No. 12/13 Terriers Rally to Earn 5-4 Win over UMass in Overtime Thriller

GO TERRIERS Nieto scored a goal for the eighth straight game
GO TERRIERS
Nieto scored a goal for the eighth straight game
GO TERRIERS

Oct. 29, 2011

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BOSTON - Sophomore Matt Nieto scored 3:17 into overtime to lead the No. 12/13 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a thrilling 5-4 win against Massachusetts on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers, who were faced with a 3-0 deficit after the opening period, improve to 3-2-1 overall (2-1-1 Hockey East) and take three out of four points in their weekend home-and-home series with the Minutmen.

After UMass (1-3-2, 0-3-2 HE) took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission, the Terriers scored twice in the second period before tying the game on a shorthanded goal by sophomore Charlie Coyle at 9:51 of the third. Senior Corey Trivino made it four unanswered goals for the Terriers when he scored less than two minutes later to give BU a 4-3 lead.

UMass' second power-play tally of the evening with 5:05 left in regulation forced overtime, but Nieto provided the heroics when he scored for the eighth straight game to extend a streak that started in last season's Hockey East quarterfinals. His winner came from the top of the right circle following a cross-slot pass by Coyle on a BU power play.

Nieto also assisted on the game-tying and go-ahead goals to turn in a three-point night. Coyle, Trivino and sophomore Sahir Gill each recorded a goal and an assist while freshman Evan Rodrigues earned his first two collegiate points with a pair of assists. Sophomore Garrett Noonan kickstarted the comeback with his second goal of the year.

In his first start of the season, senior goaltender Grant Rollheiser recorded 29 saves to pick up the victory. UMass netminder Jeff Teglia stopped 34 BU shots for the Minutemen.


 

 

BU and UMass skated to a 2-2 overtime draw in Amherst on Friday night and the Terriers erased a 2-0 deficit in that contest.

On Saturday, the Minutemen once again built an early cushion, beginning with a goal off a rebound from the slot by sophomore Stephen Guzzo at 10:39 of the first.

The Minutemen doubled their lead less than four minutes later when sophomore Troy Power was in the right place at the right time following a tipped clearing attempt by the BU defense from behind the goal.

Just before the first intermission a Terrier turnover proved costly, as sophomore Conor Sheary send home his third goal of the season to give the visitors a 3-0 advantage with only 29.4 seconds left in the opening stanza.

After successfully killing off a 5-on-3 UMass advantage midway through the second, BU started to stage its comeback later in the period when Noonan and Gill scored goals just 54 seconds apart.

From the left dot, Noonan roofed a pass from Trivino past Teglia at the 14:19 mark to get the Terriers on the board. Moments later, Gill deposited a rebound above the left post following a saved shot by junior Max Nicastro from the left point.

Those goals gave the Terriers the momentum they needed heading into the third, during which they continued their run and ultimately took their first lead of the weekend.

With the Terriers skating shorthanded, Coyle chipped a puck to Nieto to create a 2-on-1 rush, which Coyle cashed in on from the slot at 9:51 of the third to draw BU even at 3-3.

The four-goal run concluded when senior captain Chris Connolly skated behind the net and curled around before slipping the puck back through the top the crease, where Trivino was there to knock it in from the bottom of the right circle at the 11:59 mark.

The lead did not last long, however, as the Minutemen got a power-play marker from sophomore Michael Pereira to send the contest into overtime.

In the extra session with the Terriers skating a man up, BU earned its third home win in four tries thanks to Nieto's sixth goal of the season.

The Terriers will return to action next Saturday (Nov. 5) when they visit UMass Lowell for a 7 p.m. contest.

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