Sunday, January 22, 2012

Terriers roast Friars, 8-0

BU completed a convincing weekend sweep of Providence with an 8-0 rout of the Friars behind four-point efforts by Wade Megan (2 goals, 2 assists) and Matt Nieto (1+3) and a career-best three points from Max Nicastro (1+2). At Schneider Arena, BU scored three times in each for the first two periods and then twice in the third, with six goals coming on nine power play tries. Sahir Gill added a pair of goals while Garrett Noonan scored for the third consecutive game, bringing his conference leading total for defensemen to eight goals. BU’s 8 goals came on just 24 shots, for a .333 shooting percentage for the night.

Ten different Terriers made the scoring sheet with captain Chris Connolly assisting on two goals for a total of 19 helpers, tied for the team lead with Adam Clendening. Megan leads BU in goals with 12, followed by Nieto (10), Gill (9) Alex Chiasson (8) and Noonan (8).

Kieran Millan’s eighth career shutout put an exclamation point on a weekend in which he stopped 62 of 63 shots over the two games.

The victory, combined with another BC loss, gave the Terriers a four-point lead over the Eagles in Hockey East with a game in hand. Next up for BU is a two-game series with another hot team, third-place Maine. Both games are at Agganis with Friday’s matchup being a nationally televised one by CBS Sports Network.

● recap and comprehensive box score
●Boston Hockey Blog recap
●USCHO recap
● Providence athletics recap

Looking ahead
2012 recruit Sean Maguire stopped 23 shots in Powell River's 5-1 win against Cowichan Valley. The victory gave him four consecutive wins during which he stopped a total of 101 shots while yielding just four goals.

Looking back
Colin Wilson scored his ninth goal in a 5-2 Nashville win against Chicago. Brandon Yip, acquired this past week from Colorado, made his first start for the Predators wearing the same #18 as he wore at BU.

Former Terrier captain Joe Pereira scored a first-period goal against former Michigan netminder Billy Sauer for the South Carolina Stingrays in their 3-1 victory against Florida in ECHL action.


maaahty said...

There can be little debate that when this piece was written some 13 days ago that UM-D was hotter than ANY team since the2008-9 Boston University Terrier squad that were champions of The Ice Breaker Invitational, The Denver Cup, The Beanpot, the Hockey East Regular Season, the Hockey East Tournament, and the NCAA National Title down in DC to complete the six for six goal that the team Seniors (plus one) had written on Paper and handed in to Coach shortly after that Seniors Only meeting. The goals that a team Coach Parker knew was special had set expectations that - short of going undefeated - were going to require the Terriers to win during stretches when they were not playing good hockey against teams that were and still find a way to emerge with a W, but the Coach liked the lofty expectations this SR class had put on itself. In two games this weekend, UM-D struggled to one goal victories over Alabama-Huntsville but even if they had not, there is no denying despite the aberration where BU had a quick start with impressive non-conference victories & a quick start last season at 8 & 0 and thus being named CHN’s Team of the Week & we all saw how premature that was.
The other thing that emerged from that meeting was despite conversations the coaches had shared with the Captains that for all his fanfare, SR Steven Smolinsky, a highly decorated recruit upon arrival from The Jr. Bruins with all kinds of hype, accolades, and expectations had never panned out & the Captains were asked for their thoughts on whether cutting Smolinsky from the team would ultimately make for a more talented squad. That the Seniors & Strait all unanimously felt that even if cutting Smolinsky might leave them as a team with more individual talent than keeping him on the squad, to a man each felt that Smolinsky was better than many of the underclassman many of whom were only going to be used as practice players if at all on this veteran-filled team, to the extent that their input was to count since Coach Parker DID consult with them, the other "Goal" for that Senior Class was to keep their fellow incoming classmate from the fall of 2004 a member of this team, as they felt Smolinsky needed to remain part of this senior class that never wavered. Even though Coach was not sure keeping Smolinsky in a diminished role to essentially glorified practice player meant keeping the most talented players on the team, the fact that it was important enough to the Seniors & JR Captain Brian Strait made this decision an easy one for Parker: Coach didn't dare mess with that bond of brothers that 08-09 SR class had developed. Matt Gilroy arrived a lightly recruited walk on some four years earlier outta the EJHL and Coach went from thinking this young man will at best be a role player who maybe dresses a few games if he sticks with it, to telling Gilroy NOT TO RETURN the summer prior to his Hobey Baker-winning Senior Season - though in all honesty it was awarded to Gilroy not for being the best player in College Hockey that season (he wasn't the most talented player on his own team which is why Sophomore sensation Colin Wilson was one of the ALL Hockey East Hobey Three finalists), but rather for having consistently been the best clutch player over the previous four seasons (something of a Career Achievement Award) - as much as Parker did not want to lose the young man, he felt what was best for Gilroy was for him to sign the best free agent contract he was offered with so many teams interested. So sure was Parker that Gilroy was not going to be returning that hr actually was not originally named a Captain for his final year, but rather instead he was a late add to classmate John McCarthy once coach learned Matt really was coming back.

