Friday, January 29, 2016

Terriers Take Out Warriors

Tonight's 4-0 shutout of Merrimack followed a bit of an odd story line. BU goalie Sean Maguire may have not allowed any goals, but he also did not record a shutout or even a win for that matter.

Matt Lane celebrates after scoring BU's third goal of the night
(Photo by Matt Dresens)

It could not have been a worse start for BU in the first period. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson was whistled for a roughing call just 22 second into the game. On the ensuing Merrimack power play, Maguire's skate blade detached from his skate and he was hopelessly trying to tend goal and push off with no blade in his left skate. Finally, for what must have felt like a decade for Maguire, BU got whistle and Maguire skated to the bench with some help. Somehow, Merrimack didn't score here.

While Maguire was having his blade reaffixed to his skate, Connor LaCouvee came in and played 5:49 of game time. In that 5:49, he made one save and Robbie Baillargeon scored what was the eventual game winning goal. So even though Maguire played 52:54 of this game, he is not credited with the win because BU scored the go-ahead goal in his absence. In fact, Maguire doesn't even get a statistical shutout.

On the Baillargeon goal, Robbie was set up with two crisp passes. First, Brian Diffley to Matt Lane and then Lane to Baillargeon in the middle of the near circle. Robbie wristed home his fifth goal of the year to MC goalie Collin Delia's blocker side.

That was BU's only goal in a dominate first period.

The second period had a sort of a ho-hum sort of feel to it. There were several calls on both sides that were very suspect and rather ticky-takcy. It made for a period that had very little flow and not much excitement.

Danny O'Regan changed all of that with 4:08 left in the period with a shorthanded marker. He disrupted a pass in the neutral zone, then was stripped of the puck near the attacking blue line. He then got it back and split the D. Then lost it again, only to have the MC defender give it right back to him. O'Regan was then in the clear and did a nice job protecting the puck with his body to make sure he wouldn't lose it again. From the slot, he roofed a quick wrister up over Delia's left shoulder to extend the lead.

Midway through the third, Matt Lane further distanced the Terriers. At the dot on the far circle, Lane fired off a shot that hit Delia up high and popped up toward the roof. It came down behind him and bounced around in the crease. Meanwhile, after Lane took the initial shot he was forced behind the net, but stuck with the play. From behind the goaline, he batted home 14th goal of the year.

Ahti Oksanen rounded out the Terrier offense with an empty net goal off a pass from Matt Grzelcyk. The goal was his 50th career goal as a Terrier and 14th of the year.

Maguire, even though he didn't officially get his shutout, finished with 27 saves and stopped everything that came his way.

Before the game, BU's longtime PA man Jim Prior was horned for his time at the scorers table.

Next up, Northeastern on Monday night in the opening round of the Beanpot.

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