net.
- After a scoreless third period where each team had some strong go-ahead opportunities, the Terriers needed overtime for the sixth time this season.
- A penalty on BU freshman Sam Stevens just 25 seconds into the extra session gave the visitors a prime chance but the Terrier penalty kill was up to the task.
- Moments after BU returned to full strength, freshman Robert Mastrosimone took a shot that went off the crossbar but Zegras collected the rebound and found an open Skoog, who buried a shot from just above the right dot to end the game.
- The Terriers have now scored three delayed-penalty goals this season and no other team in the country has more than one.
- BU improved to 3-1 against ECAC teams this season following wins over Union and Harvard.
- Gavin Nieto made 20 saves for the Bears, who held a 28-25 advantage in shots.
- Skoog and goaltender Ashton Abel joined the team during the holiday break.
- Farrance leads all Division I defensemen in goals (11) and points (24).
- BU returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 11) with a visit to Dartmouth.
- Game time at Thompson Arena is set for 8 p.m.