NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Sophomore Robert Mastrosimone tallied a goal and two assists to lead the way for the No. 8 Boston University men's ice hockey team in a 4-2 victory at Merrimack on Saturday at Lawler Rink.
Fellow sophomores Markus Boguslavsky and Case McCarthy also found the back of the net while senior captain Logan Cockerill potted the eventual game-winner. Freshman Drew Commesso made 25 saves to earn the win in goal.
The Warriors got on the board first in the opening period but the Terriers got an equalizer before the first intermission before McCarthy gave them the lead for good early in the second.
BU earned a weekend split following Merrimack's 5-2 win at Walter Brown Arena on Friday. The Terriers now stand at 10-3-0 on the year and are in second place in the Hockey East Power Index (HEPI).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Merrimack struck first when Liam Walsh earned his team-leading seventh goal of the season by tipping in an attempt by Patrick Holway at 7:34 of the opening period.
- The Terriers drew even with 3:09 remaining in the first when sophomore Wilmer Skoog got the puck to the net, allowing Boguslavsky to punch it in at the goalmouth for his fourth goal of the season.
- An impressive hustle play by Jay O'Brien led to the Terriers' go-ahead goal as the sophomore raced to the corner of the Merrimack zone to cut break up a clearing attempt and ended up stealing the puck before sliding it over to McCarthy, who beat netminder Zachary Borgiel from above the right circle at 5:50 of the second.
- A huge insurance goal was provided by Cockerill 5:46 into third as Mastrosimone stole the puck from the behind the Merrimack goal before finding the captain at the inner edge of the right circle.
- Cockerill's first attempt was stopped but his follow-up was a success, giving the Terriers a 3-1 lead.
- The Warriors fought back and made it a one-goal game again just 61 seconds later as Filip Forsmark converted a backhand off a rush to make it 3-2.
- O'Brien once again set up a key goal late in the game as he broke up a scoring chance and then sent the puck up the ice to Mastrosimone, who was neck-and-neck with a Warrior all the way to the net, where he managed to sneak a backhand past Borgiel as he was falling down to regain a two-goal lead with 5:12 to play.
- The Warriors pulled Borgiel in favor of an extra skater for the final 1:54 but Commesso and the BU defense was up to the task.
- The Terriers recorded a season-best 20 blocked shots in the victory with 15 players recording at least one.
- BU held a 29-27 shot advantage as each goaltender made 25 saves.
- Each team went 0-for-3 on the power play.
- The Terriers have now reached the 13-game minimum to be eligible for the NCAA tournament.
- O'Brien extended his point streak to five games and has nine points (4g, 5a) during the run.
- The Terriers will learn their schedule for the final week of the regular season on Tuesday (March 2).