Sunday, November 15, 2009

Offensive outburst earns Terriers a split with Merrimack

With Assistant Captain Nick Bonino returning to the lineup and Grant Rollheiser making his first start of the season, the Terriers turned up the offense to gain a weekend split with Merrimack, winning 6-4 at Agganis Arena.

Bonino, who missed the past five games with a shoulder dislocation, registered his first two points of the season, assisting on the first of two Chris Connolly (photo) goals—a pretty pass on a 2 on 1 break—and on Colby Cohen’s power play bomb. Rollheiser stopped 25 shots and yielded just one even-strength goal.

After Friday night’s distressing loss, the Terriers scored early and often. Captain Kevin Shattenkirk, who earned the game’s top star and now leads BU with 9 points, found the back of the net just 44 seconds into the game. The home team added three more in the opening period including the first career goals for sophomore Ross Gaudet and freshman blueliner Max Nicastro.

• Scott Weighart’s USCHO recap and slide show
• recap, video highlights
The Daily Free Press: Grading the Terriers and Isabel Slepoy slideshow
• WTBU recap
• Comprehensive boxscore
• Nine-game stats
• Coach Jack Parker’s post-game comments (audio)
• Connolly post-game comments (video)

Looking ahead
2010 recruit Matt Nieto scored the game winner with less than a minute left in regulation in the NTDP U18s' 4-3 win over Green Bay. Nieto, who also had an assist and earned the game’s #1 star, now has six points in his past four games.

Another 2010 recruit, Yasin Cissé, scored his seventh goal of the season to bring the Des Moines Bucs even with Sioux City late in the their, but the Bucs would lose in a shootout, 4-3. In his past seven games, Cissé has six goals.

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