|When push came to shove in this Hockey East clash, Danny Dries (right) and New Hampshire were able to fend off Dean Strong and Vermont. (Josh Gibney/Associated Press)|
Parker joins 800 club as Terriers roll into Beanpot
Winning never gets old for Jack Parker.
Three nights before it begins its quest for a 29th Beanpot title, Boston University presented its coach with his 800th career victory.
Matt Gilroy, Brandon Yip, and Colby Cohen scored, and freshman Kieran Millan made 24 saves as the second-ranked Terriers subdued Merrimack, 3-1, last night in North Andover.
"I'm old," replied Parker when asked what the milestone meant. "I've been here a long time - that's the reason you get 800 wins. I've also had over these 36 seasons some fabulous assistant coaches who have [recruited] some great players."
Parker, 63, became the third college hockey coach to reach the milestone. Ron Mason won 924 games from 1966-2002 with Lake Superior State, Bowling Green, and Michigan State. Current Boston College coach Jerry York, whose Eagles tied Providence College last night, has 814 wins in a 37-year career that also included stints with Clarkson and Bowling Green.
A Somerville native who played center for Catholic Memorial and BU, Parker is the first coach to reach 800 victories with one school. Of No. 800, he said he was "pleased I didn't have to wait [until the Beanpot]."
BU (19-5-1, 12-5-1 Hockey East) has won 12 of its last 14 games (12-1-1).
Rob Ricci brought Merrimack (5-15-3, 2-13-2) within 2-1 when he redirected a shot by Pat Bowen past Millan early in the third.
But Cohen's slapper beat Andrew Braithwaite three minutes later, restoring the Terriers' momentum. BU scored twice on 12 power-play opportunities and killed off Merrimack's seven power plays.
UMass 6, Northeastern 4 - The third-ranked Huskies couldn't break the Mullins Center hex, falling to 0-10-1 in Amherst since beating the Minutemen Dec. 6, 1997.
Alex Berry scored twice, James Marcou contributed four assists, and Paul Dainton made 35 saves to lead UMass (11-11-3, 6-7-3 Hockey East).
Ryan Ginand, Hockey East's Player of the Week last week, scored twice and added an assist for the Huskies (17-6-2, 13-4-1), who will face BC in the Beanpot nightcap Monday.
BC 2, PC 2 - A visit to The Heights during the week from NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin provided inspiration for the 11th-ranked Eagles, but they couldn't put enough pucks past Alex Beaudry (27 saves) to earn 2 points.
BC (11-8-4, 7-7-4 Hockey East) held on for a point after Brock Bradford tied the game at 2 on a power play late in the second period.
Kyle Kucharski put the Eagles ahead early in the first period, but Daniel New and Nick Mazzolini responded for PC (6-14-3, 3-10-3).
UNH 3, Vermont 2 - Rebounding from a pair of losses to BU last weekend, the host Wildcats toppled the Catamounts on a power-play goal by freshman defenseman Blake Kessel, brother of the Bruins' Phil Kessel, with 2:02 to play.
Goals by Paul Thompson (second period) and Alan Thompson (third) put the 13th-ranked Wildcats (12-8-4, 8-6-3 Hockey East) in the lead. But Jack Downing and Viktor Stalberg answered for No. 6 Vermont (14-6-4, 9-5-3).
UMass-Lowell 3, Maine 2 - The visiting River Hawks (12-12, 9-8 Hockey East) won their third straight, getting a go-ahead goal from Kory Falite at 6:26 of the third period and holding on to edge the Black Bears (10-12-3, 5-9-2).
Yale 3, Princeton 1 - Sean Backman scored twice and Mark Arcobello netted the decisive goal in the second period for the 18th-ranked Bulldogs (14-5-1, 9-3-1 ECAC) in their victory over the host Tigers (14-6-0, 8-5-0).
Dartmouth 5, Rensselaer 2 - Scott Fleming scored the winner in the third period and set up Adam Estoclet's insurance goal, leading the 20th-ranked Big Green (11-7-2, 8-4-1 ECAC) past the visiting Engineers (6-18-2, 5-8-1).
Holy Cross 5, UConn 3 - Freshman Jay Silvia scored the go-ahead goal in the third period for the visiting Crusaders (9-11-5, 8-8-3 Atlantic Hockey), who rallied from a three-goal deficit.
Bentley 6, Army 0 - Anthony Canzoneri scored twice and added an assist, and Joe Calvi stopped 32 shots for the visiting Falcons (12-12-1, 10-8-1 Atlantic Hockey).
BU 3, Vermont 2 - After squandering two leads, the Terriers (12-9-5, 9-6-0 Hockey East) went ahead to stay on Gina Kearns's goal at 17:02 of the third period in a victory over the Catamounts (5-21-1, 3-11-1) at Walter Brown Arena.
Harvard 5, Union 1 - Katharine Chute tied her career high with 3 points, scoring twice and adding an assist for the visiting Crimson (9-7-3, 9-4-2) in their victory over the Dutchwomen (2-22-3, 0-14-1).
Maine 4, NU 2 - Myriam Croussette scored twice for the host Black Bears (5-18-2, 2-11-1 Hockey East). Alyssa Wohlfeiler and Katy Applin scored for the Huskies (10-12-2, 5-8-0).
Globe correspondent Kevin Edelson contributed to this report.