Saturday, January 17, 2009

A costly victory

BU dominated Merrimack on the scoreboard last night, winning 4-1 with goals from Jason Lawrence (2, photo), Matt Gilroy and Andrew Glass. But this one got ugly as the low-scoring Warriors (a dozen games tallying one goal or less) found themselves behind by four late in the second period and their frustration turned the game chippy. The officiating team, led by referee Dave Hansen, apparently lost control of the game, which had a total of 97 penalty minutes—50 in the final period.

An incensed BU Coach Jack Parker accused the Merrimack players of taking “vicious runs” resulting in two of his players getting “cold-cocked.” Those two were senior Chris Higgins who sustained a head cut and a concussion and Senior co-captain Gilroy who reportedly suffered a separated shoulder and a chest injury. Neither is expected to play in tonight’s home matchup with BC. According to a College Hockey News account, Parker was very critical of the game officials, league Commission Joe Bertagna and supervisor of officials Dick DeCaprio, a former Terrier.

We have a disappointing game account from USCHO that doesn't mention the injuries and the detailed boxscore from the BU Athletics Web site.

► Lawrence's two goals gave him a career-high ten on the season, drawing him even with senior classmates Higgins and Brandon Yip for the team lead. Both goals came on the power play, giving him nine man-advantage goals on the season--second best in the nation.

►BU shook up its second and third lines with Chris Connolly centering the second line and Nick Bonino the third. Bonino had a pair of assists and won 10 of 14 faceoffs.

►Glass had his first two-point game, assisting on Gilroy’s goal and then adding the third goal of the first period.

►Netminder Kieran Millan lost his shutout late in the third when Merrimack scored on a 5-on-3 power play. He made one sparkling save in the final period while improving his record to 11-1-1. Millan will be in goal again tonight against the Eagles.

Looking ahead
BU’s two USHL all-star game representatives, 2009 recruits Alex Chiasson and Max Nicastro, continued to find themselves on the scoring sheet in league play. Nicastro , who scored a goal and an assist in Chicago’s 6-2 loss to Indiana, has 11 points (4g, 7a) in his last 11 games. Chiasson assisted on both Des Moines goals in last night’s 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids—his third mult-point game in the past four games, He has 12 points (3g, 9a) in the past seven games.

Looking back
Tell me if you've heard this one before....Chris Drury scored the game-winning goal....
Mr. Clutch did it again, scoring in overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory, their first win in Chicago since 2000. Drury, who deflected a slapshot in the extra period for the win, also scored New York's first goal. Video.

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