SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Senior captain Patrick Curry and sophomore Matthew Quercia scored two goals apiece to help the Boston University record a dominant 7-3 road win over Union in its season opener on Saturday at Messa Rink.
The Terriers dominated play, holding a 44-13 shot advantage, including a 21-2 margin in the middle period when they put up five goals after entering the first intermission in a 1-1 draw.
Curry added an assist for a three-point performance while junior David Farrance had his first three-point effort as a Terrier with a goal and two assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Union had a goal disallowed following video review that would have opened the scoring, the Terriers responded with the change by quickly taking a 2-0 lead.
- Quercia got on the board first at the 14:27 mark, burying a pass from junior Cam Crotty, who delivered the puck from behind the net.
- Just 46 seconds later, Curry took a feed from classmate Patrick Harper and found the back of the net to make it a 2-0 advantage for the visitors.
- A couple of BU miscues allowed the Dutchmen to get back into the contest as they notched goals 61 seconds apart to draw even.
- Chaz Smedsrud converted off a rush following a neutral-zone turnover before Sean Harrison got an equalizer at the 17:37 mark of the opening period.
- The Terriers brushed off the lost lead by turning in one of their most impressive periods in recent history in the second.
- Freshman Robert Mastrosimone gave BU the lead back by registering his first collegiate goal at 2:02 of the middle stanza, following up a rebound of his own shot before converting from the left slot.
- Senior Gabe Chabot reestablished a two-goal cushion for BU when his tough-angle shot from the left corner went off Union netminder Darion Hanson at the 6:14 mark of the second.
- Curry used the power play to get his second of the night, one-timing the puck off and over Hanson with 8:36 left in the period, making it a 5-2 affair.
- Union was able to get one more puck past BU netminder Sam Tucker, who was making his BU debut, as Anthony Rinaldi scored on a power play at 14:28 of the second.
- The Terriers made sure to quickly stop any hopes of a Dutchmen comeback getting another just 40 seconds later with Quercia capping his first-ever two-goal performance.
- Farrance added his marker on the power play at 18:34 to put the finishing touches on BU's second-period domination.
- Despite getting four more power-play chance in the third, BU settled for a scoreless final frame and closed out the win.
- Tucker, a graduate transfer from Yale, made 10 saves to earn his third career win against Union.
- The Terriers allowed only five shots after the opening period.
- The goal output was BU's largest in a season opener since 2014 in a 8-1 win at Massachusetts.
- Eight Terrier freshmen made their collegiate debuts and joined Tucker and graduate transfer Alex Brink in playing their first game in a BU uniform.
- With the win, BU now holds a 3-2-1 edge in its all-time series with Union.
- Mastrosimone added an assist to go along with his goal while classmate Ethan Phillips had two helpers for his first collegiate points.
- Harper notched two assists, giving BU six players with multiple points.
- Fellow freshmen Sam Stevens and Trevor Zegras each picked up their first collegiate assist.
- The Terriers won't play again until their home opener in two weeks when they take on Northern Michigan in a weekend series.
- The series kicks off on Friday, Oct. 18, at Agganis Arena beginning at 7:30 p.m.
- It will be the Wildcats' first visit to BU since 1988.