BOSTON - The Boston University men's ice hockey team finally returned to the ice on Friday evening at Walter Brown Arena and dropped a 7-3 contest to No. 16 Providence.
After Providence scored the game's first goal under two minutes into the game, BU responded with three straight tallies as sophomores Jay O'Brien and Sean Driscoll and freshman Luke Tuch all scored their first goals as Terriers to give the home squad a 3-1 lead. The Friars rebounded, however, and scored the game's final six goals to improve to 4-3-2 on the year.
BU, which was playing for the first time in 44 weeks, got a 38-save performance from freshman Drew Commesso in his collegiate debut.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Friars wasted little time getting on the board as Chase Yoder punched in a loose puck just 1:46 into the contest.
- BU got an equalizer at the 9:16 mark of the first when O'Brien pounced on a rebound at the right crease.
- The Terriers took a 2-1 lead just 1:32 later off a fantastic cross-slot pass by senior David Farrance to Tuch at the foot of the left circle.
- Driscoll pushed BU's advantage to 3-1 at 5:19 of the second when his offer from the right point found its way to the back of the net.
- PC controlled the play from there on out, however, beginning with goals by Tyce Thompson and Yoder less than a minute apart to draw even midway through the contest.
- The eventual game-winner came from the stick of Max Crozier with 3:30 remaining in the middle frame.
- The Friars sealed the win with third-period goals from Ben Mirageas (5:42), Brett Berard (7:50 and Patrick Moynihan (14:29).
- Tuch added an assist for a two-point night in his collegiate debut.
- Farrance assisted on both of BU's first two goals.
- The Friars had five players record two points apiece.
- This was the first men's regular-season game played at Walter Brown Arena since Jan. 4, 2005, a span of 16 years.
- BU went 307 days between games, its longest such stretch since World War II.
- Senior transfer Max Kaufman assisted on Tuch's goal for his first point as a Terrier.
- Freshman Dylan Peterson picked up an assist in his collegiate debut.
- The Friars got 18 saves from sophomore Jaxson Stauber.
- The two teams will meet again on Saturday (Jan. 9) in Schneider Arena in Providence.
- The game, which starts at 7 p.m., will be televised on NESN.