PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Boston University men's ice hockey team posted a 4-3 shootout victory against the U.S. National Under-18 Team in an exhibition contest on Friday evening at USA Hockey Arena.
Senior Patrick Curry scored the game-tying goal with 4:35 left in regulation and after a scoreless overtime that consisted of both 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 play, freshman Wilmer Skoog and junior Kasper Kotkansalo converted in the shootout to give the Terriers the win.
Freshman Ethan Phillips and graduate student Alex Brink also scored for BU, which got a a 30-save effort from graduate student Sam Tucker.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Luke Tuch, who will be joining the Terriers next season, opened the scoring 6:59 into the second period when he converted from the left circle on a 2-on-1 rush.
- On its third power-play chance of the night, BU got an equalizer when Phillips scored on a play in transition with assists going to Skoog and sophomore Matthew Quercia.
- Less than a minute later, BU took the lead when graduate student Alex Brink punched in a loose puck in the crease with assists from sophomore Jack DeBoer and freshman Alex Vlasic.
- Chase Yoder responded with back-to-back goals for Team USA, tying the game at 15:19 of the second before tacking on another at 5:22 of the third to give his team a 3-2 edge.
- Curry sent the game into overtime when he collected a loose puck from the top of the BU zone before converting from the top of the right circle with 4:35 remaining in the third.
- The best chance in overtime came during 3-on-3 play as the Terriers created space near the goalmouth but Skoog was unable to find junior Jake Witkowski, who was all alone next to the left side of the crease.
- Tucker did not allow a goal during the shootout and after Skoog converted, Kotkansalo sealed the win in the top half of the third round.
- BU committed just one penalty in the game as Curry was whistled for elbowing at 10:48 of the third.
- Drew Commesso, a BU recruit, made 38 saves for Team USA.
- The Terriers held a 41-33 advantage in shots and recorded 16 shots on goal in the third period alone.
- The Terriers will return to their Division I schedule for the first time in 29 days when they host Brown on Wednesday (Jan. 8).
- Game time at Agganis Arena is set for 7 p.m.