Senior Mike Morris scored with 2.6 seconds left in regulation to lift
Northeastern to a 3-3 tie against No. 7 Boston College before a crowd of
5,173 at Matthews Arena on Friday night. The Huskies also got goals from
freshmen Randy Guzior and Chad Costello and goalie Brad Thiessen made 27
saves. Brian Boyle and Benn Ferriero both scored in the third period for BC.
On the game-tying play, Rob Rassey won the faceoff and got the puck back to
Costello. Costello shot the puck through traffic and BC goalie Cory
Schneider made the save. Morris came in from the left circle and slapped the
rebound into the net to tie the score at 3-3 at 19:57 in the third period.
"I was just trying to get in there and tap it in," said Morris. "It was
awesome in here tonight. The crowd was crazy and it was a great place to
Northeastern head coach Greg Cronin said "I've never been involved in a game
like that that was so exciting and still so slippery." He added that the
game was an "event and when a college hockey game is played in an atmosphere
like that, it's really special."
BC scored at 11:43 in the first period and the Huskies evened the score
before the period was over on Guzior's goal. The Eagles were trying to take
the puck up the ice but NU freshman Kyle Kraemer broke up the play near the
boards at center ice. Kraemer backhanded the puck to Guzior, who took it
into the right circle and netted a shot over Schneider's shoulder at 19:32.
Northeastern scored its second goal to take a 2-1 lead at 17:32 in the
second period. Morris stole the puck from a BC player between the bluelines
and nudged it ahead to Costello. Costello took the puck into the BC zone,
shot it and followed his shot to the crease and beat Schneider for the
Boston College had taken the lead on a power play when Brett Motherwell took
a shot from the right point and Ben Smith knocked in the rebound from the
corner of the crease at 11:43. Seven penalties were called in the first
period, including a five-minute major on Mike Brennan for boarding at 19:49,
but the Huskies weren't able to capitalize on that advantage in the start of
the second period.
BC scored two goals in the early part of the third period to take the lead.
Boyle scored with a slapshot from the outside on a power play at 1:01 in the
third. Ferriero gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead when he scored at 5:33 in the
In overtime, both teams created scoring opportunities and the play went back
and forth. Boston College had a golden opportunity when Brock Bradford
intercepted a pass and took the puck in all alone. Bradford skated to
Thiessen's stick-side and shot it but Thiessen stretched out and made a
toe-save. The Huskies had a great chance to score when Morris passed the
puck to an open Rassey, but Rassey's shot sailed wide.
"It was a great atmosphere to play in with such a big crowd," said Boston
College coach Jerry York. "There were a lot of chances both ways. It was
disappointing to lose the last faceoff and get scored on but we created a
lot of good chances."
With the tie, Northeastern is 2-7-2 overall and 0-6-2 in Hockey East. Boston
College is 6-3-1 and 3-1-1.
The Huskies are back in action next Saturday when they host New Hampshire at
Matthews Arena at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 890 ESPN Boston
and WRBB Radio, 104.9 FM.
The Huskies are back in action next Saturday when they host New Hampshire at Matthews Arena at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 890 ESPN Boston and WRBB Radio, 104.9 FM.