Rodrigues Has Six Assists As Boston University Tops Massachusetts, 9-5
Senior forward Evan Rodrigues registers six assists for Terriers

Senior forward Evan Rodrigues posted six assists for the Terriers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:03  BU1-0 PP Brandon Hickey (3)Robbie Baillargeon/6, Brandon Fortunato/9
1st 13:39  BU2-0 EV Danny O'Regan (17)Jack Eichel/24, Evan Rodrigues/20
1st 14:21  UMA1-2 EV Dominic Trento (3)Patrick Lee/12
2nd 1:20  BU3-1 EV Ahti Oksanen (14)Cason Hohmann/12, Brandon Fortunato/10
2nd 9:27  UMA2-3 PP Troy Power (5)Patrick Lee/13, Brandon Montour/9
3rd 3:27  UMA3-3 PP Shane Walsh (9)Dennis Kravchenko/14, Ben Gallacher/5
3rd 4:53  UMA4-3 PP Frank Vatrano (14)Steven Iacobellis/14, Patrick Lee/14
3rd 7:01  BU4-4 PP Ahti Oksanen (15)Matt Grzelcyk/16, Evan Rodrigues/21
3rd 9:28  UMA5-4 EV Riley McDougall (3)Brandon Montour/10, Oleg Yevenko/5
3rd 12:39  BU5-5 PP Jack Eichel (14)Matt Grzelcyk/17, Evan Rodrigues/22
3rd 13:48  BU6-5 PP GW Matt Grzelcyk (1)Evan Rodrigues/23
3rd 15:40  BU7-5 EV Jack Eichel (15)Evan Rodrigues/24
3rd 18:20  BU8-5 PP Ahti Oksanen (16)Evan Rodrigues/25, Jack Eichel/25
3rd 19:14  BU9-5 PP Brandon Hickey (4)Cason Hohmann/13, Brandon Fortunato/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Massachusetts  1135
Boston University  2169
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Massachusetts  1091635
Boston University  14161848
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Massachusetts (8-17-1)  3/7 11/22 0
Boston University (16-4-4)  6/9 8/27 0
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Henry Dill (L, 7-10-1)60:009 12151239
Boston University Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Connor LaCouvee (W, 3-1-1)59:215 981330
Empty Net0:390     

BOSTON - The second-ranked Boston University men's ice hockey team tallied six goals in a frantic third period to earn a 9-5 win over Massachusetts on Friday night at Agganis Arena.

Senior Evan Rodrigues matched a program record with six assists while junior Ahti Oksanen collected his first collegiate hat trick. Freshman Jack Eichel recorded his fourth four-point game of the season with two goals and two assists. He had the same stat line in the Terriers' tilt at UMass to open the season on Oct. 10.

BU (16-4-4, 11-2-2 HEA) held a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes before the Terriers and Minutemen combined for nine goals in the final frame.

UMass (8-17-1, 3-12-1 HEA) scored twice on a major power play to take a 4-3 lead before Oksanen capped his hat trick to knot the game.

The visitors regained the lead briefly before BU exploded for the final five markers of the game, all of which came in the final 7:21 of regulation. Four of those goals came on the power play and the Terriers capitalized six times with a man advantage.

Freshman Brandon Hickey had a pair of goals while classmate and d-partner Brandon Fortunato added three assists. Senior captain Matt Grzelcyk lit the lamp and registered two assists for a three-point evening. Ten Terriers in total tallied a point on Friday night and freshman goaltender Connor LaCouvee made 30 saves to secure his third win of the season.

UMass got goals from five different players and freshman Patrick Lee had a team-high three points - all assists. Classmate Brandon Montour added a pair of assists. Freshman netminder Henry Dill recorded 39 saves.

Rodrigues' six-point night was the most by a Terrier since David Sacco put up seven on two goals and five assists against Denver on Nov. 16, 1990.

BU held a 48-35 shot advantage and scored on six of its nine power-play chances. The Minutemen went 3-of-7 with the man advantage.

Hickey opened the scoring 2:03 into the proceedings as the Terriers capitalized on their first power-play opportunity of the contest. Sophomore Robbie Baillargeon whipped a cross-zone pass to Hickey at the top of the right circle. The freshman defenseman walked to the dot and ripped a wrist shot over Dill's glove for his third tally of the season.

The Terriers' top line made the most of a broken play to extend the lead to 2-0 at the 13:39 juncture of the first frame. Rodrigues lost the puck for a moment at the left circle, but he got it back and backhanded the puck towards the cage. Eichel discovered the disc just above the crease and fed it to junior Danny O'Regan, who tapped in his team-leading 17th goal of the year.

UMass secured a 2-1 scoreline after 20 minutes when Lee forced a turnover in the BU zone and freshman Dominic Trento finished the play. The Terriers at one point outshot the Minutemen, 12-4, and took a 14-10 advantage in shots into the second period.

Oksanen offered the Agganis crowd a reason to stand 1:20 into the second stanza with his 14th marker of the year. Fortunato carried the puck through the neutral zone and slid it to junior Cason Hohmann, who quickly sent it deep to the left wing for Oksanen to chase. The Finland native beat his man to the puck and attempted a centering feed from just below the left circle. The puck took a friendly bounce off Hill and crossed the goal line.

It appeared as if the Minutemen answered 19 seconds later, but sophomore Frank Vatrano was ruled after video review to have kicked in the puck. Senior Troy Power did get UMass its second goal with a power-play strike at the 9:27 mark of the middle period.

The Minutemen got a five-minute man advantage just 35 seconds into the final frame and took advantage with goals from junior Shane Walsh and Vatrano to take a 4-3 lead with 4:53 gone in the period.

Oksanen made it a 4-4 affair at the 7:01 mark before the Minutemen responded right back with a tally by freshman Riley McDougall just over two minutes later to regain the lead for the visitors.

BU's power play took over the rest of the way, however, and treated the home fans to a barrage of goals. A one-timer by Eichel on assists from Grzelcyk and Rodrigues created a 5-5 deadlock before another power play resulted in a go-ahead goal by Grzelcyk following a pass by Rodrigues.

The Terriers added three insurance goals to secure the victory. Rodrigues found Eichel at the left crease on a pass through the goalmouth at 15:40 before Oksanen and Hickey tacked on two more power-play goals to create the 9-5 final.

For the first time in 17 years, the Terriers will enter the Beanpot with only four losses. BU takes on No. 4 Harvard in the first semifinal of this year's Beanpot on Monday (Feb. 2) at 5 p.m. at TD Garden.