AMHERST, Mass. - No. 6 University of Massachusetts hockey held a 2-1 lead through one period of play, but Boston University managed to score three unanswered to snap the Minutemen's seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 loss at the Mullins Center on Sunday evening. UMass is now 9-4-1 on the season, while the Terriers move to 2-1-0.
"It was a frustrating loss," said UMass head coach Greg Carvel. "For me as a head coach, I was concerned that we went too long without a game after winning seven in a row and I was concerned that our mental edge would be off and I thought that it was tonight. We had a lot of mental errors that I think come when you don't play for an extended period of time, which is what I was concerned about and played out. I thought we had good energy, but I give BU a lot of credit, they blocked a lot of shots, they played with desperation, especially in the third period, and (Logan) Cockerill is a very good player for them, you can't give him breakaways, he puts it in the back of the net pretty easily. It all added up for a frustrating loss. I think we should've been better tonight but we weren't."
Boston University jumped out to a 1-0 lead 8:47 into the first when Jamie Armstrong caused a turnover behind the UMass net and found Dylan Peterson streaking in alone for a quick, close-ranges strike.
The Minutemen tied the score up at 1-1 at the 14:26 mark of the opening stanza as junior Ty Farmer lifted one over the shoulder of Terriers goaltender Drew Commesso from the top of the crease off a feed from Josh Lopina.
UMass pulled in front in the final minute of the frame with redshirt senior Carson Gicewicz burying his ninth of the season from the slot on the power play with senior Oliver Chau and sophomore Zac Jones collecting the assists at 19:15.
The Terriers evened the score at 2-2, 8:01 into the second period with Logan Cockerill finishing off a breakaway by sliding the puck under senior Matt Murray.
BU then took a 3-2 advantage into the locker room after two courtesy of David Farrance picking a corner on the power play at 13:24 after collecting a puck from Domenick Fensore off the half wall.
Cockerill capitalized on another turnover to pot a shorthanded goal for his second tally of the contest at the 5:54 mark of the third period to give Boston University a two-goal cushion.
UMass finished with a 35-17 advantage in shots, while both teams went 1-for-6 on the power play. Murray made 13 saves for the Minutemen and Commesso totaled 33 stops for the Terriers.