BOSTON, Mass. - Despite holding a 3-0 third-period lead, the No. 15 Boston University men's ice hockey team skated to a 3-3 draw with Vermont at Agganis Arena on Friday night. With the tie, BU (16-9-8, 13-5-6 HEA) extended its Hockey East unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2).
Freshman Sahir Gill paced the Terriers with a goal and an assist, while BU also garnered goals from classmate Adam Clendening and sophomore Ben Rosen. Junior netminder Kieran Millan turned aside 38 shots.
BU took a 3-0 lead with a goal in each regulation frame, but the Catamounts recorded three markers in a 6:52 span in the third stanza to tie the game. Lance Harrington capped the three-goal spurt at 13:29 of the period with his first career tally.
Vermont (7-17-7, 5-13-6 HEA) also got goals from Anders Franzon and Drew MacKenzie while goaltender Rob Madore turned in an impressive 43-save performance.
Both BU and the Catamounts were 0-for-4 on the power play. The Terriers outshot Vermont by a 46-41 margin.
Gill opened the scoring 16:40 into the game with an unassisted goal that snapped his streak of 20 straight games without a tally. The freshman used his body to knock down a UVM pass near the left hash mark of the Catamounts' zone and skated in before beating Madore for his fifth marker of the season.
The Terriers made it a 2-0 contest at 12:52 of the second when Clendening sent home a rebound off his own shot from the right edge of the slot. While the goal was not initially awarded, a lengthy video replay revealed that the puck crossed the goal line. Coyle and Gill picked up assists on the play.
BU looked to be in control when its fourth line manufactured a tally to push the lead to 3-0 at 5:33 of the third. Rosen poked in a rebound at the left post following a shot by wraparound attempt by Justin Courtnall. Junior Kevin Gilroy also earned a helper.
Just over a minute after Rosen found the back of the net, the Catamounts got on the board with a tally by Franzon. Millan had stopped 99 of the last 100 shots he had faced before allowing that goal.
MacKenzie and Herrington then came through with goals 32 seconds apart at the 12:57 and 13:29 marks, respectively, to create the deadlock.
MacKenzie's came off a redirect on an attempt from Brett Leonard while Herrington's game-tying goal came via a rebound off a shot by H.T. Lenz.
The BU offense generated a handful of strong scoring chances during the remainder of regulation and had 19 shots on goal in the third period alone, but Madore and the UVM defense enabled the visitors to come away with a key point after neither team won in overtime.
The two teams will wrap up their weekend series at Agganis Arena on Saturday (Feb. 26). The game, which will be broadcast live by NESN, will start at 6:30 p.m. The Terriers can secure home ice for the Hockey East quarterfinals with a victory on Saturday.