Monday, January 16, 2012

Weekend in Review: The Comeback Kids

Player of the Week
Finally, the Captain registered a goal.
For that, Chris Connolly is my player of
the week. His two goal night at Harvard
helped the Terriers battle back and win a
preview of the opening round of the
(photo by Matt Dresens)
This past weekend, BU picked up two more wins. They were not your typical two wins, though. Friday night at Northeastern, BU fell behind 2-0 after the first period. At the end of the second period they were leading the Huskies 3-2. Adam Clendening put the Terriers on the board half way through the period, and a minute later, Wade Megan tied the game. Evan Rodrigues added a power play goal to finish out the scoring in the second.

Megan notched his second of the game less than two minutes into the third, also on the power play. NU's Ludwig Karlsson cut the BU lead to 4-3 with about three minutes left, but BU hung on for the W. The obvious player of the game is Wade Megan: two goals, including the game winner, but if you really watched the game, you would have noticed that Ryan Santana, yes the fourth line winger, played a great game. He was all over the ice, breaking up NU shots and his hustle lead to BU's game tying goal. He went balls to the wall to pick up a loose puck behind Northeastern's net, and as he was falling, slid a pass over to Megan who slammed it past NU goalie Chris Rawlings.

Friday's game was a great hockey game to attend. It ranks right up there for best game of the year. There is nothing like a front row balcony seat at Matthew's Arena. Luckily, I was able to sneak into the front row midway through the first period. The balcony actual hangs over the glass and there is no view quite like it any where else in Hockey East.

Unfortunately, I was unable to make it over to Harvard Saturday night to catch BU's come from behind 4-3 overtime win. The reason I could not go was that I was at the Patriot's game. Anyway, from all accounts of the game, it sounds like BU was a bit lucky to come away with the win.

Harvard took a 1-0 lead, before Chris Connolly, finally scored his first goal of the season, to tie the game at one. Harvard picked up two more goals in the first, including one with just nine seconds left in the period. The Crimson took a 3-1 lead into the dressing room. After a scoreless second frame, BU battled back, scoring twice in the third stanza to tie the game. Connolly picked up his second of the night and Ben Rosen tied the game with about four minutes to play. In overtime, it was Garrett Noonan converting on an odd man rush for the Terriers, giving BU the win and continuing the Terrier win streak, which is now at three games.

At The Polls
BU moved up four slots from 6th to 2nd in the USCHO polls. Minnesota Duluth picked up all 50 first place votes. The top five looked as follows: Minnesota Duluth, Boston University, Boston College, Minnesota, and Ohio State.

USA Today had BU in the number three slot with a top five of Duluth, Minnesota, BU, BC and Ohio State.

Around Hockey East
Wednesday: New Hampshire blanked Providence 1-0 at Schneider Rink.

Friday: Merrimack topped Maine  6-2 at home... UMass shutout Boston College at home 4-0... Vermont upended Lowell, 3-2 in overtime... BU beat Northeastern 4-3 at Matthew's Arena.

Saturday: Merrimack and Maine skated to a 2-2 draw at Lawler Arena... BC snuck by Northeastern, 2-1 at Fenway Park... New Hampshire beat in-state rival, Dartmouth 4-1 at Thompson Arena, the Big Green's home rink... BU fought back to beat Harvard 4-3 in overtime at the Bright Center.

Sunday: Providence defeated Vermont 5-2 at Gutterson Field-House

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