BOSTON, Mass. - Seniors Zach Cohen and Eric Gryba and junior Nick Bonino all scored third-period goals to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Boston University men's ice hockey team to a 5-2 home victory over No. 12 Maine on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers complete a weekend sweep of the Black Bears and move over .500 for the first time this season, improving to 13-12-3 overall with a 10-9-2 Hockey East mark.
Junior Jeff Dimmen scored both of Maine's goals and sophomore Scott Darling made 31 saves for the Black Bears, who fall to 14-11-3 and 11-8-2 in conference play.
Sophomore Kieran Millan recorded 28 saves in goal for the Terriers, who also got goals from sophomores Corey Trivino and Chris Connolly.
Gryba tallied a career-high three points, scoring the game's final goal with 18 seconds left in regulation after picking up two assists earlier in the game. Junior Joe Pereira set a career best in assists with three and Cohen assisted on the game's first goal before potting the eventual game winner in the third.
BU never trailed in the contest, holding leads of 1-0 and 2-1 only to watch the visitors come back with an equalizer each time.
At 5:33 of the third with the Terriers on the power play, Cohen sent home a rebound at the top of a crease off a saved shot from the stick of sophomore Dave Warsofsky to break a 2-2 tie.
Just over two minutes later, Bonino gave the Terriers a 4-2 lead when he came in from the right corner and had his cross-crease pass - with sophomore Ross Gaudet at the opposite post - go off a Maine defender and in.
Gryba tacked on the late goal on a power play to help the Terriers finish 2-of-9 with the man advantage. Maine scored on one of its four power-play chances on the night. For the fifth time in their last six games, the Terriers got on the board first. Cohen got his stick on a clearing pass by the Black Bears and the puck made its way to Trivino, who converted from the slot just 4:29 into the contest.
Dimmen tied the contest under minutes later on a power play when his shot from the blueline made its way through traffic and past Millan with assists going to junior Tanner House and sophomore Gustav Nyquist.
After the teams entered the first intermission in the 1-1 deadlock, Connolly helped the Terriers regain the lead when he successfully converted a give-and-go with Pereira at 9:22 of the second by sending a backhand past Darling from the inside of the left circle.
The visitors turned to Dimmen once again to provide an equalizer, as the defenseman scored his second goal of the contest at 13:09 of the middle stanza on helpers from Nyquist and junior Josh Van Dyk.
The Terriers, now 9-3 in the new year, will return to action on Friday (Feb. 19) when they travel to face Providence in the opener of a home-and-home weekend series. Maine will host UMass Lowell in a two-game set at Alfond Arena on Feb. 19-20.