AMHERST, Mass. - No. 17 UMass (13-10-4, 10-8-2 Hockey East) suffered its second consecutive loss on Friday night, falling to No. 7 Boston University (15-5-8, 11-4-7 HEA) by the score of 3-2 on White Out Night. David Leaderer and Justin Braun scored for the Minutemen, their second and third of the season. The Minutemen return to action at the Mullins Center Saturday night when they host Providence College.
The game hit a delay just over two minutes into the first after Scott Crowder's hit to a BU player sent the Terrier into the glass, shattering a pane near the penalty boxes. The Mullins Center crew got to work and cleaned up the mess in five minutes to get the game back on track.
Boston University got on the board with 58 seconds remaining in the stanza, Kenny Roche beating Jon Quick for his ninth of the season. Chris Higgins and Eric Thomassian assisted on the play, with Higgins making the pass up from behind the UMass net to Roche between the circles. Roche's shot beat Quick glove side for the 1-0 score.
Pete MacArthur gave the Terriers the 2-0 lead at 4:17 of the second, beating Quick just under the crossbar on the stick side. Higgins and Matt Gilroy assisted on the goal.
UMass defenseman David Leaderer brought the Minutemen to within one with his second of the season at 11:05. UMass was circling the puck for some time before Cory Quirk found Chris Capraro near the far circle. Capraro made the pass to Leaderer at the blueline, the shot making it cleanly through traffic and past John Curry for the score.
Quick held on in the last minute of the second, facing a flurry of shots in the final seconds, to keep the score 2-1. Shots through two were 22-16 in favor of the Minutemen.
A shot from the far faceoff dot by Brian Ewing put BU up by two, 54 seconds into the third. The goal was unassisted and his seventh of the season.
Rookie Justin Braun scored his third goal in four games with a goal at 10:23 of the third, taking advantage of a rebound in front of the BU net. Kevin Jarman passed the puck down to Scott Crowder behind the net, who then skated in front and took the initial shot. Braun followed up with the rebound to make it 3-2.
Despite the barrage of shots, a late power play opportunity and pulling Quick in favor of the extra attacker, the Minutemen were unable to pull even and force overtime, dropping their third home game of the season.
Final shots stood at 34-19. Quick made 16 saves in the loss, while his counterpart Curry made 32. Neither team found the back of the net on the power play, the Minutemen going 0-for-4 and BU going 0-for-1.