Sunday, March 10, 2013

BU Blanks NU, Head to Playoffs as Three Seed

On a night that could have saw BU finish as high as two and as low ad six in the Hockey East standings, the Terriers wrapped up the three seed with a 5-0 win and some other results. A Lowell win over Providence secured the regular season title for the Riverhawks and it also set up a tie between BU and Providence for third. BU won the tie breaker with a 2-0-1 head to head recored against the Friars, giving BU the three seed and PC the four.
Sahir Gill posted his first multi goal game of the year.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

Danny O'Regan scored BU's first goal on the power play at 7:01 of the first. O'Regan redirected a shot/pass from Evan Rodrigues through Chris Rawlings' legs. Prior to the goal, BU had two full minutes of five on three and hit two posts. O'Regan's goal came on the latter stages of a five minute major on Dustin Darou for a brutal hit from behind on Wade Megan. 

Much like last night, the second period went scoreless.

Evan Rodrigues put BU up a pair just 1:12 into the third. O'Regan found Rodrigues in the slot from below the goal-line in the corner. Rodrigues grabbed the puck and in one motion flung a shot past Rawlings blocker side, good for his 12th goal of the year.

Halfway through the frame, BU erupted for two quick goals. Matt Nieto beat Rawlings five hole on a delayed penalty with the goalie pulled. O'Regan and Sean Escobedo picked up the assists. 38 second later, Sahir Gill scored on the pending power play. Matt Grezlcyk sprung him in on a semi break away, splitting two NU defenders at the blue line. Gill got tripped up (no call) and from his knees slid it through Rawling's legs. It was his eight goal of the year.

Less than four minutes later, Gill again found the back of the net. Matt Ronan sent a knuckling shot go from the top of the far circle in which Gill got his blade on, redirecting it past Rawlings and in. That was Ronan's first career point as a Terrier. 

Sean Maguire stopped all 25 shots he faced, taking his shutout total to three on the year.

As BU finished 3rd for the forth straight year, they will host Merrimack next weekend in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. 

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