Monday, December 10, 2012
HS has your interesting Maine recap from Saturday night here. BU knocked off #1 UNH back on Thursday night by a 3-2 score. BU jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind goals from Wade Megan, Sahir Gill and Sam Kurker. Megan's goal was a typical goal for the captain as he kept poking and jabbing at a rebound from a Matt Grzelcyk shot and eventually put it past Casey DeSmith. It remained 1-0 until Sahir Gill scored his 2nd goal of the season off a great pass from Cason Hohmann on a 2 on 1, which was set up by a nice pass by Garrett Noonan. BU made it 3-0 later in the second when freshman Sam Kurker bounced a shot past DeSmith to give BU a 3-0 lead. This was exactly what they needed as I said in my preview. They needed to get out to a lead because UNH just doesn't allow goals in the 3rd this year. UNH added 2 goals from Kevin Gouma and John Henrion but could not score over the last 8:06 as BU killed 8 of 9 powerplays including one with 2:07 remaining. The team competed extremely hard and has to be happy to get out of Durham while handing UNH their first home loss of the season. Matt O'Connor was once again huge for this team and together with Sean Maguire's second consecutive shutout on Saturday, there is alot to like about this goalie tandem. O'Connor has been seeing more time but I would think it is going to become a true rotation for the second half as it has become a healthy rivalry.
BU beat Maine on Saturday and now head into the break at 10-5-0(8-4-0) while UNH heads in 11-2-2 and most likely will have only been #1 for one week in the popular, but unimportant polls. This will both their fanbase as it was their claim to fame last week. Nothing like being ranked #1 in December eh? BU has now finished their tough portion of the schedule as they have 0 conference games left against BC or UNH who have separated themselves, along with BU from the rest of the conference. These wins the past two weekends over #1 BC and then #1 UNH were huge for confidence but also to stay in the HE regular season race. BU currently sits BU currently sits 3 points back of BC and 1 point back of UNH but UNH has a game in hand in conference. We will have a post recapping those polls along with some review posts on the first half for the Terriers.