Back to the reason I told the story of the 2008-9 Boston University team and the story of now Heralded Providence Goalie Beaudry and why the story now comes full circle. He was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week after his first two games before taking his first class at PC.

maaahty said...

The reason I bring this up is because during the 2008-9 campaign, that LOADED with future pro player Terrier team went 26 matches with only one loss in a stretch from The Saturday prior to Thanksgiving to a day prior to the Ides of March losing only one game during that only once in a sixteen week, 112 day span was a team able to put an L after a result, and that was to Providence Net-minder Alex Beaudry only days after arriving in Providence, is 2nd win is his 2nd game having been eligible for the first time only Three days earlier and still not yet having moved into his dormitory on campus as the students has not yet returned for the second semester. Thus staying in temporary housing Beaudry was a mid-season eligible transfer during winter break but having not yet taken a single class at Providence College, as that talent-laden BU team went was stoned by Beaudry as he stood on his head, gobbling up pucks in what was the best 60 minute effort I saw from a Goalie against that BU team (no disrespect to Miami University's Cody Reichard who had a great 59 minutes - and an impressive Overtime as well - on the biggest of stages in the National Title game versus the Terriers, but he gave up two goals in the final minute allowing BU to score two goals in the last 60 seconds to tie; later winning on a Colby Cohen fluttering slap shot in extra time). SO Beaudry was suddenly on the map, earning back-to-back Hockey East Rookie of the Week Honors the weeks of Jan. 12th & January 19th his first two weeks with the team. As a sophomore, Beaudry was awarded Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 12th , November 2nd , and January 18th as well as being recognized Goaltender of the Month in October of that season & was named Honorable Mention All Hockey East for the season. During Beaudry’s junior season he again was twice recognized as Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the weeks of November 8th and December 3rd, and thus far into his senior season Beaudry was named Defensive Player of the Week Dec. 5th when he led his team to back to back wins over then #1 Merrimack, 2-1 & 6-1. All of these accolades are makes what happened on consecutive nights Friday & Saturday even more astonishing. Beaudry is now highly decorated GK and was considered coming into the season the one chance Providence had at keeping games close. But in the past two games BU solved Beaudry so much so that he was pulled in the first period on Friday night after giving up three goals in the first 14 minutes en route to an easy win for BU 6-1 with six different goal scorers, & pulled again on Saturday AT HOME after giving up 6 goals through 2 periods as BU went on to an 8-0 throttling of the Friars. I am not sure if Beaudry has ever been pulled on Back to Back nights in his career, having started every game but one thus far this year for his Friars.

maaahty said...

I mention this not to embarrass Providence, but to point out that a BU team that was still with its top 2 centers in Corey Trivino & Charlie Coyle lost 5-3 to a better than expected Providence team in for its first loss on the season after Handling UNH 5-0 in their opener. BU had not lost to Providence since that home loss the first time they saw Beaudry and a BU team many considered loaded just did not show up at Schneider Arena ready to fight for a win they thought they were entitled too. Now with Trivino & Coyle leaving huge vacuums but also huge opportunities players like Matt Nieto and Adam Clendening are becoming the stars we recruited, guys like Justin Courtnall & Wade Megan have made huge strides both in confidence and, especially in Megan’s case, becoming our go to guy when it’s time to light the lamp. Kieran Millan is playing at a level NEAR what he played at during that ridiculous streak he went on during his freshman campaign, and Chris Connolly has finally gotten rid of the goose egg in his Goal Tally (having joined the century club prior to getting two at Harvard last weekend) and shown why he is a special player, which should be obvious as he was the first Terrier to be named Captain twice since Jack O’Callahan of MIRACLE and 1980 Olympic Gold Medal fame over thirty years ago for a reason, not by Default.
BU obviously is not a more talented team without Coyle and Trivino. But they are a much truer – and I would argue therefore better - team & by that I mean the whole is better than the aggregate of its parts in every sense of the word. The players knew questions would be asked when Trivino was kicked off & Coyle left the team in a single news cycle. This is why they are playing so hard and selflessly for their teammates; Not to prove the cynics wrong but to prove that they will be a team to be reckoned with come Tourney Time. Obviously this team will likely NEVER have another weekend like this one. That is why the Boston University Terriers have to be Team of the Week after this past weekend’s performances. That is also why BU has jumped to Number One in the PairWise as the hottest team not just in Hockey East but in the country.

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