Tonight's 4-1 win at Merrimack, may be the best 60 minutes of hockey the team has played all year. BU came out guns blazing and Alex Chiasson was stopped on a break a way just seconds into the game. On the follow up chance, Matt Nieto was also stoned by MC goalie Joe Cannata. This really set the tone for the entire night.
"It was a real good effort for us in every phase. We played well right out of the gate and they never got a chance to get going.”- Jack Parker
With those two chances being confidently turned aside by Cannata, it looked as if it was going to be a hard night to score on Joey. Less than a minute later though, Chris Connolly changed that thought, as he beat Cannata between the legs, giving BU a 1-0 lead just 1:30 into the game.
BU dominated the first half of the opening period and at one point the shot counter read 10-2 in favor of the Terriers. BU could only muster that one goal, despite vastly outplaying Merrimack.
BU picked up a pair of four on four goals in the second period. The first came from Sahir Gill. Adam Clendening had the puck at the point, paused, and waited for space to open up, allowing him to deliver and NHL quality slap pass right on the tape of Gill's stick. Gill simply put his blade on the pass and redirected it past Cannata, doubling the Terrier lead.
Less than a minute later, Alex Chiasson potted his tenth goal of the season on a three on two rush. Chris Connolly found Chiasson on the far side. The Quebec native blasted home the pass through Cannata's out-stretched legs and into the bottom of the net. It was Chiasson’s 10th goal of the season.
Following BU's two quick goals, a large portion of the Merrimack student section emptied out, and the play on the ice became rather chippy.
BU took a 4-0 lead on Connolly's second of the night, a power play goal. Off the draw, Matt Nieto cut to the net, but no one picked up Connolly, who was all-alone in the slot. Connolly received the puck from Nieto and made a nifty backhand move to roof a shot over Cannata and into the top shelf. This was Connolly's fourth goal of the year, his second two-goal game of the season. On this goal, both Nieto and Connolly picked up their third point of the game, respectively.
Merrimack's Mike Collins scored with just 1:42 left, robbing Kieran Millan of a well-deserved shutout. Anyway, BU did what they had to do: pick up two points at Lawler Rink, something they have not done since 2009.
BU's next game is Monday night. Yes this is the Beanpot and BU will take on Harvard at 5:00 at the Garden.