|1st||5:30||BU||1-0||PP||Ahti Oksanen (11)||Matt Grzelcyk/12, Jack Eichel/23|
|1st||17:27||UML||1-1||EV||C.J. Smith (8)||Michael Louria/4, Zack Kamrass/10|
|1st||17:50||UML||2-1||EV||A.J. White (7)||Evan Campbell/12|
|2nd||1:57||UML||3-1||PP||C.J. Smith (9)||Evan Campbell/13, Zack Kamrass/11|
|2nd||7:49||BU||2-3||PP||Danny O'Regan (16)||Evan Rodrigues/16, Matt Grzelcyk/13|
|2nd||19:16||BU||3-3||EV||Ahti Oksanen (12)||Brien Diffley/5|
|OT||1:18||BU||4-3||PP GW||Jack Eichel (11)||Matt Grzelcyk/14, Evan Rodrigues/17|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|UMass Lowell (15-5-3)||1/2||4/8||0|
|Boston University (13-4-4)||3/4||2/4||0|
|UMass Lowell Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Kevin Boyle (L, 12-3-3)||61:18||4||10||10||13||0||33|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Matt O'Connor (W, 11-3-3)||61:18||3||16||7||11||0||34|
BOSTON - Freshman Jack Eichel scored 1:18 into overtime to cap a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory by the No. 2/3 Boston University men's ice hockey team against No. 6 UMass Lowell on Sunday afternoon at Agganis Arena.
BU, which trailed by a score of 3-1 early in the second period, went 3-for-4 on the power play, including Eichel's overtime tally, to move into first place in the Hockey East standings by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker with the River Hawks. Both teams are 8-2-2 in league play. The Terriers improve to 13-4-4 on the year while Lowell moves to 15-5-3.
Junior Ahti Oksanen opened the scoring and also added the game-tying goal late in the second period after classmate Danny O'Regan registered his 16th tally of the season. Eichel added an assist for a two-point game while junior Matt Grzelcyk and senior Evan Rodrigues added three and two assists, respectively.
The River Hawks got two goals from freshman C.J. Smith and another from junior A.J. White.
Following a scoreless third period, Eichel drew a boarding penalty on Evan Campbell just over a minute into overtime. Eichel kicked off the power play with his 23rd faceoff win of the day before setting up at the left point, where he one-timed a pass from Grzelcyk over UMass Lowell netminder Kevin Boyle's left shoulder just nine seconds into the man advantage.
The goal, which was Eichel's 11th of his rookie campaign, came on the first shot of the extra session and was his second overtime winner of the season.
Both teams recorded 37 shots in the contest, as junior Matt O'Connor made 34 saves to earn the win in goal. Boyle turned aside 33 BU shots for the River Hawks, who scored on one of their two power-play chances in the contest.
On BU first power-play opportunity of the contest, Grzelcyk took a pass from Eichel and was at the left point before finding Oksanen at the right crease. Oksanen turned to get the puck on the center of his blade and redirected the puck between his legs and in just 5:30 into the game, giving the Terriers a 1-0 lead.
It looked like the home team would take that lead into the first intermission, but the River Hawks stunned the BU crowd with goals 23 seconds apart late in the opening period.
Smith got ahead of the defense on the left side before skating around O'Connor and beating him with a backhand. Moments later, White gave the visitors the lead with his seventh goal of the year.
Just 1:57 into the middle stanza, Lowell turned a penalty on BU freshman John MacLeod into a 3-1 lead, as Smith potted his team-leading ninth goal of the season. Sophomore Evan Campbell and senior captain Zach Kamrass each picked up his second assist of the game on the play.
BU got back in the game by making it 2-for-2 on power plays. Following a shot by Rodrigues from the right side, O'Regan pounced on the rebound at the foot of the left circle and sent it home to become just the fourth player in the nation this season to record 16 goals. The marker came at the 7:49 mark of the second.
In the final minute of the second, Boyle collected the puck behind his net and tried to curl it up the boards. Freshman Brien Diffley broke up the intended pass and the puck made its way to Oksanen at the right post. With the benefit of a screen by junior Matt Lane, Oksanen flung the puck to the back of the net to knot the game at 3-3 with just 43.5 seconds left in the frame.
The Terriers will return to action next weekend when they visit No. 9/10 Vermont for a pair of Hockey East tilts beginning on Friday (Jan. 23). Both games will start at 7 p.m.