Feb. 28, 2009

Courtesy of Boston University

AMHERST, Mass. - Despite falling into a 3-0 deficit by the first minute of the second period, the No. 1/2 Boston University men's ice hockey team used career performances from seniors Jason Lawrence and Matt Gilroy to stage a thrilling rally in a 6-3 road victory over Massachusetts on Friday evening at Mullins Center. Lawrence tallied a natural hat trick, while Gilroy set personal bests in points (4) and goals (2).

BU extends its nation-best unbeaten streak to 13 games and improves to 24-5-4 overall and 15-5-4 in Hockey East play. With the win, the Terriers clinched home ice in the league quarterfinals for the fifth straight season, but they remain one point behind Northeastern for first place in the standings due to the Huskies' 3-0 victory over UMass Lowell.

Freshman goaltender Kieran Millan made just eight saves on the 11 shots he faced before being pulled in favor of classmate Grant Rollheiser 4:14 into the second period. Rollheiser went on stop all 10 of UMass' shots the rest of the way to pick up the victory.

Sophomore Paul Dainton recorded 32 saves for the Minutemen, who move to 14-16-3 overall and 9-12-3 in conference play.

After opening the scoring at 9:08 of the first, UMass scored in both the final minute of the period and the first minute of the second to take a 3-0 lead.

Gilroy started the rally with power-play tallies at 6:29 and 14:34 of the middle stanza to get the Terriers within one at 3-2 before Lawrence kicked off his three-goal spurt with the game-tying goal at 17:11.

Lawrence found the back of the net again just 27 seconds into the third to give BU its first lead of the night at 4-3 before capping his first career hat trick under four minutes later.

Freshman David Warsofsky tallied BU's third power-play marker of the night with 8:52 left in regulation to complete the six-goal run.

The Terriers went 3-of-7 with the man advantage while successful killing off all six of the Minutemen's power plays.

Sophomores Nick Bonino and Colin Wilson each recorded two assists on the night for the Terriers.

The two teams will wrap up their home-and-home series on Saturday (Feb. 28) at Agganis Arena. Game time is set for 8 p.m. The Terriers will introduce their 20-member Hockey East 25th Anniversary Team in the first intermission.