GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Three goals in a span of 3:42 late in the third period turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 triumph, as the No. 12 Boston University men's ice hockey team rallied to earn a weekend split with No. 5/6 North Dakota on Saturday evening at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Junior Matt Nieto tied the game with 5:21 left and freshman Matt Lane provided the game-winner at 18:10 with his first collegiate goal. Just 11 seconds after Lane's marker, freshman Danny O'Regan completed the spurt with a late insurance tally.
Freshman Matt O'Connor improved to 4-0-0 with a 26-save performance, helping BU earn its first-ever win in Grand Forks in eight tries (1-6-1).
The Terriers improved to 4-2-0 on the year while North Dakota fell to 3-2-1. UND posted a 4-2 victory of its own in Friday's series opener.
UND opened the scoring 5:47 into the game on a fluke goal by Stephane Pattyn, as his shot flew wide of the goal and bounced off the glass then off O'Connor's skate and in.
Senior captain Wade Megan tied the game just 42 seconds into the middle stanza on a wrister from the right circle, but the home team regained the lead midway through the second on a goal by Danny Kristo.
That 2-1 advantage for North Dakota held for over 25 minutes of play until Nieto took a pass from O'Regan and wristed a shot past UND netminder Zane Gothberg from the high slot.
Lane's game-winner came on a rush, as sophomore Alexx Privitera wove through the UND defense and then dropped off a pass for Lane at the foot of the right circle, where the freshman went high to the near post to give the Terriers a 3-2 lead.
Moments later, BU quickly doubled its sudden lead, as O'Regan forced a turnover in front of the UND goal and pocketed his second goal in as many nights.
Gothberg made 29 saves for UND, as BU held a 33-28 shot advantage. Each team went 0-for-3 on its power play.
The Terriers will return to action on Friday (Nov. 9) when they close out a four-game road stretch with a visit to Merrimack. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.