LOWELL, Mass. – Thanks to a combined 10 points (3g, 7a) from its top forward line and 38 saves from senior Kieran Millan, No. 2 Boston University posted a 7-4 victory at No. 6 UMass-Lowell on Friday at Tsongas Center. The Terriers got goals from seven different players to improve to 18-10-1 overall and 14-7-1 in Hockey East play.
Junior Alex Chiasson set a career high with four points on a goal and three assists while linemates Chris Connolly and Matt Nieto each recorded a goal and two assists. All three of the line’s goals came on the power play. Junior Ross Gaudet added two points (1g, 1a).
|TOP 20 SCORES|
|No. 1 Ferris State 5, Bowling Green 1|
|No. 2 Boston University 7, No. 6 UMass-Lowell 4|
|No. 3 Boston College 4, No. 9 Merrimack 2|
|No. 5 Michigan 2, Northern Michigan 1|
|No. 8 Union 3, Princeton 0|
|Miami (OH) 2, No. 13 Notre Dame 0|
|No. 16 Michigan State 3, Alaska 2|
BU, which reeled off five consecutive goals after allowing the River Hawks to open the scoring, moved into a tie for first in the Hockey East standings with Boston College. UMass-Lowell (19-9-0, 14-8-0 HE) entered the night in sole possession of first in the league and is now tied with Maine for third.
Since falling at Lowell, 7-1, on Nov. 5 in its most lopsided defeat in more than 12 years, BU is 8-0 on the road in Hockey East play.
The Terriers trailed for only 41 seconds of the game, as Lowell opened the scoring at 5:53 of the first before junior Wade Megan had a quick answer off a rebound at the right post at 6:34.
BU, which scored a power-play goal in each period, took a lead it would not relinquish at 13:18 of the opening stanza when Chiasson one-timed a feed by Connolly to the back of the net on the team’s first opportunity with the man advantage.
Redshirt freshman Yasin Cisse gave the visitors a 3-1 lead entering the first intermission, as he finished off a cross-slot pass by junior Ryan Santana with 2:40 left in the first.
The top line struck again with the first goal of the middle period. From above the left post, Connolly collected a rebound off a shot by Chiasson and backhanded the puck past Lowell netminder Doug Carr, giving BU a 4-1 lead.
Sophomore Adam Clendening gave BU its biggest lead of the night at 5-1 when he scored on a breakaway right as he left the penalty box in the second. Just as returned to the ice, he received the puck thanks to a heads-up pass from center ice by Chiasson before skating in all alone and beating Carr at 14:40.
The River Hawks got a goal back with 43 seconds left in the second when Malcolm Lyles scored on the power play for his first collegiate goal.
The home team tried to muster a rally, scoring 20 seconds into the third to get within two at 5-3, but Gaudet scored on a great hustle play under two minutes later to reestablish a three-goal cushion at 6-3.
That goal forced the River Hawks to pull Carr for the first time this season, as the sophomore stopped just 17 of the 23 shots he faced.
A goal by Lowell’s Matt Ferreira at 7:32 of the third again created a two-goal game. However, Nieto scored on BU’s lone power-play chance of the third with 8:50 left to seal the victory.
Millan had 30 saves in the first 40 minutes, having stopped 18 in the middle period alone. Marc Boulanger relived Carr and made five saves on six shots.
The Terriers went 3-of-5 on the power play and killed off three of the River Hawks’ four chances with the man advantage.