Feb. 1, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 9/11 Boston University men's ice hockey team suffered a 5-1 setback at the hands of Massachusetts on Friday evening at the Mullins Center. The Terriers fall to 13-10-1 overall with a 10-7-1 Hockey East mark.
The Minutemen scored a goal in each of the first two periods before adding three in the third to take a commanding 5-0 lead. A late shorthanded goal by senior Ben Rosen prevented the shutout.
Junior Michael Pereira registered two goals and two assists for the Minutemen, who improved to to 10-12-2 overall and 7-9-1 in conference play.
Freshman Sean Maguire made 23 saves in goal for the Terriers while UMass netminder Kevin Boyle was only forced to make 19 saves on the night. BU came up empty on its six power-play chances but was a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Junior Branden Gracel opened the scoring late in the opening period on a tap-in at the right crease by following a nice feed by Pereira.
The home team doubled its lead with 1:30 left in the second on a redirect by senior Kevin Czepiel off an initial shot by sophomore Mike Busillo.
Shortly after turning in a successful penalty kill, the Minutemen made it a 3-0 game when junior Conor Sheary one-timed a shot past Maguire from the top of the slot at 5:16 of the third.
Pereira sealed the win by recording a pair of goals with the first coming at 9:20 of the third on a shot that beat Maguire high glove side. He added a shorthanded goal less than two minutes later to push the UMass advantage to 5-0.
The Terriers will return to action on Monday (Feb. 4) when they take on Northeastern in the opening round of the 61st Beanpot. The game, which starts at 5 p.m., will be broadcast live by NESN.