Men’s Hockey: BU Salvages Split With Michigan, Wins 4-2

By: Jake Reiser

After being shut out by the No. 18 University of Michigan Wolverines the night before, the No. 4 Boston University Terriers stepped onto the ice at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. looking to salvage the weekend with a series split. Despite giving up a goal less than three minutes into the game, the Terriers powered their way to a victory with a three goal third period, taking Saturday’s match, 4-2.

The Wolverines got on the board early, spoiling what BU had hoped to be a strong start. After an errant turnover by the Terriers, Gary Sanchez held the puck below the goal line, centered it to Brendan Warren, whose one timer easily got past freshman netminder Jake Oettinger to give Michigan the 1-0 lead.

That score would hold for the rest of the first period, until at 5:28, Boston University tallied its first goal of the weekend. Patrick Harper kept the puck in the offensive zone at the blue line while Dante Fabbro pinched down the right wing wall. Fabbro took a pass from Harper and flung the puck over Michigan goalie Jack LaFontaine’s shoulder, evening the score at 1. BU thought it had a lead with 1:44 left in the second, as Bobo Carpenter tipped a Doyle Somerby shot past LaFontaine, but the referees deemed it was touched with a high stick, keeping the score 1-1.

With 10:56 left in the game, Jordan Greenway kept the puck in the corner to the right of LaFontaine, walked out with it and centered the biscuit to Charlie McAvoy, one-timing his first goal of the season. Just 1:19 after that, Dexter Dancs flicked a puck from a sharp angle that tricked through the Terrier defense and Oettinger, re-tying the game at 2. A little over two minutes after that, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson danced around Sam Piazza skating down the right side, took a shot on LaFontaine and Greenway crashed the net, backhanding the rebound into the top of the net, giving BU the lead for good. Patrick Harper added an insurance goal when he tipped a Carpenter shot from the point over the goal line.

With the road trip complete, the Terriers come back to Hockey East play with a home-and-home series next weekend vs the University of Connecticut Huskies. They start Friday at the XL Center in Hartford before playing at Agganis Arena on Saturday.

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