Saturday, March 20, 2010

Slow start kills BU

Game provides a carbon copy of the year

BU started the game much like they started the year, slow. Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead mid way through the first. Joey Diamond, picked up a louse puck in the middle of the right face-off dot and skated in on Millan, who tried to poke check the puck and misted. Diamiond, after avoiding the poke check, skated around a flopping Millan and pushed the puck over the goal line.

After killing of a Maine power play, the Terriers where flagged for another call. Maine's Brian Flynn took a wrist shot that Millan never saw and could have bean tipped. The puck found it's way to the net and the Black Bears where rolling.

“We’ve been talking about [penalties] all year,” said Parker. “We couldn’t get that out of our game. The best power play in the nation and we take a third of the game off killing penalties. It’s insanity.”
BU could not do any thing, in faked they only mustard five shots on goal the whole period, two coming on the short hand. Looking back this was kind of how the first half of the year. They lost the first two game, came back and beat Michigan and Lowell. Then BU went on a dreadful four game losing streak. Sounds a lot like the first period, right? A few good chances but not really any good ones.

In the second Maine grabbed the only goal of the frame not to long into they period. Robby Dee was able to walk right in on Millan and roof a back hander. Kevin Shattenkirk, who looked like the only BU player to show up in this game, let Dee just go right by him.

Despite the goal, BU did look a little better. Much like the middle of their season. Instead of losing game they were tying them

Kevin Shattenkirk picked up his last goal as a Terrier after he picked up a Nick Bonino rebound. This kind of sparked BU. Then the Terriers took some questionable calls, but looked to be more affective on the PK then Maine was on the power play.

This really showed after Vinny Saponari scored a short handed goal with about five minutes left to go. The original call on the play was no goal, but after maybe the longest review in history the ruling was over trued. BU was still short handed though.

Still BU looked to have the edge. Goal scorer, Vinny Saponari found Ross Gaudet who was all alone on a break a way. Maine goalie Dave Wilson flashed the right leg pad and stoned Gaudet. This was the Terriers last shot as 20 seconds later Maine's David deKastrozza golfed a wobbling puck into the top shelf.

Maine would also grab an empty net goal.

So like the season, BU came back strong but then did not have enough gas in the tank and died
Maine will play Boston Colege for the Hockey Easy championship later today.

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