UNH (1-5-2, 1-2-1) faced off against Boston University (2-4-2, 2-2-1) on the second night of a back to back after losing to UMass Lowell in overtime.
In a sloppy first period riddled with power plays, both UNH and BU had ample scoring opportunities in a high-octane first period.
BU started the scoring at 5:55 with a goal from junior defenseman Chad Krys on a slap shot from just inside the blue line. Krys was assisted by first-year forward Joel Farabee and junior defenseman Dante Fabbro.
At 9:17 of the first period, UNH scored an equalizing goal by senior left-wing Ara Nazarian. Nazarian’s positioning scored him the goal, as he caught the puck off a rebound in front of the net and proceeded to tap it in. Nazarian was assisted by sophomore defenseman Max Gildon and sophomore right-wing Charlie Kelleher. This goal was scored on a UNH power play.
Soon afterwards, sophomore left-wing Kohei Sato was charged with a two-minute minor for too many men on the ice. BU scored on the ensuing power play with a goal from sophomore forward Shane Bowers.
BU won the shots battle in the first period, edging out the Wildcats 12-7.
Early in the second period, UNH had multiple scoring chances yet failed to convert due to costly turnovers. The ‘Cats turned it over in every way possible, mishandling the puck, passing it out of the zone, and falling victim to BU poke checks.
UNH converted on a two-on-one goal by first-year center Jackson Pierson. The goal was scored at 14:05. Pierson’s goal tied the game at two and the score remained stagnant for the remainder of the period.
A theme of this match was penalties. UNH had seven penalties to BU’s four, and the Wildcats paid for it.
“We have to stay out of the box… Boston University is going to force you to reach and grab because they are so skilled and fast,” said UNH Head Coach Mike Souza on the penalties.
Both team’s penalty kills were effective, but only to an extent as 14 minutes of the game were UNH penalty minutes.
In the third period, UNH was able to get the puck into BU’s zone, although play after play the Wildcats would manage to lose the puck whether a BU player stole it or the UNH player simply did not anticipate the puck coming to them.
After a scoreless third, overtime ensued. 2:04 into overtime, BU’s Farabee was called on a two-minute minor for hooking, giving the Wildcat’s an overtime power play.
In similar fashion to the rest of the game, UNH lost the puck on a missed pass and BU took it and scored a short-handed game- winning breakaway goal by Bowers, his second of the game.
Souza commented on the game-winning goal. “I could not tell you the last time I saw a game in college or a game I have been a part of end on a shorthanded overtime goal” said Souza.
UNH played a decent game, as they went punch for punch with the Terriers.
The Wildcats simply turned the puck over too often and they beat themselves at the end of the game.
After the game Souza had some comments on his teams play. “Well obviously that one stings a lot. I thought our kids competed as hard as they have all year… we tried to play a structured game and tried to be as detailed as we could, but they made one more play than us.”