Boston U, North Dakota tie 3-3
BOSTON (AP) – Boston University goalie Matt O’Connor made a career-high 55 saves as the Terriers skated away with a 3-3 tie with No. 15 North Dakota on Saturday.
O’Connor was the key to the weekend for the Terriers (6-6-1), who earned a win and draw with UND (4-6-2). O’Connor turned away 37 shots in Friday’s 3-1 win.
North Dakota put 58 shots on goal, but O’Connor was beaten just three times.
“Tonight you can take the shots on goal and that will tell you how the game was all the way through. Our guys played well,” North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol said. “We played a little desperate tonight. Hopefully this is a sign . that we’re heading in the right direction.”
When the goals did come, they came in quickly.
Garrett Noonan put the Terriers on top with a power-play goal at 6:57 of the first period. But Bryn Chyzyk answered with a score.
Noonan said he wasn’t surprised UND answered the early goal.
“We knew they were going to be desperate tonight after losing last night,” Noonan said.
BU had three power plays in the period, the first coming just 12 seconds into the game when Stephane Pattyn charged into BU goalie Matt O’Connor.
“That’s one that I’m not that upset about, going hard to the net that early in the game,” Hakstol said. “We carried that type of intensity through the 65 minutes.”
The teams traded quick goals again in the second period when BU scored and UND answered seconds later.
Nick Roberto skated down the slot and took a pass from behind the net to score at 6:59. North Dakota got a goal from Pattyn the same way 14 seconds later.
UND took its first lead of the game in the third period, but it was short lived.
Adam Tambellini set up low to O’Connor’s left on UND’s fifth power play of the game and waited. Brendan O’Donnell skated in with the puck and drew the defenders his way before firing a pass through the crease to Tambellini, who scored fading away from the net at 6:45.
Three minutes later, Robbie Baillargeon tied it on a fluke goal. Evan Rodriquez rushed up ice and tried a centering pass that deflected back to Baillargeon on his right and a wide-open net in front at 10:03.
Matt Lane assisted on two goals.
UND goalie Zane Gothberg made 28 saves, including four in overtime.
“The challenge is to really know what we are,” Hakstol said of his struggling team. “It’s not a time for us right now to start looking at the standings or anything else. We have to take care of ourselves.”