Saturday, February 11, 2012

Minutemen trap Terriers, 3-2

UMass combined strong goaltending from freshman Kevin Boyle with aggressive forecheck that disrupted BU's offensive flow to earn a 3-2 victory over the Terriers at Agganis Arena. The loss dropped BU into a second-place tie with BC, a point behind Lowell, which beat Merrimack.

Despite being outshot 15-6 in the first period, UMass was even with BU at 1-1, having scored on a power play rebound before Chris Connolly tapped home a loose puck in the crease.

In the second period, the shots were nearly even, with the visitors holding a 14-13 edge, but their defensive tactics kept BU out of sync. After another power play goal put UMass on top, Ben Rosen, on a strong individual effort , got past a defender for a close-in chance on Boyle, but flipped the puck over the cage.

UMass continued to styme the Terriers in the third period and only Kieran Millan's acrobatics kept the score close. Meanwhile, Boyle stoned Matt Nieto on a breakaway. With the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, BU pressed to tie the score, but a pass glanced off a Minuteman skate, leading to an empty net goal with 55 seconds left. Alex Chiasson banged home an extra attacker goal with 4.5 seconds remaining, but the best BU could do after that was a long shot on goal as the buzzer sounded.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Jack Parker post-game comments (video)
● Boston Hockey Blog recap, analysis, slide show
● USCHO recap
● Boston Herald recap
● Boston Globe recap
● College Hockey News’ The Take Away


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