Sunday, February 28, 2010

BU drops a close one, that no one saw

The only people to actually see this game happen were the people and players in side Gutterson Field hose.  Why might you ask? Well you should already know but, you should have bean watching the USA, Canada game! If you don't know by now, Canada won in overtime, when Sidny Crosby beat Ryan Miller to give Canada the gold.

Well back to the BU part of the afternoon.

BU got on the board firs, when Colby Cohen took a bomb from the blue line that beat Vermont goaltender, Rob Madore.

The Catamounts came back and tied it when Brayden Irwin got a feed from Drew MacKenzie on the power play.

BU would have the last say in the first and it also turned out to be their last goal of thegame. Luke Poko picked up a bouncing puck in the slot and through it on goal. Madore never saw it giving BU the 2-1 advantage headed into the locker room.

Vermont would get another power play goal, this coming off the stick of Colin Vock.

The Catamounts would take the game in the final minutes of the third when,  Josh Burrows beat Millin glove side with a wrist shot.  

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cats are all over BU

 Vermont gets three first period goals and never look's back 
Just 4:22 into the game Vermont took the lead, when Chris McCarthy took a rister that looked to o in but actually hit where the cross bar and the post meet. Before Millan new what happened, a waiting Josh Burrows pushed it in and the Cats where off and running.

Later in the first Vermont would up their lead to two, as Brayden Irwin found the puck in the slot and made a great move on Millan, where he was able to pull the puck back with his forehand and then go to his back hand and beat the flopping BU goaltender.

BU would cut the lead to one, after Zach Cohen popped in a rebound, giving him his 12 goal of the season.

Vermont, though, had an answer, when Brain Roloff took a shot that Millan made a poor play on, resulting in a huge rebound. Tobias Nelson-Roos was there to put it in. 3-1 Vermont after one.
Vermont, through some more gas on the fire, when John Higgins through a shot on Millan that looked to be a good stop. Turns out that the puck was still lose, Brett Leonard poked Millans glove and the puck slid over the goal line.  

BU on the power play, found some life, as David Warsofsky scored cutting the lead to 4-2. This was one of only two shots that Rob Madore saw the whole period. Vermont tallied a total of 21 shot on Millan in the second frame alone.

Roloff, found some spare lighter fluid and through that onto, when he pulled off a wrap a round.
Vinny Saponari would net the third and final goal for BU. This goal also came on the power play.
Vermont would fine the back of the net two more times and one came on a five on three man advantage and the other was an empty net goal.

With the loss, BU falls back to 14-14-3 and in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Hockey East standings.
As you can tell Parker was no to impressed with his team's effort

“The focus, the speed, the attention to detail, the physical play from the team in black as opposed to the team in white was like night and day,” Boston University head coach Jack Parker said. “ We weren’t ready to play, we masked it at times during the course of the game but in general, they out-fought us for every puck.”

BU and Vermont will sake again Sunday after noon at 3:00. The game can be seen on ESPNU. Just letting every one know that this is the same time as the gold medal game, USA vs. Canada, if you did not know that is very, very sad!!!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Weekend Preview: BU @ Vermont

Yet again, this weekend could decide the the fate of not only the Terriers but the team the are playing, this time BU will take on The University of Vermont for a pair of games up there. Do to Hockey East being such a tight race, BU will look to take two from the Catamounts and rocket them in to a posable tie for second with Boston College. Vermont on the other hand, sits in 9th and will look to move up and tie BU in the standings (24 points) by taking two games.

Looking at UVM
Though Vermont played well in the first half of the year the have cooled off and now sit in 9th in Hockey East and out of  a playoff position. They also have only won one of their last 8 games but have tied four of them including last Saturday night, as they skated to a 3-3 draw with UNH. Playing at home in both of the games will help but I think that BU is two hot right now and will not lose a game in this series.

