Saturday, March 9, 2013

Terriers Double Up Huskies

BU celebrates after Jake Moscatel's first
goal as a Terrier.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

Tonight BU topped Northeastern 4-2 in front of 2,987 at Matthews Arena. All four lines found the score sheet for the Terriers and Sean Maguire made 31 saves including 10 in the third period for his 9th win of the season. 

After a slow start to the game that saw few opportunities for either teams, BU finally got on the board at 12:19 of the first. Jake Moscatel had an open net to Chris Rawlings' left and did not miss, as he potted his first goal in a Terrier uniform. Ryan Santana and Ahti Oksanen picked up the assist on the play. 

Moscatel had this to say about the goal: "To be honest I thought that the goal would've come a long time [ago]. I've been dreaming of being a BU hockey player my entire life." He later said "[Rosen] was the first guy leaning over... I think he was the happiest for me on the bench."

Minutes later, Wade Megan would put BU up a pair. He got a pass from Sahir Gill before skating in and releasing a shot from the middle of the near circle. Rawlings seemed to have made the save, but the puck snuck through his pads and before he could lean far enough back, the puck had slowly slid over the red line. It was Megan's 15th tally of the season.

Before the period could end and it was really close to ending at that, NU cut the lead in half. Cody Ferriero undressed Ryan Ruikka before tossing a shot past Maguire far side with just 1.9 seconds left in the stanza. The goal was unassisted and was Ferriero's 12th of the season.

Sean Maguire played a solid game
in his third straight start.
(photo by Matt Dresens)
The second period was scoreless, with NU having the best chance. A backhanded floater made it's way through traffic and drubbed off the crossbar before harmlessly falling into the corner.

The big news of the second was Garrett Noonan suffered a shoulder injury after taking a hit. He skated off the ice favoring his right shoulder and went right down the tunnel. He did not return and after the game, Jack Parker said he most likely will need season ending surgery to repair a separated shoulder.

BU opened up the game in the early stages of the third. Danny O'Regan capped off the prettiest goal of the evening. A great set up through traffic by Matt Nieto allowed O'regan to redirect the Long Beach native's pass by Rawlings for his 13th goal. Ryan Santana picked up the second assist on the play.
Matt Lane scores at the beginning of the third period.
(Photo by Robert Treiber)
Less than five minutes later, BU made it 4-1. Matt Lane hit Cason Hohmann, who was coming out of the penalty box with an indirect pass. Hohmann got the puck at the blue line and gave it back to Lane who was in the high slot. Lane then took it from there and did all the work. He was calm through the slot and when he had no options he carried the puck to the far side to open a shooting lane. From the low circle, Lane hit the water bottle and basically gave BU the game.

Adam Reid would score a rebound goal off a Cody Ferriero at the 7:28 marker, but that was the closest Northeastern would come to a comeback, as BU held the Huskies scoreless in the second half of the third.

The two teams will faceoff again tomorrow night in the final regular season game of the year. With a point tomorrow night, BU will clinch 5th place. They will need some help to get the final home ice seed (4th).

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