Saturday, December 13, 2008

Terriers notch 11th win, edge Lowell 3-2

BU concluded its first semester schedule with a hard-earned victory over always-tough UMass-Lowell, 3-2. The Riverhawks, coached by former Terrier assistant Blaise MacDonald and former BU and NHL standout Shawn McEachern, had took one-goal leads twice, but fourth-line forwards Joe Pereira and Zach Cohen (photo) responded to knot the score. A Colby Cohen one-timer deflected off Chris Higgins during a third-period power play for the game-winner. We have recaps from the BU Athletics Web site, The Boston Herald, and The Boston Globe. Coverage from USCHO includes a Jim Connelly sidebar piece about the Terriers’ strong penalty-killing. Detailed boxscore. Video highlights are here.

Loose pucks
► Terriers killed all six Lowell power plays, giving them 17 consecutive kills and 24 in the past 25 attempts.
► Zach Cohen’s goal was his third in the past five games.
► Colby Cohen leads all HE defensemen in scoring with 13 points (1-12). Kieran Millan raised his conference leading won-lost record to 8-1-1.
Colin Wilson, who assisted on Higgins' game-winner, was plus-seven on faceoffs as BU won 36 of 61 draws during the game.
► Blog contributor CDRAL points out that last night’s game was the 1300th of Jack Parker’s coaching career. It also was his 792nd win.
Maury Edwards, who scored Lowell’s second goal, has become what Bernie Corbett called “a Terrier-killer” with a 6-4-10 line in eight career games against BU.

What a difference a year makes.
In December 2007, BU ended its first semester with a 4-3 loss at Lowell, bringing its record to 4-10-2. Terriers had scored 56 goals and given up 59. This season's midpoint numbers: 11-4-1 with 57 GF and 34 GA.

Looking ahead
►2009 recruit Max Nicastro scored a goal and an assist in Chicago’s 6-3 win against Indiana, bring his season’s line to 4-9-13.
►2010 recruit defenseman Sean Escobedo helped his new team, Sioux Falls, blank his old team, TriCity, in his first game since a midweek USHL trade.

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