The last time they met....
was in late November. The Catamounts got two quick goals in the first but then BU battled back to tie the game with about 3 minutes left. Corey Trivino was the one who scored the game tieing goal.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Flipping the script, Two 3rd period goals leads BU past Providence

Zack Cohen (photo) scores game winner

In a game full of questionable calls, last nigh Providence played spoiler to the Terrier two game win streak. BU was up 4-3 in the third when the refs started calling every little thing on both teams. it got to the point that Bu was on the PK for almost the entire third frame. PC got a 5-3 power play and when up 5-4, the final score. After the game Parker delivered his shortest press conference ever saying just “The story of that game was 12-6. That’s all I gotta say, boys.”

Tonight was a different story as BU came back to beat the Friars in the second to last home game of the regular season at Agganis Arena. PC goalie Alex Beaudry stopped 39 shots but he needed to make two more.

“I thought it was a great college hockey game and I would have been disappointed if we didn’t win because we played so great with 41 shots,” said BU coach Jack Parker. “I was really proud of how poised they kept it because the pressure was all on us. We had to win this game tonight to stay in the hunt for home ice and to feel good about ourselves.”

Both teams struggled through the opening frame and nether team could get on the board. The Terrier did manage 15 shots on goal, only setting the pase for the remainder of the game.

PC only had six shot on Millan in the first and they only needed one in the second as Mark Fayne took one hell of a rocket that Millan never saw. The goal came less then one minute in to the second. The Friars survived the period, despite having to kill off a BU 5-3 power play.

In the third the Terrier broke out. Andrew Glass scored his first goal of the season to give BU their first goal in over 46 minutes of play (including friday). Glass scored off his own rebound, he took a shot the Beaudry was able to kick away. The puck re-found Glass's stick and he found the back of the net.

With just less then six minutest left in the game BU took their first lead over PC since March of 2009. Max Nicastro was able to tea up a slaper that Zach Cohen tipped it in. It gave him his 12th goal of the season and more importantly gave BU the lead. “

"I try as much as possible to get in front of the net, and if I get a stick on it I get a stick on it, but mostly I’m just trying to get in front of the goalie,” said Cohen. “It was a nice play by Max (Nicastro) to find me. I was a little off tonight and wasn’t really in front, but I got a stick on it and it went in.”

The Terrier would hold on to the lead and win the game. With the win the move into fourth place, for now, which gives them a home ice in the Hockey East Playoffs. Northeastern plays Boston College tomorrow. BU is one point ahead of NU and only two points behind BC who is in second place. this is hard but I think I want BC to win this game.

USCHO recap and box score

Friday, February 19, 2010

Weekend preview: BU & Provedence

The Terrers come into this weekend as one of the hotest teams in the country and are on the move up in both the Pair Wise Rankings and the national polls. On the other hand PC has cooled of since they beat BU and Maine in the middle of January.

The Terriers will be without Corey Trivino for the weekend and likely the rest of the season.

If BU wins both games this weekend and BC and Maine lose theree game BU will be in second place in Hockey East

Facts on the Friars
PC, thiseason is 9-17-2 and are in dead last in the Hockey East standings, and they are 7 points behind Merrimack, who is in 9th place. PC, thought has beaten some strong teams, such as BU and Notre Dame. Goalie Alex Beaudry is one of the better goalies in the leag, but he will have to play out of his mined, like he did the last time the two teams met, to beat BU this time.

Tonights lines (2/19)

Zach Cohen - Nick Bonino - Alex Chiasson
Chris Connolly - Wade Megan - Vinny Saponari
Ross Gaudet - Luke Popko - Joe Pereira
Justin Courtnall - Kevin Gilroy - Ryan Santana

David Warsofsky - Eric Gryba
Sean Escobedo - Kevin Shattenkirk
Colby Cohen - Max Nicastro

Kieran Millan
Adam Kraus
Grant Rollheiser
The Last Time They Met...
was back on the 15th of January adn Provedence took the game 3-1.

In Other News
Chris Drury scored the game winning goal for the USA as they downed Norway 6-1 yeasterday in Olympic play.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One step back, Wednesday's injury report

Cory Trivino could miss the remainder of the season after slaming into the bards, hard, in BU's 5-2 win over Maine on Saturday. Parker first thought that it was a high ankle spran, but at a closer look it was upgraded to a  fractured right fibula.

