BU tops UM, 3-2

For The Recorder
Friday, February 02, 2018

AMHERST — For the second straight Friday, UMass played well enough to earn points but came away empty-handed.

The Minutemen couldn’t take advantage of its energetic start and early chances allowing Boston University to make the most of its opportunities as UMass fell, 3-2, at the Mullins Center.

UMass is at New Hampshire tonight at 7. The Minutemen (11-15-1, 5-11-1 Hockey East) and Terriers (14-11-2, 10-7-2) will play again Friday in Boston.

The Minutemen outshot BU, 16-9 in the first period forcing Jake Oettinger to make some difficult saves early, but it was BU who scored the only goal of the period. Shortly after coming out of the penalty box, Brandon Hickey jumped into the rush on a break in and beat Matt Murray to make it 1-0 with 5:17 left in the frame.

The Minutemen tied the game 33 seconds into the middle period. On the power play, Mario Ferraro fed Mitchell Chaffee in the right wing corner, who one-touched it to Johnny Leonard in the slot. The freshman from Amherst slung a wrist shot by Oettinger to make it 1-1.

UMass appeared to have a lead with 12:21 left in the second period, but Jake Horton’s goal was called back for goalie interference. Carvel disagreed with the call and thought it changed the game.

But Greenway, who is playing in his final two games before joining Team USA for the Olympics, found the back of the net with 5:43 left in the second.

The back-breaker came with 12:32 left in third period. Murray (36 saves) got a clear look at Shane Bowers shot from the left wing faceoff circle, but the puck got through his legs to make it 3-1.

Niko Rufo cut the deficit to 3-2 with 7:56 left. Amid chaos in front of Oettinger, he pulled the puck out and then poked it through traffic. But UMass couldn’t produce the equalizer.