Feb. 23, 2009

Courtesy of BU

BOSTON - For the second times in as many nights, two of the top men's ice hockey teams in the country were unable to determine a victor, as top-ranked Boston University and No. 4/5 Northeastern battled to a 1-1 overtime tie on Saturday evening at Matthews Arena. The Terriers, who skated to a 2-2 draw at home against the Huskies on Friday, now stand at 23-5-4 on the year with a 14-5-4 Hockey East record.

Senior Matt Gilroy finally broke a scoreless tie at 7:39 of the third on a shorthanded tally, but the home team was able to record an equalizer with only 2:22 left in regulation.

Freshman Kieran Millan turned in a standout 31-save performance, including seven stops in overtime, while Northeastern's Brad Thiessen made 25 saves on the night.

Neither BU (0-for-9) or Northeastern (0-for-11) was able to convert on any of the game's 20 power-play chances.

The Huskies (20-8-4, 15-5-3) maintain their one-point lead over the Terriers for first place in the league standings. Each team has four games left in the regular season and should the two end up tied, BU holds the tiebreaker thanks to its 1-0-2 record in the league series.

Sophomore Nick Bonino did most of the work on the game's first goal, as the sophomore blocked a shot on a third-period penalty kill to start a 2-on-1 rush with Gilroy.

As he drove to the net with the puck along the left side, Bonino briefly lost control of the puck and Thiessen came out to break up the play. The forward found an opening and threaded a pass over to Gilroy, who converted with a virtually wide-open net in front of the crease with under 13 minutes left in regulation.

Gilroy became the eighth different Terrier to record a shorthanded goal this season and the tally ended BU's scoreless streak of 93:18, its longest in over two years.

BU killed off two more penalties with the 1-0 lead before the Huskies mustered a game-tying goal with at the 17:38 mark. Freshman Steve Quailer stuffed in a rebound above the left post following a saved shot from the stick of senior Joe Vitale. Sophomore Wade MacLeod also assisted on the play.

The Terriers could not avoid the penalty box and allowed the Huskies to have over three minutes more of man-advantage time down the stretch, but Millan and the defense were up to the task to come away with the tie.

BU, which has earn ties in its last three contests, will return to action on Friday (Feb. 27) when it visits Massachusetts for a 7:30 p.m. contest in Amherst. The game will be televised live by NESN.