Monday, November 21, 2011

... Four Points Later

Corey Trivino is my player of the 
week. He had two goals in two games
to go along with first star honors in 
Friday's game against Vermont. Trivino
now has 8 goals and four assists on 
the year. Corey has already matched
his goal total for last season in just 10
games. He played 37 games last year.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
BU did exactly what they needed to do this weekend. They picked up a pair of wins and gained four valuable points in the Hockey East standings. It was especially important to win both games because both Merrimack and Boston College, the two teams in front of BU, did not play a league game all weekend.

Friday night, BU again played down to their competition's level. They let one win Vermont hang around the whole game and never really put them away. To be honest, BU was a little bit lucky to come away with a win. Following Garrett Noonan's power play goal late in the second period, the Terriers relaxed and Vermont carried the play for most of the third period. The Catamounts pulled within one goal with about four minutes to play, but BU hung on and weathered a fierce UVM barrage at the conclusion of the game.

Saturday was a completely different game. New Hampshire and BU slogged through a o-o first period. Both teams created relatively few chances and I really got the feeling that whichever team scored first would eventually win. Low and behold, BU's Wade Megan broke the deadlock in the second and the Terriers won. Although it was not the winning goal, it added some much needed action to an otherwise slow game.

Saturday's games took a sharp turn from a rather boring game to a very intense third period when UNH's Trevor Van Riemsdyk tied it 1-1 five minutes into the period. Two and half minutes latter, BU exploded for two goals in 36 seconds. First, Max Nicastro unloaded a wicked slapper that found the back of the net. Little over half a minute later, Corey Trivino put home a Chris Connolly pass on a two on one.

Instead of holding on for dear life in the final minutes, BU allowed very few grade A scoring chances and Matt Nieto sealed the game with an empty net goal in the final minute.

At The Polls
BU moved up one place in the USCHO poll from 16th to 15th. Merrimack became the new Number One by default. Previous Number One Minnesota lost and dropped to third. Notre Dame was second, while Colorado College and Boston College rounded out the top five. It is the first time in program history MC has been ranked #1.

Again, BU was left out of the USA Today ranking.

I have BU at 12th in my poll.

PairWise... It's still to early.

Around Hockey East
Friday Night: Northeastern skated past Providence 5-2 at Schneider Rink... Maine and UMass skated to a 2-2 tie at the Mullins Center... New Hampshire shut out Lowell 5-0 on the road... BU slipped by Vermont 4-3... Notre Dame topped Boston College 3-2 with 2.1 seconds left in overtime in South Bend.

Saturday Night: Lowell blanked UMass 4-0 at home... Northeastern got past Vermont 4-1... BU beat New Hampshire 4-1 at home.

Kieran Millan was named Hockey East defensive player of the week for his efforts in BU's 4-1 victory over UNH. Millan stopped 33 of 34 shots he faced. BU was also named Hockey East's team of the week.

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