Saturday, March 5, 2011

Terriers Pick Up Another 1 Goal Victory, Clinch Home Ice

Terriers celebrate at the bench after
Sahir Gill (28) score the eventual game
 winning goal.
(Photo By Matt Dresens) 
Last night BU downed Northeastern in a penalty-filled game. In the process, BU was able to rap up home ice in the first round of the Hockey East Tournament.

BU had a golden chance to go up 1-0 early in the first frame, when Joe Pereira broke in on NU goalie Chris Rawlings (24 saves) on a short handed bid. Pereira was hooked from behind and was given a penalty shot. He made a decent move on Rawlings but the goaltender made the save.

BU would take the lead later in the period. Alex Chiasson tried a wrap-a-round to stuff it past Rawlings. Rawlings made the save but the rebound went to Corey Trivino behind the net. Trivino put it past Rawlings on the other side of the cage on another wrap-a-round.

The score would stay 1-0 heading into the second stanza, thanks in large part to both teams penalty kill's. It would be a theme all night.

NU would grab the lone goal in the second to tie the game. Cody Ferriero made a nice toe drag move on Garret Nooonan and in the same motion, ripped a shot low blocker side past Millan (39 saves).

In a third period chalk full of penalties, it was both team's special teams that came to play. BU's Adam Clendening and Northeastern's Randy Guzior both received 5 minute majors. Clendening for hitting from behind and Guzior for contact to the head.

NU's Jamie Oleksiak was called for a holding penalty which gave the Terriers a 2 minute power play. BU was able to grab the lead after Cory Trivino set up Max Nicastro for a one timer. Nicastro drilled it past Rawlings who never saw it because of a screen.

NU would score a short handed goal later on the BU power play. Wade MacLeod carried the puck into the BU zone and then found Steve Silva on the doorstep. Silva tipped it in, tying the game at two. As NU scored, BU was called for a penalty. In college hockey, the penalty must be served even if the team scores before the penalized team is able touch up.

That is exactly what happened. After Northeastern went on the man advantage, it was BU who got their shorthanded strike. Sean Escobedo made a heads up cross ice pass to a wide open Matt Nieto at the Husky blue line. Nieto and Sahir Gill broke in 2 on 0. Nieto dished to Gill at the top of the crease and Gill redirected the pass over Rawlings, giving BU the lead once again.

Kieran Millan played very well (again) and came up huge in the last two or so minutes.

The two teams will meet again tonight at Agganis Arena. With a win tonight and a UNH loss (vs BC), BU will finish with the second seed in the Hockey East Tournament. They can finish as low as 4th.

Video Highlights:


Prd Player               Team Min Offense              Time
1st Nieto, Matt          BU     2 HOOKING              04:28 PP
1st Reid, Brodie         NU     2 TRIPPING             05:13
1st MacLeod, Wade        NU     2 HOLDING              11:03 PP
1st MacGregor, Patrick   BU     2 HOOKING              16:51 PP
1st Nieto, Matt          BU     2 SLASHING             17:55 PP
1st Clendening, Adam     BU     2 ROUGHING             18:24
1st Silva, Steve         NU     2 ROUGHING             18:24
2nd Rosen, Ben           BU     2 TRIPPING             03:39 PP
2nd Bitetto, Anthony     NU     2 HOOKING              05:01 PP
2nd Quailer, Steve       NU     2 CROSS-CHECKING       11:52 PP
2nd Eibler, Luke         NU     2 HITTING AFTER WHISTL 16:16 PP
2nd Daniels, Drew        NU     2 HIGH STICKING        17:45 PP
3rd Coyle, Charlie       BU     2 ELBOWING             00:32 PP
3rd Nicastro, Max        BU     2 BOARDING             06:51
3rd Vermeersch, Garrett  NU     2 BOARDING             06:51
3rd Guzior, Randy        NU     5 CONTACT TO THE HEAD  06:51
3rd Guzior, Randy        NU    10 GAME MISCONDUCT      06:51
3rd Clendening, Adam     BU     5 HITTING FROM BEHIND  07:26
3rd Clendening, Adam     BU    10 GAME MISCONDUCT      07:26
3rd Noonan, Garrett      BU     2 HOLDING              07:34
3rd Silva, Steve         NU     2 ROUGHING             07:34
3rd Oleksiak, Jamie      NU     2 HOLDING              12:44 PP
3rd McNeely, Tyler       NU     2 HOLDING              13:48 PP
3rd Ruikka, Ryan         BU     2 SLASHING             15:05 PP
3rd Nieto, Matt          BU     2 HOOKING              18:56 PP

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