Saturday, January 21, 2012

BU Drubs Providence

Tonight, BU hit the ground running and did something that they have not done all year; Score four goals in one period. They accomplished the feat in the first period and never looked back.
Terrier's Evan Rodrigues (26) and Matt Nieto (17) celebrate
BU's first goal scored by Sahir Gill (28).
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Sahir Gill opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game. A rebound was kicking around the crease and the Trace British Columba native was able to flip it over PC goalie Alex Beaudry, who was down and out of position.

Alex Chiasson picked up the eventual game winner at the 10:40 mark. As he skated over the blue line, carrying the puck into the attacking zone, he reared back and blasted a slapper past Beaudry. The PC goaltender got a piece of the shot, but not enough as it nicked off his stick and into the net. It was Chiasson's 7th goal of the season.

At the 13:23 mark, Ryan Santana scored one of the strangest goal I think I've ever seen. As he raced after a loose puck that was at the top of the circle in the PC zone, Beaudry -the goalie- also charged after it. Both Beaudry and Santana got tangled up and the puck hopped up and bounced into the vacant net.
Little over a minute later, Matt Nieto tipped Adam Clendening's shot from the point past PC goalie Justin Gates, who came in relief of Beaudry following the Santana goal.

Providence finally got on the scoreboard during a power play in the second frame. Shane Luke was the last person to touch the puck before it crossed the line, giving PC their lone goal of the night. Luke was able to, somehow, jam home the puck in a large scrum to Millan's left. It was Luke's first goal as a Friar.

BU added two power play goals in the third stanza to salt the game away. Alexx Peivitera picked up the first one, as his shot from the point made it's way through traffic, past Gates and into the bottom of the net. Garrett Noonan added the 6th and final BU goal at the 7:02 point in period three. Noonan taped in a loose rebound and pulled off the Jagr solute after the goal to the crowd's delight.

Adam Clendening was named the game's number one star for his four point night. Kieran Millan made 36 saves in the 6-1 victory. With the win, BU moves into sole possession of first place in Hockey East with 23 points. The Terriers, also are now in second in the ever changing PairWise rankings.

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