BOSTON UNIVERSITY NOTCHES 3-1 WIN OVER UMASS LOWELL
Senior forward Joe Pereira posts goal and assist for Terriers
BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Joe Pereira, sophomore Max Nicastro and freshman Garrett Noonan scored one goal each to lead the No. 14 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a 3-1 win over UMass Lowell at Agganis Arena on Friday night. With the win, the Terriers improved to 13-7-7 (10-5-5 HEA) and swept their season series with the River Hawks.
Pereira (1g, 1a) and freshman Adam Clendening (2a) led BU with two points each. After a scoreless first period, Nicastro and Noonan scored in the second frame, and Pereira added his team-leading 12th marker of the season in the third to give BU a 3-0 lead.
While on a two-man advantage and with the goaltender pulled, junior David Vallorani scored for UMass Lowell to account for the 3-1 final. The marker snapped the Terriers' 123:05 shutout streak, their longest of the season.
BU netminder Kieran Millan made 30 saves and River Hawk goaltender Marc Boulanger turned aside 35 shots as UMass Lowell dropped to 4-21-2 (3-17-0 HEA).
The Terriers were 2-for-4 on the power and scored multiple power-play goals for the second time in their last 26 games. UMass Lowell was 1-for-4 with the man advantage. BU outshot the River Hawks by a 38-31 margin.
After a scoreless first period, Nicastro opened the scoring just past the game's midpoint when he sent home a shot from the slot following a pass by junior Chris Connolly. Pereira also assisted on the tally.
Just over four minutes later, the Terriers cashed in on a power play with what ended up being the game-winner. At the left crease, Noonan was the beneficiary of a perfect cross-ice pass by junior Corey Trivino and knocked in the puck for his second tally of the season.
BU added an insurance goal with another successful try on a man advantage just under eight minutes into the third. After taking a pass from freshman Sahir Gill, Clendening fired a shot from the top of the right circle that went off Pereira's leg and in from the slot.
Millan looked like he was on his way to his first shutout of the season before the Terriers took a slew of late penalties.
With two BU players in the penalty box, UMass Lowell pull Boulanger to create a 6-on-3 advantage. Vallorani knocked in a rebound from the right post at 18:26 of the third with assists from Riley Wetmore and Joseph Pendenza.