Earlyer in that game Trivino scored his forth goal of the season and was also realy coming on as of late. The lost will hopefully not end the seconed half turn-a-round.

In other news
2010 recruit, Charlie Coyle, netted a hatrick, monday night, but his team, the Kings, fell in overtime 6-5 to Junior Bruins

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

At the polls

As of Monday, BU is ranked in the national polls for the first time in over three months. After taking two key game over Maine  they moved into 18 over all in  the countery. More importantly they moved from 27 in the Pair Wise Rankings (system fro picking the NCAA tournament) to a tie for 18th with Alaska.

If the season where to end today BU would be playing Umass at home in to Quarter finals of the Hockey East playoffs.

There was a huge artical on the late season suge, of BU on USCHO. You can read it here

In Other News
Matt Neito, a 2010 recruit, netted a hattrick and was named MVP for the six Nations tornament.

Sorry that i cpuld not wright a recap to the second Maine game I had to go places

Saturday, February 13, 2010

BU rocks Maine

Gaudet nets two in 7-4 win
 I a wild and crazy game that saw but teams combine for 11 goals BU had the upper hand through most of the night. I thought that it was the best all round game that Bu had played all season.

The Terriers dominated the first period and only four minutes into the game Ross Gaudet found the back of the net. He got the perfect pas from Joe Pereira on the far post and slid the puck past Maine goalie, Scott Darling.

The Terriers dominated to most of the second period as well. Gaudet would score his second goal of the night, after he got a nice pass from Colby Cohen. Gaudet would then skate in and rip a shat from a bad angle. The shot seamed to fool Darling and it hit the in side of the post and went in.

Later in the second Maine would get a pair of goals to tie the game. The first came form Joey Diamond, when he jammed home a Kevin Swallows shot. Less than three minutes later Maine would tie the game when David deKastrozza poked a bouncing puck past a sprawling Kieran Millan. Earlier in the year this would have killed BU but this year, as parker points out did not.

“I think this team is to the point that they don’t get down when somebody scores on them,” said BU head coach Jack Parker. “The best part about the night is we had answers every time.”
BU answer on the power play. Vinny Saponari, [picked up a rebound, from a Chris Connolly shot, then spun around and beat Darling to ive BU a 3-2 lead.

The Terrier were not don in the second, Nick Bonino would find twine, after making a Maine defenseman wonder where his jock when, did the same to Darling an BU had their two goal lead back.

Maine would answer though. Millan was forced to make some great saves but then Jeff Dimmen finaly beat him, once again slashing the lead to just one.

After that BU would take control of the third frame. Zach Cohen got the BU two goal lead back, when he jammed a rebound past Maine back up goalie Shawn Sirman. Less than a minute later the struggling Sirman wound let in perhaps the weakest goal in the history of college hockey. Colby Cohen got the puck off the face off and took a half hearted slapper that bounced and hit the post and went in.

BU was not done, David Warsofsky, who just came off the bench, teed up a slapper that found the top corner. Sirman was then down on the ice for several minutes after Zach Cohen incidentally kicked him in the head. It was believed that he suffered a concussion.

Maine would get one back, to make it 7-4 near the end of the third.

The two teams play again tonight. Game time 7:00

Friday, February 12, 2010

Weekend Preview: Maine @ BU, a bear to play in Parkers mined

Once again the Terriers come in to a weekend series with the fate of their season on the line. Currently BU is in 5th (18 pts) place in the HE standings and Maine is tied in 3rd (24 pts). If BU could some how slow the Black Bears down and take four points out of his weekend they would slide nicely into a home ice position in the playoffs.

“I thought they had a chance to be fighting for home ice,” Parker said after Wednesday’s practice. “I did not think they’d have a chance to win first place.”

Let's Look At Maine (I found their weakness)
Maine is looking to move up in the standings and try to get first place. The Black Bears can do that by winning both games this weekend and having UNH lose both of it's games. Maine might sound good and yes they are the #14 team in the country and have a 14-9-3 record, but they have only won three road games all season. They are just 3-7-1 on the road, compared to at home where Maine is 9-2-1. I think the key to beating Maine is: GET THEM ON THE ROAD!!!

