Monday, January 3, 2011

Tough Pill To Swallow

Last night BU and Notre Dame played their second game of the season against one another. In the previous meeting, BU upended the Irish 5-4 in the Icebreaker Championship game. Last night's game looked a lot different. 

Justin Courtnall put Notre Dame Senior Ryan Guentzel
through the glass midway into the second period. A 15
minute delay (as long as the intermission between
periods) took place after the hit. Glass was every
where, according to the radio broadcast and it took some
time to clean that up. Never mind the fact that they had
to get a new pane of glass.
Alex Chaisson was out last night with a knee contusion. It is still unknown if he will play this weekend at Vermont. BU was also without Charlie Coyle, who is still at the WJC. With that, BU played with only 11 forwards and the lines were all messed up. The Terriers showed that you do need your whole bench because in the third period they were vastly out played and out shot by the Irish who held a 20-7 shot advantage in the third frame alone.

BU surrendered two goals in the third period after leading 3-1 on goals from Joe Pereira, Adam Clendening, and Chris Connolly. UND cut the Terrier lead to 3-2 on a goal from Anders Lee. Then with BU on the power play, with just two minutes and change left, Sam Calabrese tied the game with a short handed goal. 

BU should have been given a penalty shot in the overtime, as Chris Connolly was slashed in the arm on a breakaway. There was no call on the play, not even a power play. 

Notre Dame won the shootout and took third place in the Shillelagh Tournament. The shootout is irrelevant to the teams record and will go in the books as a tie. 

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