Sunday, October 09, 2011

Terriers charge out with 5-0 win over New Hampshire

Senior goalie Kieran Millan stopped all 35 shots and five different Terriers scored goals as #6/10 BU whitewashed New Hampshire, 5-0, in the team’s season opener. Following a scoreless first period, junior Wade Megan, who had a pair of goals in last week’s exhibition, continued his hot hand, converting a Chris Connolly centering pass from in tight. Senior Corey Trivino doubled the lead, also off a Connolly feed. Early in the third sophomore Matt Nieto knocked a rebound out of the air into the Wildcat net. An empty netter by junior Alex Chiasson and a goal by senior Kevin Gilroy rounded out the scoring for the Terriers who put 37 shots on goal. Connolly, Chiasson and sophomores Charlie Coyle and Sahir Gill all had two-point nights.

The victory was the 62nd of Millan’s career, tying Sean Fields for the top spot in the BU record book. It was the sixth career shutout for the netminder who was BU’s most valuable player last season. The win also tied Millan with John Curry for most Hockey East wins by a Terrier, 40.

A crowd of 5,148 at Agganis Arena watched BU launch the 90th season in a program that began in 1918.

● recap
● Comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● USCHO recap (with photo gallery); Millan feature
● Boston Hockey Blog recap
● College Hockey News recap and stats
● WTBU Radio recap
● Union Leader recap
● Post-game comments—Millan and Trivino

● Post-game comments—Head Coach Jack Parker

Lines and defensive pairings
Chris Connolly - Corey Trivino - Sahir Gill
Matt Nieto - Charlie Coyle - Alex Chiasson
Justin Courtnall - Ross Gaudet - Kevin Gilroy
Wade Megan - Cason Hohmann - Evan Rodrigues

Sean Escobedo - Max Nicastro
Adam Clendening - Alexx Privitera
Garrett Noonan - Patrick MacGregor

►The NHL began its season with 44 former Hockey East players, including nine ex-Terriers, on team rosters.

Looking ahead
2012 recruit Robert Polesello appears intent on living up to the USHR report about him we posted this past Tuesday. Friday night, he scored the 3rd-period game-winner in USHL/ Indiana’s 5-3 win over the NTDP U17s, with 2013 recruit Robbie Baillargeon adding the insurance goal. Last night, Polesello scored again and added an assist in a 7-4 win, again against the U17s. The speedy forward from Bolton, Ontario, now has three goals in three regular season games on just seven shots.

2012 recruit Matt O’Connor registered his first shutout of the season, making 22 saves in USHL/Youngstown’s 3-0 victory over Chicago.

2012 recruit Mike Moran scored twice, including the game-winner midway through the third period, as BCHL/Victoria doubled up Surrey, 4-2. Moran, a Marshfield, Mass., native who was captain at The Taft School last season, earned first-star honors for the second time in six games this season.
● Grizzlies' recap

Looking back
Eric Gryba scored his first goal of the season in AHL Binghamton's 3-2 loss to Toronto.

Women’s team
#4-ranked Terriers completed a weekend sweep of Niagara with a 5-2 win. Senior Jennelle Kohanchuk’s second goal of the game broke a 2-2 tie in the second period and transfer Isabel Menard stretched the lead to 4-2 with a second left in the middle stanza. Senior captain Jenn Wakefield’s second goal of the night closed out the scoring in the third period. Alissa Fromkin stopped 29 of 31 shots for her first win of the season.
● recap
● Comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Coach Brian Durocher’s post-game comments

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