Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Terriers fall, 3-2, in OT thriller

The score in last night's Beanpot semifinal, 3-2 BC, was the same as the teams' matchup two weeks ago, but this was a totally different game. Terriers went toe-to-toe with the top-ranked Eagles, carrying a 2-1 lead into the third period, but BC rallied to knot the game and then won it in overtime on a power play goal.

BU gave up a first period goal, but countered with Wade Megan's sixth goal later in the period and then grabbed the lead two minutes into the second on Corey Trivino's sixth goal. Terriers outshot BC 15-8 in the third period, but couldn't produce a game-winner. Kieran Millan stopped 37 of 40 Eagle shots.

BU, for the most part, did what it needed to give itself a chance to win. Get strong goaltending, play with intensity and stay out of the penalty box. Terriers drew only one penalty during regulation, but the penalty in overtime along with BU's failure to score on two power plays late in regulartion, paved the way for BC's win.

• GoTerriers.com recap, video highlights, comprehensive box score and photo gallery.
• Boston Hockey blog recap , slideshow
• WTBU Sports recap and notebook
• USCHO recap, feature,
• Boston Globe recap and video analysis
• Boston Herald recap
• NESN recap
• HockeyEastOnline recap and video higlights
• Post game press conference (video)
Former Terrier netminder Michel Larocque and Harvard's Bob McManama were inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame.

Looking ahead
2012 recruit Robert Polesello scored a goal and two assists as Vaughan thumped Toronto, 7-1, in OJHL action. Polesello has produced 15 points in his past 11 games and now has a 16-30-46 line in 35 games for the Vipers.

Women's team
• USCHO feature

1 comment:

Doug Chapman said...

The difference between a win and a loss was on the powerplay ... BU had a powerplay for four of the last five minutes of regulation - and nothing. BC gets a PP in OT - game over.
The BU powerplay has been frustration all season.
I still believe it starts with the points, and their unwillingness to attempt to put the puck on net (Warsofsky excluded - he'll shoot).
Clendening, Noonan, Ruikka and NiCastro all have good shots, yet they won't pull the trigger. Their first option is to pass, the second is to hesitate and then pass, and maybe shoot.
BC's OT goal happened because their pointman put the puck on net.
When you put the puck on net, you might score, get a deflection, have a screened shot wreak havoc or get a rebound in a better position.
BU needs to shoot more from the points and have the forwards crashing the nets for the rebounds. Sounds simplistic. And it is. It also can work.
That is why BC is going to the chapionship game and BU is relegated to the consolation game.

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