By Jake Seiner/DFP Staff
Backed by senior co-captain Chris Connolly’s game-winning tally with 27.5 seconds to go in the third, the No. 5/6 Boston University men’s hockey team completed a weekend sweep of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Agganis Arena on Saturday night.
Connolly netted the goal on a shot created by junior assistant captain David Warsofsky, who carried the puck into the UML zone, held off a defender with a power move and slid the puck to Connolly center-slot.
The Terriers trailed 1-0 late in the third, but sophomore Alex Chiasson netted the equalizer with 3:43 to play.
With junior goaltender Grant Rollheiser pulled due to a delayed penalty on UML, Warsofsky started the scoring play with a gorgeous pass from atop the right circle.
The pass slid between a pair of UML defenders right to freshman Charlie Coyle beneath the left dot. Coyle put the puck toward the net, where Chiasson tipped the offering at net. The puck bounced around, but came back to Chiasson atop the crease, who poked the biscuit into a wide open basket.
The teams had played scoreless hockey through two periods until Lowell freshman Joseph Pendenza broke the tie with 10:27 to play. Pendenza beat Rollheiser on the left side on a one-time poke from right in front. Assists went to sophomores Joe Caveney and Riley Wetmore.
The Terriers put themselves behind the proverbial eight-ball in the first period when sophomore defenseman Max Nicastro earned a five-minute major and a game misconduct for hitting Ryan Blair from behind.
BU killed off the five-minute penalty with ease –– even outshooting the River Hawks on the kill until UML took a too-many-men minor with 1:34 left on the Nicastro major. The penalty’s ill effects would be felt the rest of the game, however, as BU’s defense appeared to struggle with fatigue as it played with only five defensemen on the bench.