Tonight BU did not play their best game. At times it looked like their worst, but in the end they did what they needed to do to win the game. Cason Hohmann not only scored the game winning goal in overtime, but he was one of the few bright spots for the Terriers all night.
Rensselaer took advantage of the the slow starting Terriers and had few good chances early in addition to out shooting BU 13-9 in the first. RPI grabbed the game's first goal at the exact half way point of period one. Ryan Haggerty beat Sean Maguire (27 saves) right off a faceoff in the BU end. It was the first goal Maguire ever allowed at Agganis Arena.
|BU celebrates after Ryan Santana scores in the first Period|
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Throughout the first and from there on, Maguire played very well. He made some really key saves in the early stages of the game that made up for some of the poor play BU demonstrated.
After creating a few good scoring chances, none more obvious than Hohmann's opportunity on a rebound in which he had the entire top of the net only to toss the puck back into Bryce Merriman (38 saves), who was lying flat in his back the, The Terriers saw RPI take a 2-1. CJ Lee corralled a loose puck in the mid slot, spun around, and beat Maguire blocker side. The assists went to Mark McGowan and Luke Curadi.
Merriman was leaving huge rebounds all night and BU, for some reason, was not able to bang home pucks that were really just sitting in the crease, waiting to be shoved into the net. Finally, Sahir Gill put home one of those rebounds, little over five minutes into the third. Garrett Noonan cut to the net and threw a shot on goal. The puck pin-balled around the slot before Gill deposited the puck into the back of the net. It was his third goal of the year.
BU looked much better in the third period, but the power play was still mind-bogglingly poor and was down right frustrating to watch. Meanwhile, Maguire and Merriman held the fort and the game went to overtime.
Seconds in to the free hockey session, RPI nearly won it and if not for Maguire's split save. Thankfully for BU, he did make the save and at 2:56 of OT, Cason Hohmann scored his fifth of the year and handed the Terriers their 11th win. Hohmann and Matt Nieto had a two on one break into the RPI zone. Nieto was well defended leaving Homhann's only option the shot. Hohmann had time to pick his spot and that he did, as he torched Merriman high glove side on a ridiculous snipe.
To the left is the frame by frame of the overtime winning goal.