Sunday, December 11, 2011

Terriers thump Black Bears, 5-1--UPDATED

BU rode two-goal efforts from senior Corey Trivino and sophomore Sahir Gill (photo) and freshman Alexx Privitera's first career goal to a 5-1 win against Maine at Alfond Arena. With the victory, their seventh in eight games, the Terriers go into semester break with a 10-5-1 record overall, 8-4-1 in Hockey East, and trails BC by a single point in the conference standings.

For nearly two periods, it looked like one of those games where BU created numerous grade A chances but either couldn't beat Maine goalie Dan Sullivan or had back puck luck. Wade Megan had the best first-period chance on a breakaway.

Maine broke the ice with a power play goal midway through the second period, but BU was dominating both scoring opportunities and faceoffs. Both Chris Connolly and Charlie Coyle hit the post--for the Terrier captain, it was his second post in three games--and Adam Clendening missed on a breakaway. BU finally got on the board late in the period during a 4-on-3 power play. Alex Chiasson's hard work in the crease eventually sent the puck to the far post where Trivino poked it home.

After Evan Rodrigues became the third Terrier to hit iron, BU took the lead six minutes into the final period, again with a man advantage. Quick passes along the blue line freed Clendening at the right point. His slap-pass was deflected in by Gill who had gained position in front of the net. Five minutes later, Trivino scored his second goal of the game--his 13th of the season and 10th in the past 10 games--on a rebound at the left post.

At the 14 minute market, a pair of freshmen combined for BU's fifth goale. Cason Hohmann carried the puck deep into the Maine zone and and found Privitera driving in from the point; he deked a defender and whipped a backhander past Sullivan. Gill closed out the scored with his second of the game, a shorthanded goal.

Senior Kieran Millan, sharp all night, stopped 30shots for his eighth win of the year and achieved yet another milestone, becoming BU's all-time leader in saves with 3,057, breaking Sean Fields' previous record of 3,055

►Terriers converted one of 24 shots during the first two periods, then four of eight shots in the final period.

►Gill's shorthander was BU's seventh of the year, tops in the nation.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights [check back]
● HockeyEastOnline recap and box score
● Boston Hockey Blog recap
● USCHO recap
● WTBU Sports recap
● Bangor Daily News recap

Looking ahead
2012 recruit Matt O'Conner stopped 24 shots en route to his 11th win of the year as Youngstown beat Chicago, 3-1.

2013 recruit Robbie Baillargeon assisted on two of Indiana's three goals in a 3-2 win against Dubuque.

Looking back
Kevin Shattenkirk’s fourth goal of the season was the only tally in St. Louis’ 1-0 win against San Jose. The former BU captain, who now has 16 points in 28 games, fired a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Sharks’ goalie Antti Niemi. Video

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