Thursday, January 14, 2016

This Week In 06: Hitting Their Stride

After coming out of the break with a 5-1 loss to Providence and a 4-0 shutout win at Northeastern, BU hosted Maine for a two game series at Aggains.

Friday January13, 2006
Maine opened the scoring just 2:12 into the game on a power play goal by Greg Moore. Kenny Roche answered for the Terriers in the closing minutes of the period to tie the game.

12 seconds into the second, Moore notched his second of the game to regain a one goal lead for the Black Bears. John Laliberte retied the game less than five minutes later with a power play goal of his own. Kenny Roche scored the game winner with 1:10 left in the game.

John Curry posted 29 saves, including 16 in the first period, a period that BU was outshot 17-5.

“A tale of two periods: The first and second period were like night and day,” Terrier coach Jack Parker said. “The first period they got the goal; they tic-tac-toed on the power play; we couldn’t stop them at all. And we went back on our heels to about the 15-minute mark of the first period. It was shades of Harvard earlier in the year.

“The second period was just the opposite: I thought we dominated. We had all kinds of opportunities, all kinds of time of possession. Who knows how that happens other than that we got some confidence and wore them down." - From USCHO

Saturday January 14, 2006
This was another back and forth, one goal game. Peter MacArthur got the Terriers on the board late in the first period with BU's first of two shorthanded goals on the night. Josh Soares answered on the same Maine power play to tie the game 1-1 going into the second. 

Chris Higgins gave BU their first lead of the night and it was again off a shorthanded goal. The teams traded goals all period long. Chris Hahn and Greg Moore scored for Maine, while Kenny Roche, Sean Sullivan and Bryan Ewing all found the back for the net for BU. The Terriers lead 5-3 late into the third, before Maine's Derek Damon scored with the goalie pulled. That is as close as Maine would get to tying it, though. 

“It couldn’t have been any more different than last night’s game in so many ways,” Terrier coach Jack Parker said. “I don’t think the goaltending was as sharp as it was last night for either team. In our case, the penalty killing wasn’t anywhere near where we want to be.

“All in all, we weren’t thorough. They gave us some breaks; we gave them some breaks that you usually don’t see in a BU-Maine game. It wasn’t because of the emotion of the crowd or the emotion of the game; it was just turnovers or bad reads or whatever it might be.” -From USCHO

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