BU Maintains Edge Over BC, Drops 11th-Ranked Eagles, 5-4 In OT
Jan. 23, 2010
Courtesy of Boston University
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Behind a career-high 42 saves from sophomore Kieran Millan and a power-play goal by junior Colby Cohen exactly one minute into overtime, the Boston University men's ice hockey team posted a thrilling 5-4 victory over No. 10/11 Boston College on Friday evening at Conte Forum. Five different Terriers scored a goal to lift them past their archrival and improve to 8-10-3 overall and 6-8-2 in Hockey East play.
BU entered the third period with a 4-2 lead, but the Eagles struck back with a goal at the 2:13 mark before knotting the contest with a power-play tally at 14:28.
The Terriers, however, drew a BC tripping penalty in the final minute of regulation and put it to good use in the extra session with their third power-play tally of the evening. Cohen's overtime winner came from the left circle, as the puck went off a BC skate in front of the crease and in to give BU its fourth win in the last five games.
Combined with the Terriers' 3-2 win over the Eagles on Jan. 8 at Fenway Park, Friday's victory allowed BU to claim the Hockey East regular-season series against BC in consecutive years for the first time since winning it three straight seasons from 1992-95.
Freshman Parker Milner made 26 saves for the Eagles, who drop to 12-7-2 on the year with a 9-5-2 conference mark.
Millan posted at least 12 saves in each period to easily surpass his previous career best of 33 saves, most recently attained in a 3-2 win over Michigan on Oct. 24.
BU trailed 2-1 late in the first before sophomore Vinny Saponari tallied a goal with 58 seconds left in the period on an impressive individual effort. That was the first of three straight Terrier goals as freshman Wade Megan and junior Nick Bonino scored the lone goals of the second period to give the visitors a 4-2 lead.