LOWELL, MA (Oct. 27, 2006) - Jason Tejchma (Muskegon, MI) scored the game-tying goal with just over six minutes remaining as UMass Lowell and Boston University played to a 1-1 tie Friday night in college hockey action at Tsongas Arena.
The River Hawks move to 2-2-3 overall and are unbeaten in Hockey East play at 1-0-2. BU is 2-1-2 overall and 2-1-1 in league play with the draw.
John Curry (Shorewood, MN) had 34 saves for the Terriers, while Carter Hutton (Thunder Bay, ONT) stopped 20 shots for UML in the tie.
It was over halfway through the game before either team found the back of the net. Matt Gilroy (North Bellmore, NY) provided the offense with his top-shelf shot down the left wing at 12:44 of the second period. Chris Higgins (Lynnfield, MA) and Ryan Weston (Henniker, NH) earned assists on the tally.
Despite a decided shot advantage - 35 to 21 for the game - it took the River Hawks until the 13:56 mark of the third period to score their one and only goal of the game. Nick Schaus (Orchard Park, NY), serving a penalty for goaltender interference, broke up the BU play at his defensive blue line and raced after the puck for a breakaway. His shot was stopped by Curry, but Tejchma was there to stuff home the rebound.
Tejchma, including Friday's game-tying strike, has had a hand in either the game-winning or game-tying goals in each of the last three UML games. He earned the assist on the game-winner last Friday at BU and the helper on the game-tying goal against Providence last Saturday.
Jeremy Hall (Mays Landing, NJ) had perhaps the best scoring chance of the game that didnít result in a goal when Curry robbed his point-blank shot in front the top of the crease.
"We were able to rise to the occasion playing such a respectable opponent in BU," said
UML head coach Blaise MacDonald. "We knew having played them just last Friday that they would be looking to change the way they played a little bit. I think it was a good contested game."
UML out-shot the Terriers 12-3 in the final period. The River Hawks were 0-for-4 on the power play, while BU was 0-for-3.
The River Hawks took three of a possible four points from the Terriers with a win and a tie over the last two weekends. The two schools have split their last 11 meetings head-to-head, 4-4-3.
UML hosts Merrimack College Saturday night at Tsongas Arena. BU is also in action Saturday, at home against Maine.