Monday, December 2, 2013
Weekend Recap: Terriers take home piece of hardware with RHH win over Cornell
The BU Terriers fought through adversity and found a way to remain undefeated at the biannual Red Hot Hockey event at Madison Square Garden vs the Cornell Big Red with a 3-2 victory Saturday night. Despite being outshot 39-11 and being on the wrong end of some bad officiating, the Terriers gutted out the victory behind goals from Mike Moran, Robbie Baillargeon and Nick Roberto. Matt O'Connor stopped 35 of 37 shots he faced.
Despite the shot totals, I thought the Terriers played well defensively and were great on the penalty kill as Cornell was 0 for 7 while BU was 1 for 2. You would like to seem more sustained zone time offensively and obviously more shots on net but they made the most of their opportunities. Danny O'Regan made a sweet pass for Mike Moran's tap in goal with 2:10 left in the first. The Terriers would extend that lead with goals from Robbie Baillargeon off a great centering pass from Evan Rodrigues and a Nick Roberto powerplay goal off a nice pass from Kevin Duane. The freshmen are starting to score regularly and produce which is no coincidence as BU is now 3-0-1 in their last 4 and 7-6-1 overall.
Cornell scored two goals in the third period to tighten up the game at the end especially as BU once again found itself on the pk with two minutes to go. The first Cornell goal was a redirection off the skate of Cornell's Christian Hillbrich which at the time I thought would be called back. The goal stood as the rule states that there has to be intent to kick the puck for the goal to be disallowed. Cornell scored again with 4 minutes left but couldn't beat Matt O'Connor a third time which resulted in a BU victory and the Kelly-Harkness trophy making it's way to Comm Ave.
BU returns to action this Friday at Merrimack as they look to continue their unbeaten streak with their last 3 games before the semester break.