Terriers keep up beat
BC falls to BU for second time
If you had told Boston University coach Jack Parker that his team would beat Boston College at Conte Forum twice by a combined score of 10-3 in their first two meetings this season, he probably would have thought you were joking, insane, or had just beamed down from another planet.
But that’s exactly what the Terriers have done, shocking the third-ranked Eagles, 5-3, last night despite being outshot by a whopping 45-15.
It marks the first time that BU has beaten BC back-to-back at Kelley Rink since the 1993-94 season.
Despite the victory, which was the Terriers’ fifth straight and clinched the season series for No. 13 BU (8-4-1, 6-3-1 Hockey East), Parker didn’t see a lot from either team that impressed him after the opening 20 minutes. The teams combined for 79 minutes in penalties, which made for a long, sloppy night.
“I thought the first period was as good as it gets, up and down the ice, making good plays, people being smart,’’ said Parker. “After that, I thought the game deteriorated. [BC] was diving all over the place . . . they dove and got some penalties but we took some stupid penalties, too. Pathetic, that stuff that’s going on out there, absolutely pathetic. Then we tried to give the game away. It’s just a recurring theme with this club of mine that they won’t finish people off.
“The only reason why that game wasn’t a hell of a lot closer was because [goalie] Kieran Millan [42 saves] played unbelievable. Our core of defensemen played really well but I couldn’t give you three forwards on our team - I thought Charlie Coyle and [Matt] Nieto played well. It would be a stretch to find somebody else.’’
BC went into the game with extra incentive after a 5-0 drubbing by BU Nov. 13. But despite the lopsided shot total, the Eagles (10-5-0, 7-3-0) couldn’t keep up. BC was 2 for 11 on the power play.
BU got on the board in the first period with five seconds remaining on the man advantage. Junior defenseman Max Nicastro did an excellent job of keeping the puck in the BC zone. He moved the puck up the left-wing boards to Nieto. For some reason, Coyle was left to wheel around in the left circle and he got the puck from Nieto. He spun a forehander from the inside edge of the left circle past junior netminder Parker Milner at 10:15.
BU made it 2-0 at 17:03 when freshman blue liner Alexx Privitera delivered a long lead pass to freshman right wing Yasin Cisse, who raced in for his first collegiate goal.
Sophomore defenseman Garrett Noonan made it a three-goal bulge at 13:21 of the second when he fired a knuckling puck past Milner for his fifth goal of the season. Stunningly, it was the only shot of the period for the Terriers, while the Eagles had 23.
BC cut into the deficit during a power play. Captain Tommy Cross threw the puck down from the right point and sophomore center Bill Arnold directed it past Millan to make it a 3-1 game at 16:59.
Just 33 seconds later, it appeared BC had another goal. Freshman left wing Johnny Gaudreau threw the puck into the crease from outside the right post, but during the scramble in front, the officials said there was an intent to blow the whistle after they apparently lost sight of the puck, even though it appeared it was never tied up. It was ruled no goal.
The Terriers scored again at the eight-minute mark of the third, taking advantage of a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct to BC center Pat Mullane for hitting from behind.
Junior defenseman Sean Escobedo, positioned at the left point, threw the puck in front to freshman center Cason Hohmann, who stickhandled nicely at the right post and beat Milner for his first collegiate goal.
BC’s second tally came at 14:34 when senior defenseman Edwin Shea threw the puck down from the point and junior Chris Kreider tipped it in front.
Senior Corey Trivino made it 5-2 with an empty-netter with 3:03 remaining, and BC got its third with 2:44 left, on senior Barry Almeida’s shot from just outside the right post during a power play.
The teams play again tonight at Agganis Arena.
BC coach Jerry York expects his team to finish more.
“I thought our club created a lot of good opportunities, we just have to bury some chances,’’ said York. “We created chances, which is so markedly different than three weeks ago. The bottom line is you don’t count saves by goaltenders to determine who wins the game. You have to cash in on opportunities.’’
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.