Shots on Goal: BU tops top-ranked University of New Hampshire
For the second time in seven days Boston University toppled the No.1-ranked team in the country after posting a 3-2 win over the University of New Hampshire, and this time InGoal photographer Scott Slingsby was on hand to capture the action.
Boston University, which beat former No.1 and long-time rival Boston College 4-2 back on Nov. 30, got their latest big win with freshman goaltender Matt O’Connor making 31 saves to post his seventh victory (7-3-0) of the season.
UNH entered the game on an eight game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) but was unable to find their rhythm in the first period, allowing BU to jump on the scoreboard first when Wade Meegan stuffed a loose puck in the crease past sophomore netminder Casey DeSmith.
The Terriers extended their lead to 3-0 in second frame with goals from Sahir Gill and Sam Kurker. Gill and Cason Hohmann had a 2 on 1 breakaway with Hohmann carrying the puck up ice. Hohmann slid a pass to Gill who chipped in a close range backhander past DeSmith at 4:01.
Just over four minutes later BU struck again when Ahti Oksanen sent a shot high over the net that bounced right back to the slot where Kurker was waiting to stuff it between DeSmith’s pads for the eventual game winner.
UNH capitalized on one of four second period powerplays to make the score 3-1 when Nick Sorkin send a pass across the crease to junior Kevin Goumas who sent a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle past O’Connor.
The Wildcats pulled to within one goal at the 11:53 mark of the third frame when John Henrion cleaned up a rebound from a Justin Agosta shot to make it 3-2.
New Hampshire pulled DeSmith for the final 1:26 but UNH were unable to capitalize with the extra skater.
DeSmith (10-2-2) finished the night with 24 saves. Earlier in the week he was named Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for November. UNH goes into the Christmas break 11-2-2 overall and 8-2-1 in Hockey East. BU improves to 9-5-0, 7-4-0.