Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published November 03 2012
Boston University rallies for win over UNDGRAND FORKS – The University of North Dakota doesn’t lose at home often.
And certainly not in the way it happened Saturday night.
Boston University scored three times in the final six minutes of the game to turn a one-goal deficit into a 4-2 victory in front of 11,977 in men’s hockey at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
It snapped UND’s
11-game home unbeaten streak dating back 10 months to mid-January, and it was the first time UND blew a third-period lead at home since the 2009-10 season.
“I think it was just kind of us mentally breaking down a little bit,” said UND junior Corban Knight, who notched his 100th career point on an assist in the second period. “We got sloppy there and took our foot off the gas pedal. They made some nice plays and were able to capitalize there.”
BU forward Matt Nieto scored on a snap shot from the top of the circle to tie the game with 5 minutes, 21 seconds left. Matt Lane took advantage of a wide defensive gap to score on a snap shot with 1:50 left, and Danny O’Regan stole a pick from UND defender Nick Mattson and scored just 11 seconds later to ice the Terriers’ first win ever in Grand Forks.
“I thought they played better than us last night, and I thought we played better than them tonight,” Boston University coach Jack Parker said. “In both games, that was reflected in the score.”
UND hadn’t lost in Ralph Engelstad Arena since a 6-2 defeat against Minnesota on Jan. 14. Since then, it went 9-0-2. It looked like UND was poised to add to that streak, leading 2-1 in the waning minutes of Saturday night’s game.
Stephane Pattyn scored the game’s first goal on a fluky play. His snap shot from the top of the circle went high over the net, but the puck bounced off the end wall and to the crease area, where BU freshman goalie Matt O’Connor inadvertently kicked it in his own net.
FIRST PERIOD: 1, UND, Pattyn 5:47.
SECOND PERIOD: 2, B, Megan (Grzelcyk, Hohmann) :42. 3, UND, Kristo (Knight) 9:29.
THIRD PERIOD: 4, B, Nieto (O’Regan, Escobedo) 14:39. 5, B, Lane (Privitera, Escobedo) 18:10. 6, B, O’Regan 18:21.
SAVES: B, O’Connor 10-4-12–26. UND, Gothberg 12-13-4–29.
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Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald