BOSTON ??? Despite a 34-save effort by junior goaltender John Curry (Shorewood, Minn.), the No. 14 Boston University men???s ice hockey team (3-3-0, 3-2-0 Hockey East) dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 12 University of New Hampshire (5-3-1, 4-1-0 Hockey East) in front of a sellout crowd of 6,224 at Agganis Arena on Friday, Nov. 11. The power play made the difference for UNH, as each of the three Wildcat goals came with the man advantage.
Battling back from a two-goal deficit, the Terriers put up 15 shots on goal in the final period and tied the score at 2-2 before the Wildcats got the game-winner with just over five minutes remaining.
???I???m pleased with the way we played in the second half of the game, especially the third period,??? said BU Head Coach Jack Parker. ???There were a lot of good things out there; some guys had tough nights, but mostly everybody played harder as the game progressed. [UNH] is a real good hockey team that got off to a great start against us. They had three power play goals and we were 0-for-4, that was obviously the difference in the game.???
Jacob Micflikier scored the lone goal of the first period, with a wrap-around backhander from the left side to beat Curry at 6:40, just 20 seconds after Terrier sophomore Brian McGuirk (Danvers, Mass.) was sent to the box for a cross-check.
Again up a man midway through the second frame, the Wildcats slipped through the Terriers??? open back door, when McFlicker took a shot from the right goal line and Brett Hemingway stuffed it home at 12:59 for the 2-0 lead.
After being out shot 29-19 in the first 40 minutes, the Terriers put the pressure on early in the third stanza to cut the UNH lead in half just :20 into the period.
A trio of seniors combined for the goal, which started with Dan Spang (Winchester, Mass.) passing the puck to John Laliberte (Saco, Maine) behind the UNH goal. Laliberte went for the wrap-around, but met with a sprawled Jeff Pietrasiak. With a flurry in front of the net, Brad Zancanaro???s (Trenton, Mich.) skate shoved the puck into the net as it came out from under Pietrasiak???s pads. It was the co-captain???s second goal in as many games, after he netted the game-winner at Maine last Sunday (Nov. 6).
Continuing to get back in the game, freshman Chris Higgins (Lynnfield, Mass.) poked the puck away from a UNH player in the left faceoff circle and sophomore Bryan Ewing (Plymouth, Mass.) picked it up in the slot. Ewing scored the equalizer with a high wrister at 11:57.
Jerry Pollastrone got the game-winner at 14:06 when he tipped in a rebound from the right post after Matt Fornataro???s shot ricocheted off Curry???s midsection.
UNH held the 37-34 shots advantage and was 3-for-6 on the power play, while BU was 0-for-4.
The Terriers travel west to the University of Massachusetts on Saturday (Nov. 12) for another Hockey East match-up at 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center.
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