The Last Time They Met...
was back in October in Maine. Ya, BU was not one of the two who upended Maine at home. BU fell 3-2 in a close one.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Last night on NESN Former Terriers and 1980 Olympic heros, Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, and Jack O'Callahan. The show was about the three and it was very interesting.

 Former BU standout, David Van Der Gulik, now playing in Abbotsfort B.C., scored the game winning goal in the 8th round of a shout out. His team, The Heat, where down 3-0 in one point during the game.
Full game recap

Last night Nashville recalled Collin Wilson from AHL Milwaukee. There, Wilson was named the AHL's Player of the Month fro January. He scored 12 goals and had 17 assists for a total of 29 points.

2010 recruits, Matt Nieto, Adam Clendeing, and team USA racked up 11 goals in their rout over Belarus. Nieto scored the 11th goal and Clendeing had an assist on the second goal.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Comeback is to little to late, Eagles take Pot

Terriers shatter in second frame

Last night BU looked like they where dead and gone, after one of their worst periods of the year. Boston College scored three goals, in the second, and that would prove to be BU's breaking point.

The Terriers struck first though, when BC defenseman Philip Samuelsson tried to make a break out pass. The puck was deflected and landed on Kevin Shattenkirk's stick. Shatt ripped a shot that beat John Muse's glove side to give BU a 1-0 lead.

At the end of the first BU to some costly penalties in which BC had a 5 on 3 advantage to start the second.

BU did manage to kill off the first penalty BU soon after BC scored a very fluky goal. Joe Whitney took a shot that never got of the ice. BU defenseman, Sean Escobedo went down to block the shot and the puck hit his stick and popped up over Millan and in.

Later in the frame Kevin Shattekirk had some real trouble getting it out of the zone. This lead to a costly turnover and Carl Sneep found it and blasted it in the far corner of the net.

With about five minutes left in the period, Chris Kreider scored a highlight real goal, for BC. As Kreider theft the penalty he got a pass from Jimmy Hays. He then made Max Nicastro and Kieran Millan both look really bad and gave BC a 3-1 lead.

The Eagles continued to carry the play, as they went up 4-1 with about 15 minutes left. The Terriers had begun to take chances and Barry Almeida took full advantage of this. He poked the puck past Shattenkirk and came down on a two on one. Almeida opted not to pass it and wristed it mast Millan, glove side. The game looked to be over at this point.

The Eagles look to really add to their lead when they had a power play with about 10 minutes left, but it was BU who shortened the lead. Zach Cohen made a great behind the back pass to David Warsofsky (photo) at the BC blue line. Warsofsky skated in on Muse and made a sweet backhand roof move to make the score 4-2. 

BC defenseman, Tommy Cross was called for cross checking late in the period. The Terrier pulled Millan to give them the 6-4 advantage. The move paid off when Colby Cohen found the puck in the crease and put it in the back of the net. 

It proved to be to little to late for BU as they fell back to below .500 with the loss. Next weekend they play a huge series with Maine which could decided the fate of both teams this season.

Even with the loss Parker was happy with the effort.
“I was real pleased with our team tonight. I was pleased with our goaltending. I was pleased with our overall team defense. I was pleased with our penalty kill. I really thought that every one of my guys kept working hard". 

This was the first loss in a tournament final since 2003, when they lost to UNH 1-0 in overtime in the Hockey East final.

In Other news 
Brandon Yip found the back of the net twice, last night against the St. Louis Blues. 

This time I am bragging!
I picked the exact score for the consolation game, 4-1 Northeastern over Harvard.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Game Day Preview: BU vs BC ---- Beanpot Final----

Tonight could be the most important game of the season for BU. They take on Boston College in the 58th Beanpot championship game. If BU could win they will most likely be back in the top 20 and more importantly will be in the top 20 in the PWR (Pair Wise Rankings), which determines the national tournament. The Terriers really helped them selves, by beating Lowell 3-2 on Friday night. With that win BU won the season series with Lowell and now are in 5th place in Hockey East.

