Sunday, November 20, 2011

Surging Terriers tame Wildcats

Terriers earned their third consecutive win and sixth of the season, beating New Hampshire, 4-1, at Agganis Arena. BU broke open a close game with a trio of third-period goals, delivering an effort that Coach Jack Parker called “pretty thorough.” He added:

“I thought we did a good job of controlling the speed of the game and controlling where the puck was going to go. We got it out of our zone pretty well. They tried to bottle us up pretty good at center ice and we figured that out and we did a good job possessing the puck down low in their end.’’

Following an evenly played and scoreless first period, junior Wade Megan (photo) broke the ice midway through the second with a sharp angle shot that riccocheted in off Wildcat goalie Matt DiGiralomo. For the junior wing, who earned first-star honors, it was his fourth goal in three games. UNH knotted the score early in the third on a Trevor van Riemsdyk goal, but that didn’t last long as BU found the net twice in 34 seconds, the first on a Max Nicastro blueline blast and the second when Corey Trivino finished off a two-on-one rush with Chris Connolly. Trivino ran his goal-scoring streak to five games and has goals in eight of the ten games he’s played.

Leading scorer Matt Nieto (15 points) closed out the scoring with a long empty-netter. Kieran Millan earned his fourth win of the season stopping 33 shots including 22 in the final period.

BU has won the season series against UNH, having beaten the Wildcats, 5-0, in the season opener.

● recap, comprehensive box score and video highlights
● Noonan/Rollheiser post-game comments
● USCHO recap
● Boston Hockey Blog recap
● WTBU Radio recap
● CHN analysis and box score
● Boston Globe recap
● Jack Parker Post-game comments

● Wade Megan Post-game comments

Looking ahead
Matt O’Connor stopped 23 shots in Youngstown’s 3-2 OT win against Cedar Rapids. He earned his 8th victory against three defeats.

2012 recruit Robert Polesello and 2013 recruit Robbie Baillargeon picked up assists in Indiana’s 4-2 loss to Waterloo.

2012 recruit Wesley Myron scored a goal and an assist in Victoria’s 6-5 OT win over Cowichan Valley. Mike Moran also contributed an assist.
● Myron talked with Grizz Roar about playing in the World Junior A Challenge and his commitment to BU.

Looking back
Former Terrier Colin Wilson scored his fifth goal of the season in Nashville’s 4-3 OT win against Columbus.

Among the former Terriers in attendence at last night's game: Marc Hetnik (whose son, Marc, is a 2012 recruit), Jerry August, Don Singer, Chris Mays, Shawn Ferullo, Dale Dunbar, Brian Durocher Bill Pierce, Brian Collins, Rich Brennan, Brad Zancanaro, Mike O'Connell, Bill Whelton, Pat Aufiero and Adam Kraus.

Women’s team
Terriers will complete their weekend action today with a visit to Providence College. Gametime is 2 p.m. The Friars are coached by former BU netminder Bob Deraney.
● recap of 4-2 win against Connecticut
● Video highlights
● Coach Brian Durocher comments

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