Saturday, February 14, 2009

Wilson scores early and often in 7-2 win

Terriers extended their winning streak to a nation’s best nine by thumping Maine, 7-2, to open a two-game series. Sophomore Colin Wilson led the way with his first career hattrick, scoring in the opening seconds of first and second periods and 1:30 into the final period. Linemate Jason Lawrence added a pair for a team-best 16, while fellow seniors Chris Higgins and Matt Gilroy contributed three assists each. Kieran Millan picked up his 19th win, giving way to fellow freshman Grant Rollheiser midway through the final period.

The win enabled BU to remain two points behind Northeastern in the Hockey East race, while they edged away from Vermont, New Hampshire and BC.

We have recaps from Hockey East Online, the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Hockey Journal, and a boxscore from College Hockey News.

►The Terriers won 31 of 52 faceoffs, but were outshot 24-21. They connected on three of eight of power plays and remain the national leader with a 25% man-advantage mark.

►Wilson’s three goals (he scored on his only three shots) and an assist gives him 40 points, tops in Hockey East and tied for second nationally.

►With his 12th power play goal of the season, Lawrence is tied with Air Force’s Jacques Lamoureux for tops in the nation.

► Both Gilroy and Kevin Shattenkirk, who scored BU’s seventh goal, reached the 20-point mark, the eight and ninth Terriers to do so this season. Luke Popko’s assist on Shattenkirk’s goal give him 10 points, the 13th Terrier to reach double figures.

►BU now has scored 114 goals this season--exactly double the 57 they’ve given up in 29 games.
►Maine’s frustration turned the game ugly in the final period. Three Black Bears received game disqualifications and BU assistant captain Brian Strait received one, too. Eric Gryba received a 10-minute misconduct and had a 20 total penalty minutes.

Looking ahead
In USHL action, 2010 recruit Sean Escobedo assisted on a game-tying goal with seconds left in regulation and then scored the winning goal in a shootout, giving Sioux Falls a 3-2 win over Fargo.

2009 recruit Alex Chaisson assisted on all three Des Moines goals, but the Bucs were blown away by Waterloo, 10-3.

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