CHIASSON SCORES IN DOUBLE OVERTIME TO LIFT BOSTON UNIVERSITY PAST NEW HAMPSHIRE, 5-4
Junior forward Alex Chiasson nets game-winning goal at 6:42 of double overtime for Terriers
BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Kieran Millan made a tournament-record 68 saves and junior Alex Chiasson scored at 6:42 of double overtime to cap a remarkable comeback from a 4-1 deficit and lift the No. 6 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a thrilling 5-4 triumph over New Hampshire in the decisive third game of the Hockey East quarterfinals on Sunday evening at Agganis Arena.
With the win, the third-seeded Terriers improve to 23-13-1 on the year and advance to the Hockey East semifinals for the 10th time in 11 seasons. BU will face 10th-ranked and fourth-seeded Maine in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. on Friday evening at TD Garden.
After setting the record on Friday for the longest game ever at Agganis with an 82-minute affair, the Terriers and Wildcats waited just two days to surpass that mark. BU rebounded from that 3-2 double-overtime loss on Friday by winning on Saturday, 4-2, before emerging victorious in Sunday's clincher.
The game-winner came on a rush, as senior Chris Connolly fed junior Wade Megan up along the left boards before Megan skated in and took a shot that went off UNH netminder Casey DeSmith's chest. The puck rolled out to the slot and Chiasson streaked in before knocking the rebound through DeSmith's legs to end the marathon.
Chiasson added three assists to tie his career high of four points while sophomore Garrett Noonan started the comeback from the 4-1 deficit with back-to-back goals late in the second period. Noonan also added an assist for the first three-point game of his career. Megan provided the game-tying goal just 30 seconds into the third period before assisting on the winner.
Playing in his final game at Agganis, Millan cruised past his previous career high of 47 saves set on Friday night and recorded the most stops by a BU netminder since Rick DiPietro made 77 in a quadruple-overtime loss to St. Lawrence in the 2000 NCAA Regional Final.
The Terriers opened the scoring just 4:11 into the contest when freshman Evan Rodrigues scored his second goal of the season when he scored in transition skating in from the left circle on assists from sophomore Matt Nieto and junior Sean Escobedo.
UNH (15-19-3) quickly responded as freshman Casey Thrush scored a pair of goals at 8:09 and 14:30 of the opening stanza and give the visitors the lead.
The Wildcats used special teams to open up their advantage in the second, using a power-play strike by junior Greg Burke and a shorthanded goal from senior Mike Borisenok to attain the 4-1 cushion just 4:34 into the middle period.
Noonan sparked the comeback when he converted a wrister from the left circle with 3:49 left in the second. Soon after, he got the Terriers to within a goal when he pounced on a loose puck under DeSmith in the crease with 62 seconds remaining.
Using the momentum built off Noonan's markers, the Terriers picked up right where they left off to start the third. Megan fed Noonan right before he entered the UNH zone, but Noonan lost control of the puck, and Megan skated to collect to it before rifling a shot from the high slot to the back of the net.
The teams then went scoreless for over 46 minutes before Chiasson provided the heroics thanks to Millan stopping the final 51 shots he faced.
DeSmith made 50 saves for UNH, which went 1-for-4 on the power play. BU came up empty on its three chances with the man advantage. No penalties were called after the 9:39 mark of the third period.