Sunday, January 20, 2013

Terriers edged by UMass Lowell, 4-3

Terriers dropped their second one-goal game of the weekend, losing to Lowell 4-3. Despite a markedly better performance than Friday night, BU found itself behind 4-1 in the final period, largely due to a 5-on-3 goal for the RiverHawks and a shorthander early in the third. 

BU rallied on a power-play goal by Evan Rodrigues (photo), his third marker of the weekend, and a pretty Cason Hohmann setup of Wade Megan’s 12th goal of the season.  Terriers pressed for the tying goal with several good opportunities. Most of the final six minutes were played shorthanded due to a major penalty to Garrett Noonan for spearing, which also earned him a DQ. With the Lowell goalie down after blocking a shot, Matt Grzelcyk fired the rebound of the cross bar. Ben Rosen, who assisted on Matt Lane’s first period goal, and Ahti Oksanen both clanged iron in the middle period and Matt Nieto nearly knotted the game at two apiece when his bullet shot just miss an open corner of the net. Matt O’Connor stopped 28 Lowell shots.

"Too little too late," said BU coach Jack Parker. "But competitiveness was back in a lot of guys, which is nice."

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Boston Hockey Blog recap and slide show by Michelle Jay/DFO
● USCHO recap

Blog contributor CDRAL reports that former Terriers in attendance included: Keith Tkachuk, Marc Hetnik, Kevin Gilroy, Ross Gaudet, Don Singer, Darrell Abbott, Brian Colllins, Bill Pierce, Tom O'Regan, Dan Ronan, Kevin Schaeffer (accompanied by his father, former pro basketball player Bill Schaeffer), Colby Cohen, Bill Whelton, and legendary BU Coach Jack Kelley, who led the Terriers to its first two NCAA titles in 1971and 1972.

Looking ahead
Kevin Duane scored a goal and an assist in the Junior Bruins 5-3 win against the South Shore Kings.

Looking back
Former BU All-American Tom Poti made his return to the NHL after missing nearly two seasons due to a break in his pelvic bone. The Worcester native rejoined the Washington Caps and tallied an assist in the Caps’ opener, a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

● interview

Kevin Shattenkirk registered a pair of power-play assists in St. Louis 6-0 whitewashing of Detroit.

Brian Strait, claimed on waivers by the New York Islanders was in the lineup for the team’s opening game, a 2-1 loss to New Jersey. Strait, who had spent most of three seasons with Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, made 12 regular season starts and four playoffs starts for the Pens last season.
● Lighthouse hockey report

It was a three-dog night in Nashville, with Colin Wilson and Brandon Yip skating for the Predators and veteran Adrian Aucoin patrolling the Columbus blueline in the Blue Jackets 3-2 win

Alex Chiasson scored a pair of goals for Texas in a 6-4 win over Chicago Friday; last night he had a goal and an assist in the Stars' 8-4 thumping of Peoria.

Former Terrier Kevin Gilroy has switched sports and is working for the NFL Miami Dolphins in operations.

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