College hockey roundup: UMass blows out slumping BU

Michael Pereira had two goals and two assists and the University of Mass­achusetts routed slumping Boston University, 5-1, Friday night at the Mullins Center in Amherst.

The No. 11 Terriers (13-10-1, 10-7-1 Hockey East) dropped to 3-5-1 in their last nine games after squandering a chance to complete a season sweep of the Minutemen (10-12-2, 7-9-1).

UMass is only 11-52-5 all time against BU, but it was all Minutemen Friday night.


Pereira and Conor Allen set up Branden Gracel for the game’s first score, at 17:21 of the first period. Kevin Czepiel made it 2-0 at 18:30 of the second period and Pereira took over in the third.

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He assisted on Conor Sheary’s goal 5:16 into the final period then scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season, the second an unassisted shorthanded tally at 11:03 that put the game out of reach.

UMass’s top line of Pereira, Gracel, and Sheary had 8 of the Minutemen’s 14 points and has 31 in nine games.

Ben Rosen scored at 15:38 for BU to end the shutout bid by Kevin Boyle (19 saves).

The Terriers also announced before the game that freshman forward Wesley Myron has left school and will attempt to begin a professional career. Myron, 6 feet 2 inches and 188 pounds, was a sixth-round choice of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2012 NHL draft. He dressed for 21 games with the Terriers, finishing with two goals and an assist.


Maine 2, Providence 2 — Joey Diamond scored twice in the game's final 7:23, including the tying goal with three minutes left, helping the host Black Bears (7-14-5, 3-9-5 Hockey East) earn a tie against the Friars (10-10-5, 8-6-4). Mark Jankowski and Derek Army scored for Providence.

 Martin Ouelette made 31 saves for Maine, which was coming off a weekend sweep at then-No. 3 ranked Boston College.

Merrimack 1, UMass-Lowell 0 — Justin Hussar scored his third goal of the season at 7:40 of the third period and Sam Marotta made 25 saves to lift the host Warriors (11-10-5, 9-6-2 Hockey East) to the upset of the No. 13 River Hawks (14-8-2, 8-7-2).

The win gave coach Mark Dennehy his 100th win in his eight seasons at the helm.

Rensselaer 3, Harvard 0 — Raphael Girard made 23 saves for the Crimson (5-14-1, 3-12-0 ECAC), but the Engineers (9-11-5, 4-6-3) limited their guests to only 11 shots in the shutout. Harvard has lost seven straight since beating BU in overtime Jan. 9.


Quinnipiac 1, Brown 1 — Anthony Borelli made 38 saves to help the host Bears (7-9-5, 3-6-5 ECAC) earn a tie against the second-ranked Bobcats (18-3-4, 11-0-2). Brandon Pfeil scored for Brown at 13:01 of the second period and Connor Jones tied it 2:24 later.

Dartmouth 2, Union 2 — Cab Morris made 37 saves and Rick Pinkston scored with 4:55 left, rallying the 16th-ranked Big Green (11-7-3, 7-5-2 ECAC) to a tie against the No. 18 Dutchmen (13-8-5, 6-4-4) in Schenectady, N.Y.

Yale 4, Princeton 2 — Andrew Miller and Kenny Agostino each had a goal and an assist and the No. 8 Bulldogs (13-5-3, 9-4-1 ECAC) beat the visiting Tigers (7-9-4, 5-5-3).

Niagara 2, Bentley 1 — Branden Komm made 37 saves for the visiting Falcons (11-12-1, 9-8-1 Atlantic Hockey), but goals by Jeff Hannan and Chris Lochner were enough to give the 17th-ranked Purple Eagles (16-4-5, 15-1-2) the hard-earned win.

UConn 3, RIT 1 — Trevor Gerling had a goal and an assist and Matt Grogan made 34 saves to lift the visiting Huskies (11-11-3, 8-8-2 Atlantic Hockey) past the Tigers (8-12-5, 6-8-4).

AIC 2, Air Force 2 — Ben Meisner made 50 saves for the visiting Yellow Jackets (5-14-5, 2-11-5 Atlantic Hockey), but allowed a goal by Chad Demers with 2:51 remaining in a tie with the Falcons (11-9-6, 9-5-4).

Robert Morris 6, Sacred Heart 3 — Brendan Jamison and Andrew Blazek each had a goal and two assists as the host Colonials (13-9-2, 8-1-1 Atlantic Hockey) had little trouble keeping the Pioneers (0-23-2, 0-16-2) winless. Eric Delong had a goal and two assists for Sacred Heart.


Harvard 2, Dartmouth 2 — Jillian Dempsey had a goal and an assist for the third-ranked Crimson (17-2-2, 14-1-1 ECAC), but Lindsay Holdcroft had 41 saves to help the host Big Green (12-7-4, 7-6-3) come away with a tie.