Sunday, January 29, 2012

Maine tops Terriers to sweep series--UPDATED

As Yogi Berra might have said, it was “déjà vu all over again.” For the second night in a row, Terriers and Black Bear played a close, low-scoring game at Agganis Arena, but it was the visitors who broke the tie and then added an empty-netter.

This time Maine scored first. After failing to convert on several power plays in the first period, Maine connected at even strength with just seven seconds left in the period. BU pulled even early in the second on a power play as Garrett Noonan (photo) redirected an Adam Clendening shot for his ninth goal of the campaign. Just three minutes later, following an offensive zone faceoff win, Maine’s Nick Pryor blast a shot off the pipe and past Kieran Millan for what would be the game-winner.

Terriers had some golden opportunities late in the second period and in the final period—including an attempted redirect by Alex Chiasson, who played well all weekend—but couldn’t put the equalizer past Dan Sullivan, who made a career-high 38 saves.

Coach Jack Parker was pleased with his team’s effort despite the loss:

I was extremely happy with how hard we played. I thought we did a great job killing penalties [7 for 8]. I thought we did a pretty nice job in an awful lot of areas. Kieran played great and Sullivan played great. It’s not surprising that both those guys were the first two stars [of the game]. I was happy with my team.

BU played without two starting defensemen. Junior Max Nicastro had suffered a shoulder injury in Friday’s game, which freshman Alexx Privitera suffered a broken hand that should sideline him four to six weeks. Ryan Ruikka returned to the line and the Terriers rotated five blueliners with Ben Rosen taking a few shifts.

Parker was ejected with five seconds left in the game after giving game officials an earful. He was upset about a questionable embellishment call against Noonan, who’d been hooked. The call denied BU a power play for the final two minutes of regulation, which would’ve become a 6-on-4 with the goalie pulled. For more regarding the officiating, see the Boston Hockey Blog story linked below.

USCHO’s Scott Weighart points out that Pryor’s goal marked the 17th time this season that an opposing player has scored his first collegiate goal against the Terriers.


● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Boston Hockey Blog recap, Connolly on officiating, analysis,
● USCHO recap
● Boston Globe recap

● College Hockey News: The Takeaway

Recruiting News
Terriers have their second commitment this month from a Kimball Union Academy blueliner. 6-5, 220, right-shot defenseman Doyle Somerby, a KUA junior, has verballed to BU for 2013. Earlier this month, his teammate John MacLeod committed to BU for 2014. A Marblehead, Mass., native who had a 2-4-6 line for KUA in 2010-11, Somerby was ranked #127 among North American skaters in the recent NHL Central Scouting Midterm rankings. USHR recently reported that Somerby also had offers from Maine, UNH, UMass, and St. Lawrence.

Somerby, who is on a defensive pairing with Alex Carle, brother of NHLer Matt Carle, previously played for St. Mary’s in Lynn, Mass., and in last summer’s Senior Chowder Cup, he skated for the New England Nordiques. On Friday after committing to BU, Somerby tweeted “best day of my life.”

Women’s team
Held scoreless for two periods, the Terriers found the net three times in the final period to edge #6 Northeastern, 3-2. BU came from behind twice on goals by Jill Cardella and Isabel Menard before Captain Jenn Wakefield converted a rebound with 1:49 remaining in regulation with assists to Louise Warren and Marie-Philip Poulin.
● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Coach Brian Durocher, Wakefield
● WTBU Sports recap


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Unknown said...

that was what I thought and what I said "deja vu all over again! haha what a coincidence and now I remember that the guys from Host Pay Per Head sport section predicted this

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