Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lowell blanks BU, 3-0

Taking a step backward after last weekend’s successful Maine series, Terriers were shut out, 3-0, by UMass-Lowell at Agganis Arena last night. After BU had the upper hand in a scoreless first period, Lowell’s top scorers, Scott Wilson and Joe Pendenza, scored even-strength goals two minutes apart in the middle stanza, the second one glancing off a BU defender’s skate. Meanwhile, a stifling defensive scheme kept BU from generating much offense. Riley Wetmore’s 13th goal late in the third period closed the scoring.

Matt O’Connor (photo) stopped 24 shots including a clean breakaway by Lowell’s Derek Arnold. Among the few bright spots for BU: killing five of six Lowell power plays and Danny O’Regan winning 12 of 17 faceoffs.

The loss dropped BU into a fifth-place tie with the Riverhawks. The teams play their final regular-season game tonight at Tsongas Arena.

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Looking back
Last night was the 33rd anniversary of the “Miracle On Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey victory over the Soviet Union with former Terrier co-captain Mike Eruzione scoring the game-winning goal.

Looking ahead
2014 recruit Jack Eichel, moved up from the NTDP U17s to the U18s, scored his 20th goal of the season in the U18s’ 5-3 win against USHL Lincoln.  The forward from Chelmsford, Mass., had a 19-15-34 scoring line in 36 U17 games.

Women’s Team
#4 Terriers take on UConn at 3 p.m. today in their final regular-season home game, beginning with Senior Day activities. Among the ten seniors on the BU roster, center Jill Cardella and blueliner Kathryn Miller have not missed a single game during their four-year careers.

In the teams’ previous meeting, BU doubled up the Huskies, 4-2, in Storrs. The home-and-home series concludes tomorrow at UConn. If the Terriers, who have won 13 consecutive conference games, can sweep the Huskies, they will guarantee at least a first-place tie in the Hockey East standings

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