BOSTON, Mass. - The Boston University men's ice hockey team completed a weekend home-and-home sweep of New Hampshire on Saturday evening with a 3-1 victory at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers overcame an early UNH goal by scoring once in each period to come away with their eighth straight victory over the Wildcats dating back to 2017.
Freshman Wilmer Skoog provided the tying goal before senior captain Patrick Curry registered the game winner with just under five minutes left in the second. Junior Logan Cockerill added a late empty-netter to create the 3-1 final.
Graduate student Sam Tucker earned first-star honors with a 30-save performance, helping BU improve to 12-9-8 overall and 9-5-5 in Hockey East play. The Terriers are in third place in the league standings with 23 points, just one point out of first place, which is currently shared by Boston College and Massachusetts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- UNH opened the scoring just 1:24 into the contest when Liam Blackburn gathered the rebound off a saved shot by Patrick Grasso and took a shot from the high slot that went off Tucker and in.
- For the second time in as many nights, the Wildcats had a player sent to the locker room in the first period due to a major and game misconduct.
- Like last night, BU took advantage of the major power play with freshmen Jamie Armstrong and Case McCarthy winning battles along the left boards to get the puck over to the slot, where Skoog collected it before putting a high backhand past UNH netminder Mike Robinson at 9:07 of the opening period.
- The decisive goal came at 15:04 of the second when freshman Domenick Fensore kept the puck in the UNH zone after a pass breakup and curled all the way around the right side before backhanding a pass to Curry, who was stationed at the right crease, for the senior's team-leading 16th goal of the season.
- The Wildcats got shots to the net throughout the first two periods, holding a 27-10 shot advantage heading into the second intermission, but Tucker stopped the final 29 shots he faced to allow just one goal for the second consecutive night.
- BU put together a smart and thorough third-period effort with the one-goal lead and sealed the victory and season sweep of the Wildcats with Cockerill's empty-netter.
- BU is now 10-0-2 in its past 12 meetings with the Wildcats and that streak started in the 2015 Hockey East semifinals.
- The Terriers took all three meetings with the Wildcats this season by a combined score of 10-2.
- Sophomore Jake Wise earned two assists for his second career multi-point game.
- Robinson made 16 saves for UConn, which outshot BU, 31-19, for the game.
- In addition to an assist, junior Kasper Kotkansalo had a game-high three blocked shots, upping his team-leading total to 45 on the season.
- Only four penalties were called in the contest and the Terriers killed off both of UNH's power-play chances while going 1-for-2, which all came on the major.
- Another home-and-home series is on deck for BU as the team will visit Hartford on Friday (Feb. 21) to take on UConn.
- Game time at XL Center is set for 7 p.m.