BOSTON - The Boston University men's ice hockey team rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory over No. 8 Massachusetts on Monday at Walter Brown Arena, securing five of six points in a home-and-home series with the Minutemen.
Senior David Farrance scored the overtime winner on a breakaway set up by freshman Nick Zabaneh with 2:42 left as the Terriers were playing their first 3-on-3 overtime since Hockey East adopted it prior to this season.
BU rallied from a 3-1 deficit, getting third-period goals from sophomores Domenick Fensore and Wilmer Skoog. Freshman Dylan Peterson opened the scoring for the second time in as many games.
Freshman Drew Commesso was terrific in goal, making 44 stops after recording 33 in Sunday's win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After scoring his first collegiate goal to open the scoring on Sunday, Peterson got things started again when he took a pass from fellow rookie Cade Webber and skated through the right circle before beating UMass netminder Matt Murray far post at 5:03 of the first.
- The Minutemen got an equalizer before the first intermission as Cal Kiefiuk potted a goal with 6:53 left in the opening stanza.
- The visitors scored twice in the second to take a two-goal lead.
- Carson Gicewicz tallied his Hockey East-leading 10th goal of the season when he cashed in on a rebound at 4:31 of the second before Jake Gaudet redirected a Colin Felix offering to the back of the net to double the lead for UMass at the 15:09 mark.
- Gaudet continued to impact the result of the contest as his hit on BU captain Logan Cockerill resulted in a five-minute major and game misconduct just 35 seconds into the third.
- Fensore cashed in from the left circle just 15 ticks into the major power play to cut the UMass lead to 3-2.
- The game-tying tally came at the 6-minute mark when freshmen Luke Tuch stole a pass along the boards and found Skoog in the left slot for a one-timer.
- BU allowed 20 shots on goal in the third but Commesso and the defense was up to the task on each one to help send the game to overtime.
- In overtime, Zabaneh was skating the puck up and out of the BU zone when he spotted Farrance gliding towards the UMass blue line and connected with him to set up a breakaway that the senior tucked in at the left crease to end the game.
- Zabaneh assisted on the first and last goals of the game first his first two collegiate points.
- Fensore also had a two-point night with his goal and an assist on the overtime winner.
- Farrance picked up the primary assist on Fensore's marker and continues to be the only player in the country averaging two points per game.
- The Terriers haven't allowed a third-period goal during their current three-game win streak.
- Murray made 28 saves in goal for the Minutemen.
- The Terriers will continue their homestand next weekend with a two-game series against Maine at Walter Brown Arena.
- The opener will take place on Friday (Jan. 22) at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on NESN.