Friday, December 4, 2009

BU comes back again and ties Vermont

Tonight the Terriers once again came back from two goals down to tie Vermont. This was the Terriers fourth straight overtime game in a row, the first time in the 89 year history of the Terriers have played in four straight overtime games.

Chris Connolly, Eric Gryba, and Cory Trivino scored for the Terriers.

The first period was a recap of exactly what has happened to the Terriers this season. BU will outplay the opponent for most of the period. Then the Terrier attack will have a lull and the opponent, whoever it is will score. After that BU will then look lost and most times will give up a weak goal and be down two nothing.

That is exactly what happened tonight. Bu outshot UVM 13-6 in the first period. Colin Vock of Vermont showed great skill as he drew defenders toward him and took a weak shot on net that BU goaltender Grant Rollheiser kicked to a wide open Chris McCarthy who tapped it in. The next shift was the Terrier lull. Vermont forward David Pacan picked a conner on Rolleiser from about 20 feet out. It took only 20 seconds for the Catamounts to lead the Terrier 2-0.

During a 4 on 4 in the second BU came within one when Cory Trivino who found Vinny Saponari open  on the left side. Saponari then made a great pass over to assistant captain Eric Gryba who was for maybe the first time in a Terrier uniform on the left post for a tap in goal.

Four minutes later the Terriers found them-selves down two again. Wahsontiio Stacey scored one a rebound. Stacey found the puck and had a tuff angle shot that banked of Rolleiser's pads and into the net.

BU made it a one goal game again before the end of the frame when Kevin Gilroy dished the puck to Wade Megan who fought with a defender in the left wing  circle. Megan got free and found Ross Gaudet for yet another tap in goal. This was Gaudet's third goal of the season.

In the Third and in overtime is when the Terrier took over the game. Before we get to the overtime Cory Trivino tided the game when he found the puck in a scrum in front of the net. When he first got the puck Trivino tried to roof it but instead the puck hit Vermont goaltender Rod Madore and went into the side of the net.

With about 20 seconds left in the third the Terriers Colby Cohen took a bomb the look to go in but the play was reviewed and the puck did not go in but instead hi the post.

In overtime the Terrier had by far the better chances to win the game including a power play. But the best chance was when BU forward Joe Pereira broke in on Madore and nailed the cross bar. With about five seconds left Vermont had the puck in the terrier zone. BU was able to catch UVM deep in their zone and spring Nick Bonino on a brake-a-way but before he crossed center ice the clock ran out on the Terriers.

Boston Hockey Blog recap
Boston Herald recap  
Terrier Hockey Fan Blog recap
USCHO recap and box score
WTBU recap

Terrier head coach Jack Parker was still not happy with the way the Terriers played, as you can tell from the comments.
“On paper, it looks like it’s an okay game for us, We attempt 81 shots to their 42 — shots on target almost two to one. But in reality, it’s just covering up that we aren’t a hungry hockey team. We think it’s okay to just come out and see what’s going to happen. Huge points on the line tonight, and we were so far away from being ready to play that it’s brutal."
“We might as well have been in a pickup game at the Boston Skating Club, My team does not know how to get ready for a game. They hope the other team will suck. Or they think they’re all set because they just got a win and a tie over Thanksgiving break. We continually spot teams goals in the first period. In general, it was what we call a masked performance. It looked okay. A couple of our big guns absolutely stunk the house out.” 


  1. How about some Game Grades for each part of the team....? like Offense B...Goaltending A