BOSTON, Mass. - Senior captain Patrick Curry collected his 17th goal of the season, but the Boston University men's ice hockey team dropped a 6-1 decision to UConn on Saturday night at Agganis Arena.
Curry's marker, which came at the 11:00 mark of the second stanza, brought BU (12-11-8, 9-7-5 Hockey East) within a goal at 2-1, but UConn (14-13-4, 11-8-2 HE) scored four times in the final frame to secure the victory.
Freshman Trevor Zegras and junior David Farrance assisted on Curry's goal. Freshman Ashton Abel started the contest and made 28 saves while senior Nico Lynch stopped four shots in his collegiate debut.
Highlighted by a hat trick from senior Alexander Payusov's hat trick, the Huskies' top line combined for 10 points, including a career-best four points (1g, 3a) from classmate Benjamin Freeman. Sophomore Carter Turnbull added three assists for UConn.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- UConn opened the scoring 7:48 into the proceedings on a goal from Zac Robbins and then added to its lead at 7:41 of the middle period on Payusov's first of the night.
- Curry got BU on the board with 8:00 to play in the stanza. Farrance found Zegras at the left half-wall, and the freshman quickly dished the puck to Curry at the hash marks. Curry deceptively one-timed the puck past Tomas Vomacka (20 saves) for his second goal in three games.
- The Huskies regained their two-goal edge just 41 seconds into the third period on Payusov's second tally.
- After Payusov completed his hat trick at the 6:14 mark of the third, Freeman added a power-play marker just over six minutes later for a 5-1 lead.
- Justin Howell capped the scoring in the final minute of play.
- Curry extended his point streak to four games (2g, 2a).
- Farrance has recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) over the last eight games.
- Both teams went 1-for-5 on the power play.
- UConn held a 38-21 shot advantage and a got a 20-save performance from Tomá Vomáčka.
- The Terriers are now in sixth place in the Hockey East standings with three games remaining.
- BU will host No. 5 Boston College next Saturday, Feb. 29, at Agganis Arena.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.