Friday, January 18, 2013

Terriers Comeback, Then Fall Late To Huskies

Braden Pimm grabs BU's Mike Moran by the leg in the
first period. Throughout the night, both teams played a very
scrappy game
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
BU came out and played maybe their worst two periods of hockey all season. Nothing and when I say not, nothing was working for BU early on. Northeastern struck first on a really flukey goal that only made things worse. Robbie Vrolyk fired a shot on Sean Maguire (32 saves) that the Powell River native stopped with his blocker. The rebound deflected about 10 feat in the air above the BU net. Maguire had no clue where the puck was until it fell behind him and into the net. It was one of the stranger goals I have seen.

After a horrendous power play, the Terriers were able to right the ship on the man advantage at the 4:21 marker of the first. Evan Rodrigues found Danny O'Regan at the low crease. From there, O'Regan was able to feed a pass over to Matt Nieto through a sliding NU defender. Nieto buried O'Regan's pass to tie the game. 

27 seconds later, BU took the lead on another power play. Cason Hohmann set up Garrett Noonan for his fourth goal of the season. Noonan got Hohmann's pass in the slot and wasted no time riffling it past Chris Rawlings out stretched blocker. 

NU tured the tables on BU late in the period, scoring two quick goals of their own. First Adam Reid potted his second goal of the year at the 17:26 marker of the first. Then just 31 seconds later, Kevin Roy took advantage of a horrible turnover by Ahti Oksanen right in front of his net. Roy deposited the loose puck into the back of the net after lifting a shot over Maguire's glove. Sean was hung out to dry on this goal.

Northeastern upped their lead to 4-2 on a five on three power play in the second. Braden Pimm had the final whack at a loose puck in the crease that seemed like slow motion when it eventually crossed the line. 

With less than five minutes to play in the frame, Cody Ferriero scored a highlight reel goal to put the Huskies up three. He undressed Alexx Privitera, who did all he could to slow down the NU forward before Ferriero roofed a shot from in tight to cap off the play. 

BU struck less than a minute into the third. Evan Rodrigues was able to corral a bouncing puck at the top of the slot. From there, he turned and torched Rawlings with a quick release wrist shot to cut the NU lead to two goals.

Less than five minutes later, Rodrigues again found the back of the net. Garrett Noonan sent a slap shot off the cross bar causing the puck to deflect off Rawlings back and into the low crease. That is where Rodrigues was drilled from behind, but in the process put both himself and the puck into the goal to make it a one goal game with more than 15 minutes to play.

Less than two minutes after E-Rod scored his second, Danny O'Regan tied the game on the power play. A shot from Rodrigues pin-balled around the low slot and eventually it hit O'Regan before winding up in the goal. The goal was originally given to Garrett Noonan who looked to have gotten the last touch before the puck went in the net. 

BU had some chances to take the lead as the period wore on, but at 17:57 former Terrier Vinny Saponari helped quite the house as he found the back of the net off a Keven Roy rebound. It was Vinny's second game winning goal against BU in as many games. This loss also marks the first time in 14 season BU has lost back to back games to the Huskies. 

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