Saturday, January 07, 2012

Terriers double-up Warriors, 4-2--UPDATED

Three first-period goals and sharp goaltending by senior netminder Kieran Millan put the Terriers in the win column for their first outing of 2012 with a 4-2 win against Merrimack. After the Warriors drew first blood early in the opening period, BU struck twice inside of a minute. Justin Courtnall converted his own rebound in close after a Cason Hohmann entry pass. Then, on a power play, captain Chris Connolly found Alex Chiasson for a redirect. BU scored on another man-advantage late in the period when Matt Nieto’s pass connected with Alexx Privitera streaking in from the point to score his second goal of the season and stretch the lead to 3-1.

Merrimack narrowed the margin to one with a power play marker, but Sahir Gill’s one-timer off a Max Nicastro pass restored the two-goal edge. Merrimack turned up the pressure in the final period, but Millan turned aside all 20 shots (and 42 for the game).

For the Terriers it was their 8th win in the 10 games since a tough 3-2 overtime loss to the Warriors in early November.

The win also slides BU into first place in Hockey East, a point ahead of BC, although the Eagles, who play at Merrimack Sunday, have a game in hand.

►A visitor to Agganis Arena—and Bernie Corbett’s on-air guest between the second and third periods—was former Terrier Dave Tomlinson. “Sniper,” who later played 15 years of professional hockey in the NHL and in Europe, is in his second season as color analyst on Vancouver Canuck radio broadcasts. Last winter, Tomlinson did a Q&A interview with The Terrier Hockey Fan Blog.

● Go recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Post game comments (video): Parker, Chiasson/Gill
● Boston Hockey Blog recap
● USCHO recap
● CHN’s Takeaway
● WTBU Sports recap
● Boston Herald recap
● Boston Globe recap

Looking ahead
2012 recruit Sean Maguire stopped 30 shots and earned first-star honors in Powell River’s 3-1 win against Surrey.

2012 recruit Mike Moran scored the game-winner (his 4th GWG and 18th goal overall) in a 4-3 Victoria win against Vernon. 2012 recruit Wesley Myron assisted on Moran’s goal and also scored his 17th goal of the season.

2012 recruit Matthew O’Connor stopped 21 of 22 shots in Youngstown’s 7-3 win against Muskegon, earning his 15th win of the season.

2012 recruit Robert Polesello assisted on the game-winner in Indiana’s 3-2 win against Waterloo.

Looking back
David Van der Gulik scored his first goal of the season—and second career NHL goal—in Colorado’s 4-0 shutout of Chicago.

Chris Bourque had a hand in all three Hershey goals, scoring once (his 19th) and assisting on two, but the Bears fell, 4-3, to Adirondack.

Dave Warsofsky assisted on the game-winning goal in Providence's 4-1 win over Portland.

John McCarthy scored his ninth goal of the season in Worcester's 4-3 loss to Springfield.

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