BOSTON - The Boston University men's ice hockey team held off a third-period comeback try by visiting Massachusetts to earn a 4-3 victory over the fifth-ranked Minutemen on Friday evening at Agganis Arena.
Graduate student Sam Tucker stopped the first 39 shots he faced and finished with a career-high 49 saves for the Terriers, who move to 3-3-4 on the season with a 2-2-3 Hockey East mark.
After scoring the lone goal of the opening period, the Terriers erupted with a three-goal second period to take a commanding 4-0 lead. The Minutemen rallied with three goals in the first nine minutes of the third before BU held on for the victory.
Senior captain Patrick Curry had a goal and an assist for the Terriers while junior David Farrance's team-leading ninth goal of the season proved to be the game-winner.
Sophomore Matthew Quercia opened the scoring with a delayed-penalty goal and senior Gabriel Chabot scored off an impressive individual effort, winning a puck after a lengthy battle behind the net before curling around and wristing a shot from the left circle that beat UMass netminder Matt Murray for a 2-0 lead.
The teams will meet again on Saturday (Nov. 16) in Amherst to wrap up the home-and-home weekend. Game time is set for 8 p.m.