Sunday, March 15, 2009

Terriers rebound to eliminate Maine, 6-2

Stung by Maine in game two of the quarterfinal series, BU scored early and often to win the deciding third game of its Hockey East quarterfinal series, 6-2, at Agganis Arena.

BU advances to the Hockey East semifinals for the eighth consecutive season—becoming the first team in conference history to do so. And, for the fifth time in the last six years, the Terriers needed all three games to move on.

On Friday evening, BU will face arch-rival Boston College in the 8 p.m. game at Bank TD North Garden. The Eagles beat New Hampshire in two games to advance. In 2007, BC beat the Terriers in the semifinals. The previous year, the Commonwealth Ave. rivals met in the Hockey East Championship game, with BU winning on Brandon Yip's overtime goal.

Northern meets UMass-Lowell in the other semi-final. This will be the first time that all three Hockey East Beanpot schools--BU, BC, NU--have reached the semis together.

Colby Cohen, who scored the game-winner in Friday’s game, got BU off to a fast start tonight, scoring just 58-seconds into the game. Maine tied the score late in the period, but Brandon Yip and Joe Pereira scored 29 seconds apart for 3-1 lead. BU added three more goals in the second period. Corey Trivino’s fourth goal of the season was followed by Zach Cohen’s (photo) ninth and Nick Bonino’s 16th, during four on four play. Maine added a late goal to close out the scoring.

Kieran Millan recorded his 23rd victory in 28 decisions.

►The win improves BU’s record to 29-6-4. The 29 wins are the most for BU since its 1995-96 Frozen Four team won 30.

►With his first-period goal, Pereira became the 16th Terrier to reach double-figures in scoring.

►BU received strong efforts by freshmen David Warsofsky, Chris Connolly and Trivino.

►Warsofsky’s pair of assists give him 20 points, making him the 11th Terrier to reach that milestone.

We have recaps from, USCHO , The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and The Daily Free Press, along with a comprehensive boxscore and video highlights. Jack Parker's post-game comments are linked below (click to begin).

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