BOSTON - The No. 20 Boston University men's ice hockey team opened up a weekend series with Northern Michigan by skating to a 4-4 draw with the Wildcats on Friday evening at Agganis Arena.
BU entered the third period with a 4-1 lead but the visitors rallied back to force overtime. Each team had a full power play in the extra session but the teams settled for a draw.
The Terriers now stand at 1-0-1 on the year while the Wildcats move to 1-1-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The visitors opened the scoring on the first shot of the game but the Terriers scored on their first two power-play chances of the night and took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
- BU scored the lone goal of the second period before the Wildcats put together a three-goal third.
- Joseph Nardi got NMU on the board early with a goal just 62 seconds into the contest.
- The Terriers took full advantage of a NMU penalty moments later as junior Patrick Harper scored off a cross-ice feed by freshman Trevor Zegras at the 2:04 mark.
- Junior David Farrance scored from just outside the left circle at 5:35 thanks in part to a nice pass by sophomore Jake Wise.
- A power-play tip at the right crease by junior Logan Cockerill off an attempt by freshman Robert Mastrosimone made it a 3-1 lead for BU with exactly six minutes left in the opening stanza.
- The Terriers earned a three-goal cushion off a textbook tic-tac-toe play at 7:20 of the third that ended with an easy redirect at the goalmouth for senior Patrick Curry following slick passing by Zegras and freshman Alex Vlasic.
- The Wildcats would rally, however, getting goals less than a minute apart from Vincent de Mey and Caleb Schroer to get within one with 13:14 left in regulation.
- The equalizer came from the stick of Darien Craighead with 2:16 remaining in third.
- Both teams had a full power play in the overtime period and the Terriers hit two pipes on their opportunity but could not capitalize.
- BU nearly doubled up NMU in shots, putting 39 on net while allowing 20.
- The Terriers scored on both of their power-play tries in regulation and went 2-for-3 on the night.
-bThe goal by de Mey was the Wildcats' lone power-play marker in six chances.
- Graduate student Sam Tucker made 16 saves for the Terriers while freshman John Hawthorne turned aside 35 BU shots.
- Wise and Zegras had two assists apiece while Vlasic collected his first collegiate with his helper on the Curry goal.
- Graduate student Alex Brink earned his first point as a Terrier with an assist on Farrance's marker.
- BU and Northern Michigan will wrap up their weekend series on Saturday (Oct. 19).
- Game time at Agganis is set for 7 p.m.