NOONAN LIFTS BOSTON UNIVERSITY PAST HARVARD IN OVERTIME, 4-3
Sophomore defenseman Garrett Noonan nets game-winner at 2:08 of overtime for Terriers
ALLSTON, Mass. - The No. 6 Boston University men's ice hockey team recorded its fifth come-from-behind victory in its last six games, using an overtime winner from sophomore Garrett Noonan to cap a rally from a 3-1 deficit and post a 4-3 win at Harvard on Saturday evening at Bright Hockey Center.
Senior captain Chris Connolly recorded his first two goals of the season and added an assist on the overtime goal for a three-point night. Junior Ben Rosen sent the game into overtime at 16:39 of the third with his first tally of the year.
BU (13-6-1) used a neutral-zone turnover to create the winning rush in overtime, as Connolly raced up the right side before attempting a hat trick with a shot that was saved by Harvard goaltender Steve Michalek. The rebound, however, popped right out to Noonan, who was trailing up the slot, and the defenseman converted 2:08 into the extra session.
The Terriers faced a 3-1 deficit for nearly 29 minutes before Connolly started the late charge with his second tally of the night on a rebound at 8:41 of the third.
Rosen's game-tying marker, which came on a scramble at the Harvard crease, was not awarded until a video replay showed the puck crossed the goal line right before Michalek was able to cover it up.
Junior Alex Chiasson and sophomore Adam Clendening each registered three assists on the night. Chiasson's trio came on the final three goals of the contest.
After giving up three first-period goals, senior goaltender Kieran Millan blanked the Crimson the rest of the way and turned in a 23-save performance.
Harvard (4-6-6), which went 2-of-5 on its nation-best power play, got two goals from Alex Fallstrom and 30 saves from Michalek.
The Crimson opened the scoring 3:06 into the contest when Fallstrom converted on a man advantage with assists going to Marshall Everson and Alex Killorn.
BU answered with a power-play goal of its own at 16:32 of the first when Connolly redirected a Clendening shot to the back of the net at the right crease to finally snap his goalless streak on his 63rd shot of the season.
Harvard scored twice late in the first to jump out to a 3-1 lead. Fallstrom added another at 17:36 and Alex Killorn found the back of the net with just nine seconds left in the stanza on a power-play rush that came on the heels off a failed 2-on-1 shorthanded chance for the Terriers.
Neither team scored in the middle period, as Millan and the BU defense started to settle down by stopping all 13 of Harvard's shots in the period.
The Terriers will return to action on Friday (Jan. 20) when they host Providence in a contest that will be broadcast live on NESN. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.