BOSTON - Sophomore Ty Gallagher collected a career-high four points and the trio of junior Luke Tuch, senior Jay O'Brien and junior Dylan Peterson combined for three goals and six assists to help lead the No. 4/5 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a 6-3 win over rival Boston College on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd at Agganis Arena.
BU (18-6-0, 12-4-0 HE) completed a 5-0-0 homestand thanks to six straight goals, beginning with O'Brien's strike with 0.4 seconds left in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The line of Tuch (1g, 2a), O'Brien (1g, 2a) and Peterson (1g, 2a) dominated BC (9-8-5, 5-5-4 HE) all night, with at least one of those three linemates factoring on all but one goal on Friday. Tuch and O'Brien were a plus-5 while Peterson was a plus-4.
Gallagher scored a career-high two goals and added two assists to lead BU with four points. He was also a plus-5, blocking two shots and generating six shots on goal. Freshman Jeremy Wilmer also lit the lamp, with classmates and linemates Quinn Hutson and Ryan Greene providing the assists. Freshman Lane Hutson secured two assists for the third straight game.
Junior Drew Commesso was excellent on Friday, making several big stops in both the first period and the third period as part of his 24-save performance.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BC scored a power-play goal 10:43 into the proceedings to take a 1-0 lead.
- Commesso made a tremendous save on Nikita Nesterenko's breakaway bid late in the first period to keep the deficit at one.
- That save proved to be huge, as O'Brien's buzzer-beater evened the score. Mitch Benson (26 saves) turned aside Gallagher's intital bid from the right point, but after a scramble in front, O'Brien pounced on the loose puck and slotted it home with the clock reading 00.0. After video review, the officials determined it was indeed a good goal.
- BU used that momentum to score twice in the second period, beginning with Wilmer picking the top right corner at the 6:48 mark.
- Peterson then beat Benson high to the glove side after he outworked the four Eagles surrounding him to get to a loose puck between the faceoff circles.
- Commesso made a tremendous left pad save early in the third to keep the Terriers ahead by three.
- Less than a minute after that stop, Gallagher made it 4-1 at the 3:32 mark. Tuch gathered the puck in the corner and then fired a perfect pass to the trailing Gallagher, who one-timed it past Benson.
- Gallagher then pushed the lead to 5-1 at 9:06 of the third. With Peterson setting a screen in front of Benson, Gallagher's wrister from the right circle found the back of the net.
- Tuch tacked on the Terriers' sixth goal with 5:27 remaining in regulation. He got the puck in his own zone and skated freely into the Eagles' end of the ice before uncorking a wrister past Henry Wilder (nine saves).
- BC got two goals back to cut the BU lead to 6-3 with 3:12 to play, but the Eagles never truly threatened to get any closer.
- The last two meetings between BU and BC at Agganis have both been 6-3 Terrier victories.
- The Terriers have scored six goals against BC in both games this season and in three of the last four editions of the Battle of Comm. Ave.
- BU has scored a goal in 11 straight periods dating back to the Terriers' win over Cornell on Jan. 14.
- The Terriers are averaging 5.28 goals per game in January en route to a 6-1-0 record this month.
- BU last lit the lamp in 10 straight periods in 2018, scoring in 14 straight stanzas from Jan. 19-Feb. 5.
- Tuch has scored a goal in three straight games and in four of his last five appearances.
- Lane Hutson extended his point streak to eight games and has recorded seven points (1g, 6a) in the last three tilts.
- O'Brien pushed his point streak to six games, including five points (1g, 4a) in the last two contests.
- Wilmer's point streak is now at four games, including four points (3g, 1a) in the last two games.
- BU blocked 20 shots on Friday, with junior Cade Webber leading the way with four.
- The Terriers outshot the Eagles, 41-27.
BU and BC will meet for the 290th time on Saturday in Chestnut Hill, with puck drop set for 7 p.m. on both NESN+ and ESPN+.