The fourth-ranked Boston University men's ice hockey team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday night, as UMass Lowell posted a 2-1 victory over the Terriers at Agganis Arena. The visiting River Hawks scored early in both the second and third periods before BU freshman Brian Strait scored his first collegiate goal. With the loss, the Terriers move to 2-1-1 on the year with a 2-1-0 mark in Hockey East play.
Freshman netminder Carter Hutton posted 17 saves for the River Hawks helping them open their conference schedule with a victory while improving to 2-2-1 overall. Senior John Curry posted 22 saves in goal for the Terriers.
After a scoreless first period, the visitors took advantage of a fortuitous bounce just over four minutes into the second period. A shot from the right circle by BU junior Dan McGoff ricocheted off the pipe and bounced towards UMass Lowell's Paul Worthington. With a pass up the ice, Worthington found fellow freshman Kory Falite, who ripped a shot past Curry from the left side for his first collegiate goal at the 4:33 mark.
While the River Hawks broke open the scoring in the second period, they certainly could have tacked on more in the middle stanza if not for a pair of highlight-reel saves by Terrier netminder John Curry.
The senior fended off a two-man breakaway by the visitors in the opening minute of the period, making a right pad save when Falite tried to send home a pass from Worthington. With under six minutes left before the second intermission, the River Hawks' Mike Potacco skated past the BU defense and lofted a shot towards Curry's left shoulder. However the Terrier was up to the task, snatching the puck with a tremendous glove save immediately after it left Potacco's stick.
UMass Lowell made it a 2-0 contest in the second minute of the final period when it scored another goal in transition. Senior Jason Tejchma corralled a loose puck just outside the River Hawks' zone and skated along the left boards before firing a shot. The puck was initially saved by Curry, but it skipped to the opposite side, where sophomore Mark Roebothan charged in and directed the puck to back of the net before knocking the goal off its moorings.
The Terriers fought hard to get back into the contest and were rewarded on their fourth power-play opportunity of the evening.
Senior Kenny Roche gathered a rebound near the right faceoff dot and moved towards the slot before briefly losing control of the puck. Right before a UMass Lowell defender cleared the puck out of the zone, Roche dove and got just enough of his stick on it to get it across to Strait. The freshman drove the puck through traffic, where it kicked off a defender and into the goal past Hutton at the 14:18 mark.
BU was unsuccessful in its attempt for an equalizer and the visitors held on for the one-goal victory. UMass Lowell outshot the Terriers, 24-18, on the night.
The two teams will meet again when the Terriers return to action on Friday, Nov. 7, when make the short trip to Tsongas Arena for a 7 p.m. contest.