Saturday, January 09, 2010

Terriers leave Eagles out in the cold

BU put a punctuation mark on the two-week “winter carnival” of outdoor hockey in Boston’s baseball shrine with a 3-2 win over arch-rival Boston College last night at Frozen Fenway. The game was played with the temperature in the teens and a light snow falling throughout. In the bright Fenway stadium lights, it often had the appearance of a snow-globe scene. (Check back again as we add more coverage, photos and comments)

The 38,472 in attendance marked not only the largest hockey crowd ever to see a college game in the eastern U.S., but the biggest crowd to view any game in the East. Frozen Fenway outdrew the NHL’S Winter Classic (38,112) by 360.

BU scored in the first period on a David Warsofsky (photo) power play slapper. Then in the second period, Joe Pereira, returned from an appendectomy, banked one in off BC goalie John Muse’s pad from an in impossible angle. The lead grew to 3-0 when Wade Megan (photo, CREDITgame’s first star) batted a puck out of the air during a delayed penalty. The Eagles narrowed things with a power play goal late in the period and a shorthander in the third period.

A few observations:

• It appeared that no one was enjoying the unique thrill of playing hockey in Fenway Park more than Terrier Head Coach and Red Sox season ticketholder Jack Parker. He could barely contain his exuberance during pre-game interviews on NESN and commented to Coach York and the referees, "How lucky are we to be involved in this?"

• The “real” Kieran Millan was immense in goal for BU especially in the third as BC frantically attempted to tie the game, displaying the form that led BU’s championship run last season. He earned the game's third star.

• Zach Cohen continues to lift his game and is making life miserable for opposing goalies, setting up shop in front of them. His screens contributed to BU’s first and third goals.

• Chris Connolly played an exceptionally strong game in all three zones and disrupted BC breakout attempts all night.

• BU’s honorary captain was Mike Eruzione. His assistants were Tony Amonte and Travis Roy. BC was represented by Brian Leetch, Craig Janney and Marty McInnis.

• Both teams wore special commemorative jerseys. BU's (see link below) featured "Boston" in large letters in the Red Sox's class typeface with Red Sox-logo style skates on each shoulder. This jersey will not be made available to the public, according to Coach Jack Parker, who designed the jerseys.

Matt Gilroy and his NY Rangers teammate Brian Boyle, a BC All-American, were interviewed between the periods on NESN. The two are rommates when New York is on the road.

• Bernie Corbett’s second intermission interview was Neil Baudette, the Wall Street Journal reporter (and BU alum) who wrote the recent front-page story in the Journal about the Jack Parker-Jerry York rivalry ("Losing is H-E-double hockey sticks for Boston's Icy Odd Couple").
Comprehensive boxscore

Millan Stops 29 as Boston University Edges Boston College
Hendrickson: I’m confused
Hobey in the House

HockeyEastOnline: Recap, photo gallery & link to video highlights
Post-game press comments: Parker, Bonino, Warsofsky (audio)

Post-game press conference: BU & BC coaches and players (video)

Boston Herald
BU captures historic win vs. BC at Fenway
David Warsofsky is golden
BU keeps BC power play at bay
Photo gallery

Boston Globe: Great Outdoors-BU puts freeze on BC in snowy Fenway thriller Fenway game and BU deliver Frigid Fenway: College players get thrills, chills in baseball cathedral BU edges BC, 3-2, in Frozen Fenway; Warsofsky completes a triple crown.

College Hockey News: Terriers top rival, 3-2 (with Parker, Commissioner Bertagna audio)

The Boston Hockey Blog:
Terriers hang on for 3-2 win at Fenway
Warsofsky nets goal in return from WJC
Frozen Fenway commemorative jersey (photos)

Frozen Fenway:what a treat!
Frozen Fenway recap

Inside Hockey —BU tops BC in Frozen FenwayTim Rosenthal: Memories for a lifetime

Inside College Hockey: A Home Run for Warsofsky

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