Saturday, March 12, 2011

Stayin' alive

On the brink of elimination, BU delivered a thorough and intensity filled effort to defeat Northeastern 5-2 in the second game of the best-of –three series. After surrendering an early power play goal, BU scored three times in the opening stanza on Ryan Ruikka’s (phone) wrister, a power play blast by Matt Nieto and Kevin Gilroy’s wrister off a Justin Courtnall feed, which was the eventual game-winner. NU narrowed the lead to one, but Joe Pereira added a wrap-around-and-jam goal midway through the third period as well as an empty netter—giving him a team leading 15.

Kieran Millan stopped 30 of 32 shots to gain his 61st career win, one behind Sean Fields. He did pass Fields to become the new all-time save leaders with 1,058.

Despite Nieto's power play goal, BU continues to struggle when up a man, going just one for ten. Draws continue to be a challenge as Northeastern won the face off battle with BU for the firth time this year.
The win came on Head Coach Jack Parker’s 66th birthday.

Terriers have hosted –and won--a quarterfinal series every season since Agganis Arena became their home in 2005. That year BU lost the first game to Providence and won the next two, a feat duplicated in 2007 against Vermont. BU will be looking do it again on Sunday night in the series-deciding game.

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Looking ahead
2011 recruit Cason Hohmann scored a goal and two assists in Cedar Rapids’ 5-3 win over Sioux Falls, bring his scoring total to 41 points in 41 games.

Alexx Privitera registered two assists in Muskegon’s 4-1 win against the NTDP U17s. Privitera now has 30 points (10-20).

2013 recruite Adam Erne scored his tenth goal of the season as Indiana belted Chicago, 7-0.

Not so fast
We’ve been advised that the announcement of Marc Hetnik, Jr.’s commitment for 2012 was premature. We’ll provide updates as they become available.

Looking back
Dave Van der Gulik’s 11th goal of the season was the game winner in Lake Erie’s 4-2 win over Hamilton.

Kevin Schaeffer scored his 2nd goal of the season in Las Vegas’ 7-4 win against Ontario in ECHL action

Blueliner Bryan Miller contributed a pair of assists in Alaska’s 6-1 win over Victoria. Now in his fourth season with the Aces, Miller has an 8-27-35 scoring line, second best among ECHL defensemen.

Women’s team
Terriers make their second ever NCAA appearance and its against the same team, Mercyhurst that ended their NCAA experience last season. has links to game notes, Webcast on WTBU Radio, All-Access Webcast and game tracker
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