CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - UConn came back from 3-1 down in the third period to force overtime and earned an extra Hockey East point in a shootout against top-ranked Boston College on Friday afternoon at Kelley Rink. The game is officially recorded as a tie between the Eagles (8-2-1) and Huskies (5-5-2).
With an extra attacker on the ice, Vladislav Firstov set up Jonny Evans for the game-tying goal with a minute remaining in regulation. Both players went on to score in the shootout for the Huskies, who snapped the Eagles' three-game winning streak.
Captain Marc McLaughlin established a new career-high with his sixth goal in only the 11th game of the season. The junior is only one point away from matching his career-high in scoring (12), set last year as a sophomore.
Rookie Harrison Roy collected his first career goal in the second period, giving Boston College 15 different goal scorers on the season. Junior Casey Carreau had an unassisted goal in the third period for his second of the year while adding an assist for a multi-point night.
Spencer Knight made 39 saves in net with 17 coming in the second period, including several of his best stops of the night. The sophomore made back-to-back right pad saves from close range on Nick Capone during a UConn power play near the midway point of the game. Later in the middle frame, he robbed Carter Turnbull on a sprawling glove side near the right post.
In the shootout, Firstov and Evans both found the glove side to beat Knight and Mike Hardman hit the right post at the opposite net to end the night. Hardman registered a game-high eight shots on goal for BC.
The teams combined to go 0-for-9 on the power play.
1st 8:34, BC (1-0) | Seconds after the expiration of a power play, Eamon Powell fed Marshall Warren at the left point and his snap shot was deflected past Tomas Vomacka by McLaughlin from the slot.
2nd 12:37, BC (2-0) From behind the Huskies' net, Danny Weight slid a feed past the right post as Roy located the puck between two UConn defensemen and lifted a shot into the roof of the net blocker side.
3rd 2:43, UConn (2-1) | Adam Karashik slid a pass across the BC blue line for Yan Kuznetsov, who fluttered a shot from the left point through traffic into the top right corner past a screened Knight.
3rd 5:38, BC (3-1) | Following a shot attempt from Weight, Carreau picked off a pass from Carter Berger in the high slot and ripped a shot blocker side to beat Vomacka.
3rd 16:59, UConn (3-2) | Berger pulled up along the right wing half boards to send the puck toward the net and Marc Gatcomb pounced on the rebound in the low slot.
3rd 19:00, UConn (3-3) | With Vomacka pulled, Firstov fired a pass across the Eagles' zone into the low left circle for Evans, who beat Knight with a one-timer to tie the game.
The teams close the home-and-home series on Saturday (Jan. 23) at 4 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs on SportsLive and WEEI 850 AM. The game will also be televised on CW20 in Connecticut.