Sunday, March 06, 2011

Terriers drop finale; finish third in conference



“Rule No. 1 is don’t beat yourself,” said Terrier Head Coach Jack Parker, “and we beat ourselves tonight. Stupid penalties, bad plays, bad passes, turnovers, we weren’t focused.”

And that neatly sums up the Terriers’s 4-3 senior night loss to Northeastern. The defeat not only cost BU a chance to finish second in Hockey East—thanks to BC’s defeat of UNH—but also hurt the Terriers chances of an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. BU is now tied for 16th in the Pairwise rankings and must make up ground during the Hockey East playoffs and/or get some help from other teams.

BU took an early lead on Max Nicastro’s second goal of the weekend, a power play goal off a nice touch pass from Charlie Coyle. Coyle also set up BU’s second goal, also a power play score with Chris Connolly notching his tenth of the season, for a 2-1 BU lead. But the Huskies scored the next three goals, one in the final minutes of the second period and then two within a one-minute span in the final period to take a 4-2 lead. Kevin Gilroy’s second goal of the season drew the Terriers closer, but they couldn’t score the equalizer.

BU played the final two periods with just five defenseman as Garrett Noonan took a game misconduct for contact to the head. Terriers also had a dismal night on faceoffs with NU holding a 48-29 advantage.

Senior players Adam Kraus and Joe Pereira and managers Pat Walsh and Whitney Delorey were recognized during Senior Night ceremonies following the game with their parents also participating.

BU and NU will be back at it next weekend as first –round opponents in the Hockey East playoffs.

• GoTerriers.com recap, comprehensive box score,
• Boston Hockey blog recap, analysis, and grades and slideshow
• Video highlights
• Hockey East Online recap
• USCHO recap
• WTBU Sports recap
• Jack Parker post-game comments


Looking ahead
2011 recruit Cason Hohman scored in regulation and then tallied the shoot-out game-winner as Cedar Rapids defeated Omaha, 5-4. Hohmann has an 18-23-41 line in 41 games.

2011 recruit Alexx Privitera scored his ninth goal of the season in Muskegon's 5-2 win over Chicago.



Looking back
Congratulations to our former BU netminder Bob Deraney who was named Coach of the Year in the Women's Hockey East League.


Women’s team
The opportunity to repeat as Hockey East champions went out the window as Northeastern upset the Terriers in the Hockey East semifinals, 4-2, at Walter Brown Arena. Junior Jenn Wakefield scored both goals for BU, which outshot the Huskies 44-26, but was stymied by NU goalie Florence Schelling.

BU remains in third position in the pairwise rankings and will learn whether it has made the NCAA tournament field tonight when selections are announced.

• GoTerriers.com recap, comprehensive box score
• Coach Brian Durocher post-game comments
• Hockey East Online recap

Interview with Hockey East Rookie of the Year Marie-Philip Poulin
• Video of Rookie of the Year finalists.

1 comment:

The Boss said...

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