Sunday, October 16, 2011

Special teams lead BU past Denver

Two shorthanded goals and a power play marker in the first three minutes of the second period powered #7 BU past #3 Denver, 4-3, at Agganis Arena. Sophomore Matt Nieto, who earned first-star honors, and second-star Corey Trivino (photo) both scored early in the middle stanza while Garrett Noonan was serving a penalty. For each, it was the third goal of the season. Two minutes later, with the Terriers enjoying a man advantage, Wade Megan found net on a backhander, extending BU’s lead to 4-0. Alex Chiasson had opened the scoring midway through the first period, assisted by Cason Hohmann—his first career point.

Despite BU’s continued strong play in the third, Denver clawed its way back. A wrap-around goal that just eluded Kieran Millan, a blueline shot that glanced off Millan’s pad, and an extra-attacker goal narrowed the margin to 4-3. BU nearly added an empty netter before time expired.

Millan finished with 35 saves, and the win, the 63rd of his career, vaulted him past Sean Fields into first place for victories by BU goalie.

The Terrier defense made an emphatic reversal from Friday night’s subpar effort. Sophomore Pat MacGregor was very effective, using his body and reach well. The former Avon Old Farms standout made a strong claim to stay in the lineup once Ryan Ruikka returns.

Check back for more coverage and photos

● recap
● Comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● USCHO recap
● Boston Hockey Blog recap
● WTBU Sports recap
● Boston Globe recap
● College Hockey News features on Trivino and DU goalie Adam Murray
● Coach Jack Parker’s comments.

● Post-game comments: Nieto and Chiasson

Looking ahead
2012 recruit Matt O’Connor won his third game in a row for USHL Youngstown, stopping 22 shots in a 4-1 win against Des Moines.

Looking back
Nick Bonino assisted on four goals, including three by Kyle Palmieri, in Syracuse’s 6-2 win against Adirondack.

David Van der Gulik, playing at Lake Erie for former Terrier associate head coach David Quinn, scored his first goal of the season in the Monsters' 5-3 loss to Toronto.

Women’s team
Behind a hattrick by freshman Kayla Tutino, the #4-ranked Terriers pulled away from Union College for a 6-2 and raised their record to 4-1-0. Captain Jenn Wakefield added a pair, her 6th and7th of the season, and Kasey Boucher potted her first of the year. Braley Hiller stopped 27 shots to earn her first collegiate victory. Another freshman, Sarah Bayersdorfer, recorded her point. BU put a season-high 44 shots on goal.
● recap
● Comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● WTBU Sports recap
● Coach Brian Durocher’s comments.

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