Sunday, January 04, 2009

BU grabs Denver Cup Championship

BU won its second tournament of the season Saturday night, defeating Denver, 4-1, to win the Wells Fargo Denver Cup and improving its record to 13-4-1. For the second night in a row, the Terriers raced to an early 2-0 lead, getting goals from Vinny Saponari and Matt Gilroy, but when Denver cut the lead in half, senior Brandon Yip scored off a faceoff to restore the two goal margin after two. BU went into a prevent defense in the final period, but the only goal scored was Zach Cohen’s empty-netter.

Freshman Kieran Millan stopped 33 of 34 shots to earn a spot on the all-tournament team along with Jason Lawrence, David Warsofsky and tourney MVP Matt Gilroy. (photo) Game coverage: USCHO recap; Boxscore; Brian Kelley’s in-game blog. More coverage to follow.

►BU was outshot for the first time this season, 34-27, but won the faceoff battle, 37-34.

►Cohen’s empty-netter was his fifth goal in seven games (correcting an error in the post following the RPI game).

►Warsofsky recorded four assists during the tournament, two in each game, giving him a total of 10 points on the season.

►With the championship game win, BU has defeated its first seven non-conference opponents since the 91-92 season.

► The victory gives Coach Jack Parker the 794th of his career and enables him to add the Denver Cup to the list of holiday tournaments his teams have won, including: Great Lakes Invitational 2003, St. Louis Firemen’s 2002, Bank One Badger Showdown 1995, Mariucci Classic 1994 and Auld Lang Syne, Tournament 1991 among others. Overall, Parker holds a 32-11 (.744) record in holiday-tournament play.

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