BOSTON UNIVERSITY SKATES TO 3-3 TIE WITH NOTRE DAME AT SHILLELAGH TOURNAMENT
Junior forward Chris Connolly posts goal and assist for Terriers
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - The No. 10/11 Boston University men's ice hockey team played to a 3-3 draw with No. 12 Notre Dame in the consolation game of the 2011 Shillelagh Tournament on Sunday evening at Sears Centre Arena.
BU (8-5-6), which never trailed in the game, got goals from three different players and junior Corey Trivino assisted on all three tallies.
Junior Kieran Millan was outstanding in net, recording 39 saves, as the Irish held a commanding 42-19 advantage in shots.
The Terriers held a 3-1 lead after two periods, but the Irish scored two goals in the third, capped by a shorthanded equalizer with 2:53 left in regulation
Senior Joe Pereira and junior Chris Connolly each recorded a goal and an assist while freshman Adam Clendening also found the back of the net.
For just the second time in the last eight games, BU opened the scoring, as Pereira redirected an offering from freshman Garrett Noonan over the shoulder of Notre Dame goaltender Mike Johnson at 6:41 of the first for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Notre Dame (12-7-3) answered when T.J. Tynan scored his 14th goal of the year on an odd-man rush at 15:45.
BU quickly regained the lead, however, with Clendening scoring just 46 seconds after Tynan's tally with the teams skating 4-on-4.
A shot by Trivino from the slot was deflected and the puck made its way out to the right faceoff dot. Clendening quickly corralled the puck and found an opening with Johnson out of position to give the Terriers a 2-1 advantage.
Connolly made it a 3-1 affair with the lone goal of the middle period. Pereira took a shot from the top of the right circle and Connolly tipped it in from just above the crease at 13:08.
Faced with a two-goal deficit, the Fighting Irish scored both early and late in the third to force overtime.
Anders Lee finished off a 2-on-1 with a pass from Tynan at 6:09.
BU did not earn its first power-play chance until late in regulation, but Notre Dame ended up being the beneficiary. Sam Calabrese registered the game-tying tally when he beat Millan shorthanded on a rush started by Ryan Guentzel.
Both teams created scoring chances in overtime and each had 35 seconds of power-play time, but settled for the draw.
A shootout took place to determine third place for the tournament and the Irish won, 1-0, as Calle Ridderwall was the only player to convert his attempt.
BU will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 9, when it travels to face Vermont in a contest that will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports. Game time is set for 7 p.m.