Saturday, November 19, 2011

Statement Game

BU takes season series with 4-1 win.

The Terriers are now looking like they have started to click. They've reeled off three straight wins and have scored 13 goals in 3 games, including 8 this weekend.

After a sluggish first period which saw no scoring and no real good chances, BU grabbed the lead in the second. Wade Megan was attempting to rush into the UNH zone but the puck deflected up in the air, Megan jumped up, grabbed the puck, and skated into the Wildcat zone. From the bottom of the far circle, he let a shot go with basically no angle. Somehow, the puck found it's way into the goal behind UNH goalie Matt DiGirolamo's legs.

BU's Patrick  MacGregor fights though a sandwitch check
from UNH's Nick Sorkin (21) and Kevin Goumas (27)

The rest of the period, like period one, was a hard fought struggle.

UNH tied the game five minutes into the third. Trevor Van Riemsdyk buried a loose rebound past BU goalie Kieran Millan (33 saves) low glove side. It was Van Riemsdyk's first career goal as a Wildcat.

Two and half minutes later, the game changed completely. Max Nicastro took a pass from Chris Connolly at the point. The junior defenseman reared back and let go an absolute bomb of a slap shot that DiGirolamo simply never saw. The net exploded when the puck hit the twine and all 4,994 in attendance went nuts.

36 seconds later, Corey Trivino potted his eight goal of the year on a two on one. Connolly and Trivino broke in 2 on 1 after picking up a misplayed puck at the blue line. Connolly dished to Trivino and the puck wound up in the top corner of the UNH goal. The play was reviewed because it looked like the puck went off Trivino's skate and in, but there was no "distinct kicking motion" to over-turn the play and the goal stood. 

After BU killed off Evan Rodrigues' two minute hitting from behind penalty, Matt Nieto scored on an empty net from about 70 feet out. He was lucky it dribbled in because if it had gone wide, it would have been icing, allowing UNH a chance to set something up off the face off.

Following the win, BU moves into sole possession of third place in Hokey East with 11 points, two points behind second place Merrimack and 3 points behind first place Boston College. Both BC and MC did not pick up a single point in the league this weekend. The Mack was idle and BC lost it's lone game of the weekend to Notre Dame with 2.1 seconds left in overtime out in South Bend.

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