BOSTON, Mass. - The No. 11 Boston University men's ice hockey team erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime, but the U.S. National Under-18 Team scored a power-play goal to earn a 6-5 victory in Saturday's exhibition at Agganis Arena.
Senior Matt Brown scored with 9.8 seconds remaining in the second stanza to cut Team USA's lead to 5-3 before senior Wilmer Skoog and freshman Lane Hutson both lit the lamp to tie the game just 1:53 into the third period. However, the U18s took advantage of a 4-on-3 power play in overtime to secure the victory.
Seniors Ethan Phillips and Sam Stevens also scored for the Terriers, with Phillips and Brown each adding an assist to complete two-point afternoons. Freshmen Lachlan Getz and Jeremy Wilmer, sophomore Jack Page and senior Jamie Armstrong each had one helper apiece. Junior Vinny Duplessis made 33 saves, including a spectacular pad stop late in the third period to keep the game tied.
Future Terriers Michael Chambre and Kai Janviriya skated for Team USA on Saturday. Janviriya recorded an assist and was a plus-1 while Chambre made 19 saves in 41:53 of work between the pipes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Team USA scored just 1:01 into the contest, but Phillips responded on a 5-on-3 power play to even the score. Wilmer went across the crease with a pass to find Phillips on the left post, and after Chambre made a great pad save to deny the first chance, Phillips buried the rebound.
- The U18s then scored a shorthanded goal before adding two even-strength markers to take a 4-1 lead into the first intermission.
- Stevens cut the deficit to 4-2 at 6:15 of the second period when his off-angle attempt ricocheted a USA defender and into the back of the net.
- Team USA regained its three-goal edge, but Brown's last-second goal gave BU some momentum heading into the final frame.
- Skoog wasted no time in capitalizing on that momentum, scoring just 30 seconds into the third period. He stole the puck from a USA defender in the slot and quickly turned and fired a shot past Chambre.
- Hutson equalized just 1:23 later. He appeared to be circling around the USA net, but he stopped on a dime and cut back to the left post. His second effort on a wraparound attempt pushed the puck into the net.
- The teams remained level through the remainder of regulation, but a late BU penalty gave the U18s a 4-on-3 power play in overtime, and the Americans converted to steal the win.
- BU will return to Hockey East play next weekend when the Terriers travel to New Hampshire to begin a home-and-home series with UNH.
- Friday's tilt is scheduled for 7 p.m., before the teams return to Agganis Arena on Saturday at 6 p.m.