Saturday, January 28, 2012

Black Bears top Terriers, 4-2

BU’s five game-winning streak and its seven-game conference winning streak ground to a halt as Maine beat the Terriers, 4-2, at Agganis Arena last night. The Black Bears broke a 2-2 tie in the final period, then added an empty-netter for the final margin.

Maine’s potent power play proved the difference as the Black Bears scored twice in four chances, including the game-winner midway through the third period. Fourteen of Maine’s 25 shots came on its final three power plays.

Terriers took a 1-0 first period lead on Alex Chiasson’s ninth of the season on a power play late in the first period. Maine scored twice in the first 8:22 of the middle period. Following a delay due to a partial power outage in the arena, Ross Gaudet knotted the score at two apiece when he banked a shot in off Maine goalie Dan Sullivan, who stopped 28 Terrier shots. Terriers carried the play during the remainder of the period, but couldn’t retake the lead despite several grade-A chances.

Kieran Millan finished with 21 saves.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Jack Parker post-game comments
● Boston Hockey Blog recap, analysis,
● USCHO recap
● College Hockey News’ The Take Away

Looking ahead

2012 recruit Matt O’Connor stopped 40 shots in a 3-2 Youngstown win against Dubuque.
Phantoms coach Anthony Noreen said. “Bottom-line, flat-out, Matt O’Connor stole us that game.”

2013 recruit Robbie Baillargeon scored a power play goal in the final minute of regulation to tie help Indiana tie Chicago, 4-4, but the Ice lost in a shootout, 5-4. He also recorded a pair of assists. Baillargeon’s Team MVP performance in the USHL Top Prospects on Tuesday game led to this strong assessment on The United States of Hockey site.

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