Saturday, December 10, 2011

BU Rolls Past Maine

Alexx Privitera scored his first collegiate
goal in the third period of last night's
5-1 win. It was one of four third period
goals for the Terriers.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
In their final game before the Holiday break, BU went up to Maine and did exactly what they needed to do: take two points from the Black Bears.

Before BU tacked on five unanswered goals, Maine struck first on the power play. Justin Courtnall was tossed from the game after he (apparently) hit a Maine player in the back of the head. Upon further examination, it really looked like it was a solid shoulder on shoulder hit by Cournall, but the refs did not see it that way and showed the Assistant Captain the gate. Maine, then went on a five minute power play. Mark Anthoine gave UMaine the lead with about three and a half minutes left on the man advantage. He took a pass from Kyle Beattie in the slot, where he was wide open. He used a BU defenseman as a screen and wristed one over Millan's shoulder and into the back of the net.

Brian Flynn was the culprit of a five minute major for Maine, while the Black Bears still were up a man. Off the face off following Anthoine's goal, Flynn dumped Wade Megan into the side-boards next to the BU bench from behind. Flynn was also kicked out, but BU did not score on the power play.

After carrying the five on five play throughout the first and most of the second period, BU finally got on the board in the closing minutes of the second on a 4 on 3 power play. With the puck bouncing around in the crease, many Terriers took their whacks at it, but it was Corey Trivino who got the final touch on the puck before it crossed the line, good for his 11 goal of the season. 

Maine held an early advantage in chances in period three, but it was BU who erupted for four third period goals, which led to the lopsided score in an otherwise closely fought game. 

BU took a 2-1 lead after Sahir Gill put his backhand on Adam Clendeing's point shot, tipping it past Maine goalie Dan Sullivan, who made 27 saves in a losing effort. BU started pouring it on towards the middle of the stanza. Clendening took a shot from the blue-line, it was deflected, and hit Sullivan, who could not control the knuckling puck. Trivino was denied on his first attempt to put home the loose puck, but his second effort forced it over the line, upping the BU lead to 3-1.

Freshman Defenseman, Alexx Privitera essentially put the game out of reach when he scored at the 14:08 mark of period three. He made a great move to get around a Maine defender and then tossed a backhander past Sullivan's blocker. It was Privitera's first career goal as a Terrier.

For good measure, Sahir Gill slid in an empty netter with about three and half minutes left. It was technically a shorthanded goal, BU's nation leading seventh shortie of the season. 

With the holiday break ahead of us, BU will be off until December 31st, when they travel out to South Bend, Indiana to take on Notre Dame in a huge non-conference showdown.

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