Boston University Comes Away With Close 4-3 Victory Over UMass Final, BU 4-3: BU is lucky Sahir Gill came away with that last goal, earning a close and exciting win over the UMass Minutemen. The Terriers take three out of four points in this home-and-home Hockey East series.

Third Period,0:18, BU 4-3:
If it weren’t for Gill, we’d have an exciting OT game on our hands. Junior D Michael Marcou gets one back for the Minutemen as he slaps one from the lane into the right corner of the net.

Third Period, 1:13, BU 4-2:
Toot Cahoon calls for a timeout with just over a minute to play in the game. Not sure what he’ll pull out in the final minute.

Third Period, 1:36, BU 4-2: Freshman Sahir Gill intercepts a UMass pass in the neutral zone and carries the puck in on Teglia. A quick deke helps him whip the puck around Teglia for the score and the 4-2 BU lead.

Third Period, 2:52, BU 3-2: Jack Parker calls a time out to give his team a rest before taking a faceoff in their defensive zone.

Third Period, 4:35, BU 3-2: The Terriers aren’t so much worried about scoring on their power play, as they are playing defensively. They limit their shots, and hold the puck behind their net for 10 seconds following a shot by the Minutemen.
Third Period, 6:01, BU 3-2:
The momentum may have caught up with the Minutemen just a bit. They’ve been called for a Too Many Men penalty, and will go on the penalty kill down by one.

Third Period, 9:45, BU 3-2: The Minutemen are not going down without a fight, they’ve been driving the net for several minutes, and it seems goaltender Jeff Teglia is feeling the momentum as well. He’s prevented the last three attempts by BU with incredible saves.

Third Period, 12:04, BU 3-2: A scrum in front of the BU net almost ties the game at three again, but the puck trickles just wide of the post, and BU again breathes a sigh of relief.

Third Period, 13:43, BU 3-2: Minutemen forward Michael Pereira (yes, they’re brothers) scores, but is called off sides, so it’s waved off. It was a close call, not so sure the refs made the right choice on that one. BU escapes a big threat there, but the momentum for the Minutemen is high.

Third Period, 16:21, BU 3-2: BU is back on the power play as UMass is called for boarding.

Third Period, 18:10, BU 3-2: This game isn’t over yet. Darren Rowe strikes with his second of the game early in the third period from the point. The puck somehow found its way through traffic into the back of the net. Millan never saw it until it was past him.

End of Second Period, BU 3-1: What a difference a period makes. BU entered the second down by one, but now holds a 3-1 lead over the Minutemen. Pereira definitely got his revenge scoring right out of the penalty box to give the Terriers a two-goal lead.

Second Period, 1:33, BU 3-1: BU deflates the Mullins Arena crowd as Pereira comes off the penalty for a 1-on-1 attack on Teglia. He collects from Connolly up the left side and slips the puck through the five-hole for the two-goal lead.

Second Period, 3:40, BU 2-1:
Minutemen earn a man-advantage after Joe Pereira is called for a penalty after colliding with Jeff Teglia on a drive toward net. Coyle came in with the puck and the shot, but Pereira collides with Teglia — who had come out to cut off Coyle’s angle. Pereira is called for charging.

Second Period, 6:30, BU 2-1: 
UMass gains some momentum in their offensive zone following back-to-back goals by the Terriers. Speed is their key to getting past BU, and they need to find that momentum again to get another one past Millan.

Second Period, 8:36, BU 2-1: The Terriers take the lead midway through the second as Andrew Glass finishes a give-and-go play with Ross Gaudet. His first goal of the season, Glass shoots high over the left shoulder of Teglia for the 2-1 Terriers lead.

Second Period, 13:53, 1-1: BU is back on the power play mere minutes after their PP score by Coyle. Freshman Branden Gracel is called for hooking.

Second Period, 15:53, 1-1: BU responds with a power play goal of their own. Screening Jeff Teglia in front of the net, Terriers forward Charlie Coyle tips in a shot from the point by Chris Connolly.

Second Period, 16:05, UMass 1-0: The Minutemen’s momentum is stunted by a power play opportunity for Boston University. Interference called on Chase Langeraap.

