Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nieto caps comeback for OT win

It took the continuation of one streak to end another one.

Matt Nieto rifled a shot home in overtime—his sixth consecutive game with a goal this season—to end the Terriers’ two-game non-winning streak as BU edged UMass, 5-4. The red-hot left winger added two assists and, with his goal and assist on Friday, completed a five-point weekend.

The Minutemen had sprinted to 3-0 lead, scoring late in the first on a bad bounce clearing pass by Ryan Ruikka and a goalmouth turnover by Charley Coyle. But after killing a UMass two-man advantage in the second period, BU began chipping away. First Garrett Noonan roofed a pass from Corey Trivino, then Sahir Gill pounced on a rebound to score his second goal in two nights . Terriers continued to press in the third period and knotted the score on the first goal of the year for Coyle, a shorthander assisted by Nieto. Trivino’s fourth gave BU its first lead midway through the third period, but UMass responded with a Mike Pereira power play goal, squaring things at 4-4.

In overtime, a UMass crosscheck on Cason Hohmann put BU on the power play, setting the stage for Nieto’s heroics.

Senior Grant Rollheiser, who stopped 29 shots in his first action of the season, was solid over the final two periods after a shaky start.

Freshman Evan Rodrigues, who was rewarded for strong play by being moved BU’s first line, registered his first two career assists on the Noonan and Trivino goals and earned kudos from Coach Jack Parker.

Nieto, who now has an eight-game goal scoring streak going back to last season, and was cut from the U.S. Junior National Team roster during evaluation camp this past summer. His standout play at both ends of the ice is likely to win him reconsideration for that squad . Nieto earned first-star honors for the third time this season, while Trivino, who was dominant on faceoffs, winning 17 of 23, was the game’s third star.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Boston Hockey Blog recap
● USCHO recap
● Boston Globe recap
● Boston Herald recap
● recap
● WTBU Sports recap
● College Hockey News analysis
● Post-game comments: Coach Jack Parker
● Post-game comments: Nieto/Coyle

Looking ahead
U.S. Hockey Report reports that 6’2”, 180 lb. LC Wesley Myron (photo), "a polished power forward" for the Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL), has committed to BU for next fall. Myron was #3 on USHR’s recent list of top uncommitted NCAA prospects for 2012. USHR describes Myron as “a tall, lanky kid with the frame of an NHL-type center, a strong skater who has shown a lot of finish in the BCHL.”

Centering the Grizzlies’ top line, he’s currrently 7th in BCHL scoring with an 8-15-23 line in 13 games. Following a hattrick and an assist in a 7-1 win against Langley, Myron traveled East to visit BU and UNH.[While he was away, fellow BU 2012 recruit Mike Moran took his place on the top line and responded with a 3-1-4 night.]

An 8/16/92 birthdate and Victoria, BC native, Myron, who had a 20-21-41 line for the Grizzlies last season, was named to the Canada West selection camp (Oct. 29- Nov. 1) for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge, beginning Nov. 7 in Langley, B.C.

St. Cloud and Michigan also were interested in him, too.

►With Myron at Canada West camp, Moran was back on the Grizzlies' top line, scoring the game-winning goal and adding an assist in a 5-2 Victoria win against Coquitlam. For the second time in eight days, he earned first-star honors. Since being traded to the Grizzlies, Moran has 11 goals, including three game-winners, and 19 points in 13 games.

Women’s team
The Terrier absorbed their second straight defeat at the hands of top-ranked Wisconsin, losing 6-1 in Madison. Taylor Holze’s second goal of the season, knotted the score at one after the opening period, but the Badgers, who had 40 shots, added a goal in the second period and four more in the final stanza.
● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Assistant Coach Allison Coomey
● University of Wisconsin recap

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