Saturday, January 12, 2013

BU Beats Merrimack 4-1

After a relatively slow start for the Terriers that saw Merrimack carry the play in the opening few minutes , Wade Megan put BU on the board shorthanded. 

Megan skated the puck into the MC zone and just after crossing over the blue line flipped the puck over a defender's stick and cut to the middle. Megan then corralled the bounding puck and was able to get a shot off. Hist wrist shot deflected off the shaft of the defenders stick, changing directions and fooling Merrimack goalie Rasmus Tirronen, who helplessly watched the puck flutter into the back of the net. It was Megan's second goal in as many games and his 11th on the season. 
Casson Hohmann leads a rush into the Merrimack zone
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Sean Maguire stood tall for the remainder of the frame and BU took the 1-0 lead into the dressing room.

A quality shift by the second line seemed to really spark the Terriers and BU took off in the second period. Less than five minutes into the period, BU doubled their lead. 

Alexx Privitera, who has been in the doghouse the last few games helped set up one of the prettiest goals of the year. He was stationed at the near point with Merrimack forward fright in his face. Privitera wound up as to take a big time slap-shot. The MC defender went down on one knee to attempt to block the shot. Privitera calmly faked the shot and stepped around the MC player before sliding a pass over to Sahir Gil,l who was all alone in the bottom of the slot. Gill one touched the pass into a wide open net to give BU a 2-0 lead. 

Later in the period, Cason Hohmann finished off another nice passing play. Wade Megan and Hohmann had a partial two on one and Megan dished to Hohmann who was in the slot. Hohmann got a stick on the pass and redirected it between Tirronen's legs. It was Hohmann's 6th goal of the year. 

Matt Nieto made it 4-0 midway through the third Danny O'Regan and Evan Rodrigues both made some nifty cross slot passes to set up Nieto, who slammed home Rodrigues' pass into the bottom of the net. Tirronen had no chance. 

Merrimack's Kyle Bigos scores in the
third period.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Merrimack finally broke up Maguire's shutout bid with about seven minutes left. Kyle Bigos found twine with a slap-shot that made its way through traffic, past maguire and into the net. 

Bigos and Sam Kruker got into a heated scrum in the closing minutes of the game. It was the closets thing to an actually fight in college hockey. Both were only sent to the host for two minutes and both will be allowed to play in their next respected games, as no putches were thrown. Just some very aggressive face washes that left Bigos helmet-less at one point.

In all, it was a solid win. Maguire looked very solid, making some really clutch saves. In total, he stopped 37 shots. 

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