Tonight Bu will also be looking to win their 30th Beanpot title. Thats way more then all the other schools combined.

Look for suddenly hot Kieran Millan to get the start in net for BU

The game can be seen on NESN starting at 7:30

 Bullets on BC
The Eagles are 15-8-2 on the season and have not lost since the 23rd (3-1 to Lowell). BC might have a better record this season, BU has been the better team when it comes to head to head. BU has taken the last two games, one being the Fenway game.

The Last Time They Met...
was back in January. The two teams traded goals and then in the second BU went up by two. BC came back and tied it, but in OT, Colby Cohen gave BU the win.

Uncalled For 

Beanpot Picks, Take Two
I'm not bragging, but last week I did pick the winners of both games. So he are this weeks picks
Consolation game: NU, 4-1 over Harvard
Championship Game: BU, 3-2 (ot) over BC

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Lowell falls short of BU

Two short handed goals lead BU to 3-2 win

Less than half a minute in to the firs Lowell grabbed a 1-0 lead as, Ben Holmstorm fond the back of the net for Lowell. Less that a minute later BU tie the game, when red hot, Ross Gaudet scored.

Later in the period, BU grabbed their first of two short handed goals. ZachCohen had a break a way and went for-hand back-hand on Hamilton and then roofed it giving BU a 2-1 lead.

David Warsofsky notched the second shorty for the Terriers as he also deaked Hamilton and then roofed it.

Lowell would get one back in the second, when Scott Campbell scored on the power play.

The story of the third was the Terrier D. Bu held the River Hawks to just two shots the whole period.

“I thought it was a great college hockey game and I thought we were as thorough as we been in a while on the defensive end,” said Terriers’ coach Jack Parker. “The fact we gave up only two shots in the third period is a testament of how focused we were and how competitive we were.”

BU will take on BC in the Beanpot final on Monday night. Game time 8:00

Friday, February 5, 2010

Game Day Preview:BU @ Lowell

People may be looking forward to Monday's Championship game, but tonight the Terriers play just an as important game tonight against Lowell. BU is in 6th place in the Hockey East standings and Lowell is in 5th. The River Hawks have 18 points and BU has 16, If the Terriers can win tonight BU will be tie in the HE standings and will have won the season series.

Expect Kieran Millan to get the start in net for BU

Looking At Lowell
In the early goings of the season, Lowell looked like they were going to be something special when they reached the Championship game of the Icebreaker tournament. the lost that game 4-3 to hots Nebraska Omaha. Lately Lowell has not bean great. After falling in another tournament championship game, this time against Northeastern on January 3rd, Lowell has only won three games since the break.

The Last Time The Met...
was back on Halloween weekend. It was part of a home in home series, Bu took the first game in a thriller ending on just another Colby Cohen bomb in overtime to give BU a 5-4 win. The next night was not the same BU fell to Lowell 3-2, which started a 4 game losing streak for BU.

In Other news (That is my photo. I took it at a Bruins game)
Former Terrier Ryan Whitney (photo) was added to the USA olympic team. Whitney played two season with BU (2002, 2003) and was the #5 pick in the draft from the Penguins. He now plays for the Anaheim Ducks.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Millan named Hockey East Player of the Week

Millan will share the spot with Merrimack goalie, Andrew Braithwait.

Kieran Millan stopped 39 shots last friday when BU beat Umass 6-2 at home. He also turned away 26 of 27 shots in the Beanpot first round, vs Northeastern.

In other news
Former Terrier stand out, Colin Wilson was named the AHL's player of the month for January. Wilson had 7 goals and 13 assists and a +5 rating. Last night, Wilson scored his 11th goal of the season, for  Milwaukee.

Another former Terrier, Brandon Yip scored his 7th and 8th goals of the season in a 5-1 win over the Blue Jackets. Click here to see goal 1, 2

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Looking back on last night

By now you probably know that BU beat Northeastern 2-1 in the opening round of the Beanpot, but they would where they are with out the help from Goalie, Kieran Millan and Defenseman Eric Gryba.

