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BU 4, Maine 3

BU turns tide, tips Maine

By Dan Hickling
Globe Correspondent / January 29, 2011

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ORONO, Maine — Sometimes chippy, sometimes wacky, but never dull.

Such was the 4-3 triumph notched by 16th-ranked Boston University over No. 11 Maine last night in a meeting of Hockey East rivals before 4,228 at Alfond Arena.

David Warsofsky scored at 3:43 of the third period — on a one-timer from the slot off of Alex Chiasson’s centering feed — to settle an affair that had as many twists as one of the logging roads found nearby.

“All plays in hockey are spontaneous,’’ said Warsofsky, a Boston Bruins prospect. “It’s kind of heat of the moment. You’ve been doing it your whole life, so you don’t think about it too much. Luckily he made a good pass, and I was able to get a good shot off.’’

Warsofsky was at the end of his shift, and for a moment, BU coach Jack Parker contemplated sending a replacement over the boards.

“I was fine,’’ Warsofsky said. “He might have seen me look over, but whenever there’s an opportunity offensively, I want to step up.’’

It’s a crucial two-game weekend set between the schools, both trying to push their way into the NCAA Tournament picture.

“Obviously it was a tough loss for us,’’ said Maine coach Tim Whitehead. “There were a lot of swings in momentum. We had some great looks. The game can be cruel sometimes.’’

After being outplayed through early stretches of the first period, the Terriers (12-7-6, 9-5-4) shook loose to take a 1-0 lead at 11:52: on Corey Trivino’s fifth goal of the season. With the teams skating four per side, Trivino sped through the neutral zone as he took Max Nicastro’s pass in full stride. Trivino shook free from the last defender and then lashed a 10-footer over the shoulder of Maine sophomore goaltender Shawn Sirman.

Sirman stoned Chiasson on a breakaway early in the second period, and soon after the Black Bears (11-7-5, 8-5-3) exploded for three goals in a 1:12 span.

The first two came just 21 seconds apart, both by Spencer Abbott (Nos. 13 and 14) and both coming from the right circle.

The first came on a slapper that beat BU goalie Kieran Millan short side at 5:24. Then, after speeding to the same spot, Abbott faked the slap shot and fooled Millan with a wrister.

Tanner House followed with a power-play goal at 6:36 to make it 3-1.

At that point, Parker used his timeout, to great effect.

“I just said, ‘It’s 3-1 and we’re playing really well. Relax and go play again,’ ’’ Parker said.

The Terriers followed his orders, and soon had an outburst of their own as Chiasson (from his knees) and Wade Megan both scored in the span of 28 seconds to knot the score again.

“Getting that Chiasson goal was the turning point, I thought,’’ said Parker. “One of our No. 1 rules is don’t beat yourself. We took some penalties in the third period that put a very dangerous power play on the ice. We did a good job killing it.’’

After Warsofsky’s goal, his second of the year, Millan pulled off several key stops to lock up the win, among them Gustav Nyquist’s try from the right post with 11:09 remaining.