Monday, November 09, 2009

The wrong side of one-goal games

Winning one-goal games was standard operating procedure for the Terriers in 2008-2009, especially in the post-season when six of BU’s eight wins were single-goal victories. The pendulum has shifted thus far this season, as the Terriers were handed a third straight one-goal loss in a Sunday matinee, 3-2 by host Maine.

BU regained the services of freshman Wade Megan and David Warsofsky, who missed Friday night’s contest, and the Terriers dominated shots on goal, 28-18, but couldn’t overcome a 3-1 deficit after two periods. BU goals came from freshman Alex Chiasson (photo), who registered his team-leading fourth, and sophomore Chris Connolly.

The loss was BU's first in a regular-season contest with Maine since January 2005.

• USCHO recap
• Comprehensive boxscore
• HockeyEastOnline recap
• Portland Press Herald recap
• Daily Free Press recap
Daily Free Press feature on scoring drought.

Over the weekend, The Boston Herald offered features on BU’s top defensive pairing of Captain Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen, both high draft choices of the Colorado Avalanche, and on the string of injuries that have plague the Terriers in the early season.

Looking back
Former BU defenseman Joe DiPenta, who won a Stanley Cup in Anaheim before spending a season overseas in Sweden, has returned to North America. He signed a contract with Buffalo, was assigned to AHL Portland and has been describing his experiences in a series of blog posts for The Hockey News.

Looking ahead
2010 recruit Charlie Coyle scored the game-winning goal for Team USA in Sunday’s Four Nation’s championship game, as the US topped Switzerland, 3-2. Coyle, who connected on a wrist shot from the high slot in the final seconds of the second period, had been added to the US NTDP U18 squad for this event played in Finland.

Fellow 2010 recruit Matt Nieto, who had scored twice in Friday’s win over Sweden, added a pair of assists in Saturday’s 4-1 win against Finland. Nieto, who also had a goal in the pre-tourney exhibition game vs. Finland, finished as Team USA’s top scorer with a 2-2-4 line.

The NTDP U 17s also played in a Four Nations Tournament, this one in Slovakia, and had similar success, sweeping games with Russia, Switzerland and the host team. 2011 recruit Alexx Privitera picked up a pair of assists in the three games.

Another 2011 recruit, forward Cason Hohmann registered his third assist of the season for Cedar Rapids in its 6-3 loss to Green Bay.

• Thanks to one of our readers who forwarded this video of 2010 recruit Yasin Cissé’s recent hattrick for the Des Moines Bucs.

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