Second Period, 17:01, UMass 1-0:
Just as soon as BU gets a little momentum, UMass finds its’ speed and transitions into two consecutive shots on net by Branden Gracel. Luckily for BU, Millan was all over both saves.

Second Period, 19:00, UMass 1-0: Boston University attacks right away after they return to full strength. Adam Clendening finds Nieto with a cross ice pass, but Nieto couldn’t complete the one-timer quick enough, and his attempt bobbles wide.

End of First Period, UMass 1-0:
With 27 seconds left on Warsofsky’s penalty, the Minutemen head to the locker room with the lead, and the extra-man advantage when they return for the second.

First Period, 1:33, UMass 1-0: Minutemen back on the power play as Terriers assistant captain David Warsofsky is called for interference.

First Period, 1:58, UMass 1-0: Hard to believe this is Jeff Teglia’s second collegiate start for the Minutemen. Teglia just picked up two back-to-back saves, one from the point, followed by a rebound shot by Joe Pereira.

First Period, 3:51, UMass 1-0: Darren Rowe strikes with a power play goal giving UMass a 1-0 lead in the first. Rowe’s third goal of the season was roofed over Millan’s left shoulder from the right faceoff circle.

First Period, 4:35, 0-0: First power play opportunity for the Minutemen coming up after a delayed penalty. Terriers captain Joe Pereira heads to the penalty box for roughing.

First Period, 6:41, 0-0: Syner takes a deflection off a Teglia stick save end-to-end for a shot on Millan. It’s a hard shot from the left faceoff circle, but Millan is able to control it for the save. So far, the Minutemen and the Terriers are pretty evenly matched.

First Period, 11:12, 0-0: BU got a few shots off during the power play, including a picture-perfect setup by Matt Nieto — positioned behind the net– for Alex Chiasson just outside of the crease. Teglia made a fantastic save to keep BU off the board, and Kublin comes out for even strength hockey once again.

First Period, 13:51, 0-0: First power play opportunity for BU comes after a tripping call on UMass senior defender Doug Kublin. Following Kevin Gilroy up the left side, Kublin was called for tripping after Gilroy pulled up to shoot.

First Period, 15:02, 0-0: UMass broke up BU’s first legitimate play attempt, TJ Syner blocked a BU shot attempt and quickly carried the puck up ice and in on Millan. His shot was deflected wide by the junior goaltender. Speed is definitely one of UMass’ strong suit. 

First Period, 17:45, 0-0: Already a few big hits here tonight from both teams. They must be carrying some hostility from last week’s matchup at Agganis Arena. UMass is leading thus far in shots, but nothing substantial to test Millan. 

7:05 p.m.: Freshman Jeff Teglia is in net for the Minutemen in his second collegiate start. Captain and senior goaltender Paul Dainton is still sidelined with injury. Kieran Millan is starting in net for the terriers.

BU’s Charlie Coyle and UMass’ Rocco Carzo battle for the faceoff, and we’re underway in the home opener for the Minutemen.

7:00 p.m.: The Mullins Center is packed for the exciting matchup, as every point in Hockey East is important. As always, Hockey East is stacked with outstanding hockey talent, led by the 2010 National Champions, Boston College Eagles. The Terriers are currently ranked eighth in the country, but according to head coach Jack Parker, they need to play harder hockey to come out with a victory over UMass tonight.

“No dipsy doodling,” Parker says.

The Boston University Terriers and the UMass-Amherst Minutemen tied, 2-2, last Saturday in their first battle of a home-and-home series. On Friday, the two Hockey East rivals head to Mullins Center in Amherst in hopes of settling the score.

The trip to Amherst is BU’s first visit to an opposing rink this season, and it’s sure to be a heated matchup between two young and talented squads. Terriers’ netminder Kieran Millan posts a .907 career save percentage against the Minutemen, and posts a 2.75 goals-against average.

Juniors T.J. Syner, Michael Marcou, and sophomore Darren Rowe currently lead the Minutemen with three points apiece.

Keep up with all the live updates in NESN’s first broadcast of the exciting Hockey East action.