Saturday, January 7, 2012
BU doubles up Merrihack 4-2
The BU men's ice hockey team got back to their winning ways last night with a big 4-2 win over conference foe, Merrimack. The win temporarily moves BU into first in Hockey East with one more game played than BC and one more point. The win also moves BU to its highest place in the pairwise rankings as they moved into t4th with the win. It was huge win for the confidence of this team as they attempted to rebound from a bad 5-2 loss at Notre Dame last weekend. The return of sophomore d-man Adam Clendening was a welcome site to see and a boost for the Teirriers.
The game did not start off ideally as Merrimack jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on Josh Meyers' first collegiate goal. Junior assistant captain Justin Courtnall tied it up 14 seconds later for BU off a rebound of his own shot. This was the second goal in as many games for the junior who seems determined to lift the team and his own play after the two mid season departures. Alex Chiasson took the lead for good for BU on a great powerplay goal on great passes from Chris Connolly and Adam Clendening to set up the goal. BU then hit again on the next man advantage on a great pass through the crease by Matt Nieto to freshman Alexx Privitera who banged home the goal.
In the second period, Merrihack lead goon Kyle Bigos made it 3-2 with a slapper from the point through traffic. That is the last mistake Millan would make though on his way to 42 saves on the night. Sophomore forward Sahir Gill made it 4-2, which was the final, on a great pinch interception and pass from Max NiCastro. The third period was scoreless and the Terriers walked out of Agganis Arena with their 11th win of the year. Millan was solid with 42 saves as was the entire roster. BU was lead by Justin Courtnall as he had a goal and responded to Merrimack goon Kyle Bigos after he took a cheap shot at former Vernon Viper teammate Sahir Gill.
The Terriers improved to 11-6-1 and will return to action next Friday against another hot team in Northeastern who is currently 17 in the pairwise. Matthews Arena will be jammed with the usual class acts who threw trash on the ice at the end of last year's BU win. Saturday night will be another road game at a Boston school, as the Terriers travel to Cambridge to take on Harvard.