Saturday, November 06, 2010

Late goal ties Maine--UPDATED

Charlie Coyle’s (photo) extra attacker goal with 1:21 left in regulation knotted the Terriers and Black Bears at two apiece in a very entertaining game played before a near capacity crowd at Agganis Arena.

Despite being outplayed in the middle stanza, BU carried a 1-0 lead--a Chris Connolly power play goa-- into the final period, but Maine scored two within four minutes early in the third period. BU carried the play and had numerous “grade A” chances, but didn’t break through until the final two minutes. Both clubs had scoring bids turned away in overtime.

BU moved to 6-0-2 (4-0-2 HEA) on the season and, in the process, became the first Terrier team since the 1977-78 national championship squad to go undefeated in its first eight games.

BU and Yale (4-0) are the only remaining undefeated Division 1 teams.

Kieran Millan was sharp and steady again in goal, stopping 34 of 36 shots. BU, which took 30 shots, lost the faceoff battle by a 27-38 margin.

BU killed all six Maine power plays (including two 5-on-3s), yielding just seven shots, and has thwarted 36 of its opponents past 37 man-advantage situations, including the last 22.

Next up is Merrimack for a home-and-home series.

• recap
• Comprehenisve box score
Grading the Terriers (The Boston Hockey Blog)
• All-Access video highlights
• USCHO recap
• Boston Globe recap
• WTBU Sports notebook and post-game analysis
• Press Herald recap and blog
• Post game comments, Maine and BU

Jack Parker post-game comments:

• Connolly, Dave Warsofsky post-game comments:

► Blog contributor cdral reports that among the 6100+ attending the game were ex-Terriers Billy Pierce, Tony Ruvolo, Kirsten Durocher, Stan Mescon, Bob Crocker, Dennis O'Connell, Mike O'Connell, Tom O'Regan, Matt Marden, Dick DeCaprio, Doug Friedman, Joe Robillard, Marc Hetnik, and Bill LeBlond.

Blog contributor defkit reports that Friedman brought his Portland Junior Pirates 98/99 Selects team to the BU-Maine game. We posted about Friedman's appointment as coach in an October blogpost (scroll down to "Looking back")

Looking back
Colby Cohen’s first NHL game was a resounding home –ice win for the Avalanche who blanked the Dallas Stars, 5-0. Neither Cohen nor Kevin Shattenkirk, playing his second game, figured in the scoring, but Brandon Yip recorded his third goal of the season and Dave Van der Gulik assisted on Colorado’s first goal of the evening. Cohen logged more than 15 minutes of ice time and picked up a pair of minor penalties and was +1. Yip took a 5-minute fighting major in the game’s waning seconds. Recap with video highlights.
• Denver Post notebook on Colorado’s Terriers.

Another member of the 2009 National Champions, John McCarthy, playing his ninth game this season, scored his second NHL goal on a quick slapper (video) in San Jose’s 5-2 win over Tampa Bay. McCarthy has three points overall.

There are now seven members of the 2009 NCAA championship team playing in the NHL: Yip, McCarthy, Nick Bonino, Colin Wilson, Shattenkirk, Cohen, and Matt Gilroy.

Looking ahead
In exhibition games for the World Junior A Challenge, 2012 recruit Robert Polesello tallied a goal and an assist for Canada East in its 7-2 win over Canada West on Friday. Meanwhile, 2011 recruit Cason Hohmann scored the first goal for the U.S. Junior Selects in a 5-3 victory against Canada West on Saturday.

Another 2011 recruit, Alexx Privitera contributed a goal and an assist in Muskegon’s 7-4 win against the NTDP U18s in a game that featured 98 shots on goal. The defenseman from New Jersey has a 3-9-12 line and has scored in eight of 10 games for the Lumberjacks.

In addition to the recent visits to BU by numerous top recruiting prospects, the Toronto Marlies ’95 Team, currently the leader in the Greater Toronto Hockey League, are playing at Agganis Arena this morning. The contest is technically an intersquad scrimmage and will feature players from the Seacoast Saints, too. USHR reports that about a dozen of the Marlies are interested in playing college hockey. The two biggest names on the team are forward Nick Ritchie, expected be a top pick in next June’s OHL draft and defenseman Jordan Subban, younger brother of the Canadiens’ P.K. Subban.

Women's team upends Providence
The fifth-ranked Terriers Women’s team spotted Providence a first-period goal, then blistered the Friars with four second-period goals in a 4-1 win. Sophomore blueliner Kathryn Miller led the way with a goal and two assists. Graduate student Catherine Ward, senior Holly Lorms and freshman Louise Warren also scored for BU. Sophomore goalie Alice Fromkin, returning from an injury, stopped 27 shots to earn the win. BU outshot Providence 45-28.

• Video highlights
• Comprehensive box score
• Brian Durocher video comments
• Holly Lorms video comments

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