Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weekend Recap- BU takes HE QF in 3

So after 11 periods or 229 minutes and 42 seconds of hockey, BU advanced to play in the HE semifinals Friday against Maine. BU beat UNH 2-1 after the Wildcats gave BU all they could handle including jumping out to a 4-1 lead halfway through the game tonight before giving up 4 straight goals. UNH's season is now over and their hillbilly fans will have to fire up their houses and drive them back to New Hampshire. They continue to have won zero meaningful games and always find new ways to lose them. Let's go through each game this weekend one by one though.

Friday, BU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a great play from Matt Nieto to feed Alex Chiasson for a goal. UNH controlled play really from there on out and answered with goals from Nick Sorkin and Kevin Goumas(who is a prick by the way). BU tied it up on a great breakaway goal from Kevin Gilroy where he was very patient before making the move to his backhand. He was sprung by freshman Alexx Privitera. The game remained tied until double overtime when UNH scored on a flukey wrap around that hit Millan's pad and jumped over his shoulder. It was a tough loss to take as Millan made 47 saves in the defeat, which was a new record. UNH freshman forward Grayson Dowling scored the game winner which put BU in a 1-0 hole in the series.

Saturday night, BU scored first once again and never trailed as they held leads of 1-0(on a Chris Connolly PP goal) and 2-1 (on a break away Sahir Gill goal) before finally putting away UNH 4-2 on Matt Nieto and Ryan Santana goals in the third. UNH responded to each of BU's first 2 goals with a goal of their own thanks to a snipe by their lead douche Stevie Moses and a pp goal by Connor Hardowa. BU controlled play from there. Gill's goal was sprung by a great pass by Patrick "Truck" MacGregor. Kieran Millan only made 35 saves in this win which would be his low total of the weekend.

Tonight, BU scored first once again as Evan Rodrigues scored on a slick move after a UNH goal had just been called back due to a high stick. UNH then took control of the game and scored the next four goals- 2 from Casey Thrush, Greg Burke, and Mike Borisenok. UNH looked like they were running away with the game. Jack Parker called a timeout for the Terriers and seemed to give them an earful on the bench. Whatever he said seemed to wake them up as they played improved hockey for the rest of the period. Specifically, junior assistant captain Justin Courtnall really seemed to energize the rest of the team as he came out looking to hit guys and did so for 3 or 4 straight shifts without taking a penalty. During that period to end the second period, BU scored two goals, both off the stick of Garrett Noonan, who is now tied for the nation lead in goals by a defenseman with 16. BU continued the intensity into the third as Wade Megan scored his 19th 30 seconds into the third to knot it up at 4. It would stay tied until 7:42 into double overtime when Alex Chiasson potted the game winner off a Wade Megan rebound. Kieran Millan made 68 saves in all breaking his own record and is now 7 saves away from setting a HE tournament record. It was a huge gut check for this team and a great way for the seniors to leave Agganis Arena. That group includes Millan, Grant Rollheiser, captain Chris Connolly, Ryan Ruikka, Kevin Gilroy and likely Chiasson who will most likely go pro at the conclusion of the season.

This was a great win and now BU looks forward to return to the Garden for the semifinals against Maine at 8 pm. BU jumped into a t-4 tie in the pairwise with the win.We will keep the posts churning out with spring break being this week leading up to the Garden on Friday. Until then, Maine sucks! Go BU!

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