Millan, stopped all but one shot last nigh and the one he did let in he never saw it do to traffic in front. In total he made 26 saves but none bigger than the one with about 30 seconds left in the third frame. A Northeastern forward had the puck in a point blank position, he tried to roof it but and Millan through his glove up and deflected it wide and out of harms way.

Eric Gryba, last night could have played his best game ever with BU. In the third the Terriers found them selves two men short on a Husky power play. With Colby Cohen and David Warsofsky in the box Gryba played a full two minute shift. When he got off NU tied the game. There were other examples of this grit and strength from the assistant captain in the game. In the third period Gryba blocked at lest three or four Northeastern shots.

In Other News
Colby Cohen was named the Hockey East player for the month of January. Cohen had 6 goals  in the past month and now leads the team with ten goal on the season. He also leads the nation in goals scored by a defenseman. In total for January, Cohen had 10 points.

Chiasson nets game winner, Terriers upend Huskies in thriller

The stage is set, BU- BC final

In a game with not a lot of scoring, it was still very exciting. Through most of the game, senior Eric Gryba was playing his hart out. It was probably his best all-round game ever in a Terrier uniform. Back stopping the deffence was Kieran Millan (26 saves), who all of a sudden looks like he did for most of last season.

Photo of Terriers celebrating after the first goal

There were no goals in the first but the crowd was really into it and it was very loud. NU looked like they would take the lead, several times but Millan stop them all.

BU looked hot in the second and got their first lead of the night. Colby Cohen had the puck on what looked like the goal line. He fired off a slapper the some how snuck through Northeastern goalie, Chris Rawlings.

The Terriers, in the second had a lot of "grade A" chances but could never expand their lead.

In the Third both teams found them selves in penalty trouble. NU's Alex Tuckerman was called for a five minute major. BU did not score and with about 30 seconds left on the power play, David Warsofsky was called for contacted to the head, high sticking. As Warsofky was coming out of the box Northeastern's Kyle Kraemer wristed a shot on net, through a screen and Millan never saw it.

Later in the third, BU would take the lead for good when they had a two on Alex Chiasson and David Warsofsky broke into the zone and Chiasson looked like he was going to pass it. Instead,  Chiasson shot it and the puck again snuck through Rawlings.

Parkers Thaoughts after the game
“That,’’ said Parker, when reminded about his luncheon remarks, “was a great college hockey game.’’

"I think that we dodged a bullet tonight,’’ Parker said of last night’s triumph over the Huskies, who his team defeated in last year’s Beanpot final, 5-2, to capture its 29th overall Beanpot title. “These teams are real good hockey programs, Harvard and Northeastern. It’s not good overall [if it’s BC and BU]. People are getting tired of this _ people are tired of this. People are never tired of the BC-BU game. But you know who wants that? BC and BU. That’s who wants a BC-BU Beanpot final.’’

USCHO recap and box score
Boston Glob recap

Monday, February 1, 2010

Game Day Preview:BU vs NU-----Beanpot semis-----

Tonight the tradition continues in the Beanpot. Harvard will play Boston College in the first game and for the night cap BU will take on Northeastern.

Notes on NU
Northeastern on the season is 11-11-1 and are currently tied for 8th place in the Hockey East standings. Northeastern in the Beanpot has bean awful, winning only four titles, the Husky's have the fewest amount of championships. BU has met NU in the finals three times, in the past decade, 2002 2005 and 2009. BU won all three meeting but the 2005 game went to over time. There Chris Bourque dove across the goal mouth and slapped in the game winner. Video of the goal

The Beanpot website

The Last Time They Met...
was back on November 6th. NU won 1-0 and blanked the Terriers for the second time this season.

Beanpot Picks  
Game one: BC 5-1 over Harvard
Game two: BU 4-1 over Northeastern 
Consolation game: Northeastern 3-1 over Harvard
Championship game: BU 3-2 (ot) over BC