Tuesday, February 10, 2009

29 and Counting


Boston University claimed its 29th Beanpot Monday night with a 5-2 win over Northeastern University. Powered by 4 special teams goals, including 3 short-handed goals, the top-ranked Terriers never trailed in the contest and kept their out-of-conference record perfect at 9-0-0. Kieran Millan earned his 18th win in 20 starts, and leads the country in win percentage (.925). Colby Cohen opened the scoring in the first with a power play tally. However, as the period came to a end, the third-ranked Huskies tied up with game with a power play goal of their own.

Starting the second period shorthanded proved to be an advantage for the Terriers, though, as Brandon Yip was able to get free on a breakaway. NU goalie Brad Thiessen stoned his attempt, but the rebound caromed off the glass and onto Beanpot MVP Nick Bonino's stick, and he flipped the puck behind Thiessen. NU would again respond, but a superb Chris Higgins pass to a waiting Jason Lawrence put the Terriers quickly back on top. The third period was hard fought by both sides, and a stupid slashing penalty in the neutral zone looked like it could allow the Huskies to tie it up. Instead, two more short-handed goals within 30 seconds of each other put the Terriers up 5-2. David Warsofsky broke out on a rush with defense partner Eric Gryba, and smartly elected to shoot. Another breakdown on NU's power play allowed Kevin Shattenkirk to escape along with Colin Wilson, and this time the pass was made and Wilson did not miss.

Recaps are available from GoTerriers.com, USCHO, Boston Globe, Boston Herald (and feature on Jason Lawrence), and the New York Times. Also a detailed boxscore. Inside College Hockey's Jeff Howe again kept a live blog. NESN's Video Highlights. Below are two audio files, one interviewing Jack Parker and the other Nick Bonino and Colin Wilson, courtesy of HockeyEastOnline.com:


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1 comment:

Eric Lawless said...

Congrats on the win. Your team is the real deal. It surprises me when you lose some conference games because you can win any game when you want to. Hopefully the Huskies can avoid a meltdown and have a rematch in a month or so.

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