Saturday, February 28, 2009

Down early, Terriers double up UMass

Jason Lawrence's first career hattrick and a pair of power play goals by co-captain Matt Gilroy propelled the top-ranked Terriers to a 6-3, come-from-behind win over UMass in Amherst. Despite a shot advantage in the first period, BU fell behind, 2-0, and the Minutemen made it 3-0 just a minute into the second. After Grant Rollheiser replaced Kieran Millan in goal, Gilroy’s pair and Lawrence’s first brought the Terriers even after 40 minutes. BU dominated the third period as Lawrence completed his natural hattrick and David Warsofsky closed out the scoring.

Lawrence’s sharp angle, third goal, earned the #2 position on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10—his second such recognition this season—and John Bucciogross added shout-outs for BU’s “throwback” third uniforms and Coach Jack Parker.

Video highlights from NESN 1, 2 and WWLP. Check out a great feed by Colin Wilson on Lawrence's one-timer for his second goal. We also have recaps from, USCHO, College Hockey News, Hockey East Online, The Boston Globe, The Republican, and WWLP-TV (with video), along with a detailed box score.

► Did NESN have a premonition of what was to come when it interviewed Lawrence at the end of the first period?

► Both Lawrence and Gilroy had career highs in single-game scoring. Along with his first hattrick, Lawrence had four points (3+1), while Gilroy registered his first-ever multi-goal game and also had four points (2+2). Gilroy now has 27 points, a career high. Lawrence's 28 points is also a career high.

► The comeback victory increased BU’s nation’s-best undefeated streak to 13 games and, ironically, also ended the team’s longest non-winning streak. The Terriers had three consecutive ties coming into the contest.

►When UMass scored its third goal, it was just the second time the Terriers trailed a team by three this season. The first was in November when UMass beat BU, 5-1.

► BU had previously trailed by two goals four times this season and came back to at least tie the score each time. On Nov. 11, BU rebounded from 3-1 to beat Lowell 6-4. Eleven days later BU rebounded again from a 3-1 score, but Vermont won 4-3. Harvard scored the first two goals in the Beanpot opener, before BU won 4-3 and two weeks ago in Maine, BU fell behind 2-0 before scoring twice in a 2-2 OT tie.

► The game was played before one of the biggest crowds ever at the Mullins Center in Amherst, 8,291--just 82 shy of a sellout.

►BU continues to trail Northeastern by a point in the Hockey East Standings.

Looking back
David Van der Gulik, called up to Calgary from the AHL, made his first NHL start last night against Minnesota. He logged 9+ minutes of ice time. No points, but he led the Flames with six shots taken. His photo will go up on the wall in Agganis Arena with 57 other Terriers who have reached the NHL.

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