Late OT Goal by Nieto Lifts No. 13 BU to Thrilling 5-4 Victory at Maine

GO TERRIERS Nieto scored the winner with 3.8 seconds left in overtime.
GO TERRIERS
Nieto scored the winner with 3.8 seconds left in overtime.
GO TERRIERS

Feb. 16, 2013

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ORONO, Maine - Junior Matt Nieto scored with 3.8 seconds left in overtime to lift the No. 13 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a thrilling 5-4 victory at Maine on Saturday evening at Alfond Arena.

Freshman Danny O'Regan scored two goals and assisted on the winner for the Terriers, who saw a 4-1 third-period lead vanquish before coming away with the win.

With seconds ticking down in overtime, O'Regan sprung sophomore Evan Rodrigues for a 2-on-0 with Nieto. Rodrigues skated up the right side and waited until the last second before passing off to Nieto, who converted at the left post to seal a three-point weekend for the Terriers following Friday's 3-3 draw with the Black Bears.

In goal, freshman Sean Maguire recorded a career-high 40 saves to help BU improve to 14-12-2 overall and 11-7-2 in Hockey East play. Sophomore Cason Hohmann registered a goal and an assist while freshman Ahti Oksanen and senior Ryan Santana each earned two power-play assists.

Maine opened the scoring on a power play late in the first period before the Terriers but together a run of four straight goals that was started and capped by tallies from O'Regan.

BU struck three times in the middle period, including a strike by freshman Matt Grzelcyk with 51 seconds remaining in the stanza, before O'Regan pushed the lead to 4-1 on a power-play tally just 1:03 into the third.


 

 

Less than three minutes later, the Black Bears began their rally when senior Joey Diamond scored from the right crease at the 3:59 mark.

With the Terriers on their sixth and final power-play chance of the evening, Maine came through shorthanded to make it a one-goal game with 11:25 left in regulation.

With goaltender Martin Ouellette (29 saves) pulled in favor of an extra attacker, freshman Steve Swavely forced overtime when he redirected a shot over Maguire from the inner edge of the left circle off an initial offering by sophomore Jake Rutt.

Maine held a 44-34 shot advantage and went 1-for-5 on the power play. BU converted on two of its six chances with the man advantage.

BU will return to action on Friday (Feb. 22) when they open a weekend home-and-home series with No. 14/15 UMass Lowell at Agganis Arena. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

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