BOSTON - Sophomore Cason Hohmann scored 2:56 into overtime to lift the No. 9 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Rensselaer on Friday evening at Agganis Arena. BU improves to 11-6-0 with the win.
Rensselaer (6-8-4) never trailed until the final shot, opening the scoring exactly 10 minutes into the game before scoring again at 14:43 of the second to take a 2-1 advantage.
Hohmann also assisted on the game-tying goal, which came from the stick of junior Sahir Gill at the 5:30 mark of the third. Gill knocked in a rebound at the crease following a backhand attempt by classmate Garrett Noonan from the same spot.
Freshman Sean Maguire won his fourth straight start and moved to a perfect 3-0-0 at home with his 27-save performance. RPI got 38 saves from senior Bryce Merriam.
Hohmann's game-winner came on a rush along the right side set up initially by junior Patrick MacGregor. Gill took a pass from MacGregor near the penalty boxes and backhanded the puck up the boards to Hohmann. With junior Matt Nieto charging hard to the net, Hohmann skated through the right circle and watched the defense gravitate towards Nieto before waiting out Merriam and roofing a shot over his glove to end the game.
The Terriers held a 41-29 shot advantage, including a 15-4 margin in the third, but came up empty on all five of their power-play chances. BU committed just one penalty, however, and was able to successfully kill it off.
RPI got on the board first when Ryan Haggerty scored off a faceoff exactly midway through the opening period.
The Terriers were able to draw even just over five minutes later, as senior Ryan Santana lifted a rebound over Merriam following a try by freshman Mike Moran near the right post. It was Santana's first goal of the season and Moran's assist was the first point of his collegiate career.
C.J. Lee helped the Engineers regain the lead late in the middle period when he beat Maguire from the high slot.
That 2-1 lead for the visitors held for nearly 11 minutes before Gill provided the game-tying tally with 14:30 left in regulation.
BU will return to action on Wednesday (Jan. 9) when it plays host to crosstown rival Harvard. Game time is set for 7 p.m.