Sunday, October 27, 2013

Same Story, Different Night

For the second night in a row BU carried a 1-0 lead deep into the third period, but were unable to hang-on, as Michigan State scored three goals in the last five minutes to top the Terrier 3-1.

Cason Hohmann and Matt Lane work a two on one in the
second period. Earlier in the game Hohmann set up Lane
for the Terriers' lone goal, here he was stopped.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Again, BU was outplayed for the majority of the first period and had to kill several penalties. Goalie Sean Maguire turned aside 11 shots in period one and BU only managed five, but one did go in.

Cason Hohmann took a long pass from Doyle Somerby along the MSU bench at the far side of the ice. Just inside the blue line Hohmann dumped off a pass to Matt Lane and from the mid slot he beat MSU goalie Jake Hildebrand low blocker side. It was Lane's second goal of the year and Somerby's first collegiate point.

BU seemed to cary the play in the second frame, but just could not get another goal, allowing Michigan State to hang around.

With 4:56 left, Michigan State final solved Maguire, who played a very strong game. Brent Darnell threw the puck at the net from the low circle. The puck puck hit BU defenseman Garrett Noonan's skate, changed directions, and slipped through the legs of Maguire into the back of the net. It was Darnell's first of the year from Brock Krygier and Jake Chelios at 15:04.

Less than a minute later, Joe Cox banged home a rebound goal at the side of the goal. Dean and Jake Chelios picked the assists. This put State up 2-1 with little over four minutes to play.

BU had a number of good looks with Maguire pulled. One that particularly stands out was a sprawling glove save by Hildebrand off a Noonan shot. Of course that all took place before Greg Wolfe notched the obligatory empty net goal with four seconds left.

BU was outplayed pretty much the whole nigh and really didn't deserve to win this game, but its not like they didn't have chances to put it away. Overall it was a really frustrating weekend. The team posted just 46 shots in two games. To put that in perspective, Michigan had 44 shots alone Friday night.

The schedule doesn't get any easier next week, as BU will play up-start Providence in a home and home series.

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