Saturday, October 25, 2008
BOSTON UNIVERSITY ROLLS PAST MICHIGAN, 7-2
Lawrence scores twice, Wilson posts three assists for BU
BOSTON, Mass. - Powered by a pair of goals from senior Jason Lawrence and three assists from sophomore Colin Wilson, the No. 6/7 Boston University men's ice hockey team rolled to a 7-2 win over No. 5 Michigan on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. The Terriers went 5-for-9 on the power play to improve to 4-1 this season. Freshman Kieran Millan stopped 15 shots between the pipes for BU as the Terriers held a 32-17 advantage in shots on goal.
BU scored twice in each of the first two periods to jump out to a commanding 4-0 lead. Michigan got on the board under six minutes into the third, but the Terriers tallied three of the game's final four goals to tie their Agganis Arena single-game record of seven goals.
Sophomore Nick Bonino and freshman Chris Connolly each recorded a goal and an assist, while senior Brandon Yip and sophomore Kevin Shattenkirk were each credited with a pair of assists.
The Wolverines, who fell to 4-2 on the year with the loss, got goals from freshman Robbie Czarnik and sophomore Louie Caporusso. Senior Billy Sauer started in goal and made 19 saves in the first two periods before yielding to sophomore Bryan Hogan, who made six stops in the third.
In addition to the five power-play goals, the Terriers killed off their first seven penalties and allowed the visitors to go just 2-for-12 on the power play.
The first period was highlighted by the first career goals of BU freshmen Kevin Gilroy and Connolly. While charging to the net, Gilroy elevated a rebound off a Bonino shot past Sauer to open the scoring at 15:01. Connolly followed suit when he helped to cause a turnover parallel to the crease and beat Sauer on a power play at 18:49. Yip assisted on both goals.
The Terriers converted two of their three power-play opportunities in the second, beginning with Lawrence's first tally of the night at 6:52 of the stanza. Wilson started the play with a rush up the left side before trading passes with senior Chris Higgins and finding Lawrence along the right crease for the goal.
Freshman Colby Cohen scored his first goal of the season at 17:20 of the second when he wristed a puck past Sauer from the slot following slick passing from Wilson and Shattenkirk.
Czarnik ruined Millan's shutout bid in the second minute of play in the third when he snuck the puck inside the right post from the right circle after a drop-off pass from sophomore Aaron Palushaj. Fellow sophomore Chad Langlais also assisted on the play.
The Wolverines were not able to use their first goal to ignite any chance of a comeback, as the Terriers struck at 5:49 and 12:52 of the third with goals from Lawrence and Bonino, respectively, to make it a 6-1 contest.
Lawrence's second tally came with a man advantage and was the result of some tic-tac-toe passing from Shattenkirk and Wilson. Bonino's goal was even-strength and came off assists from freshman David Warsofsky and senior Matt Gilroy.
The teams traded power-play goals in the final minutes with Caporusso providing Michigan's second goal at 16:43 before junior Brian Strait closed out the scoring with his first marker of the year at 17:32 on assists by senior John McCarthy and Connolly.
With 21 seconds remaining in regulation, the teams scuffled after a whistle and the resulting penalties included fighting majors and game disqualifications for BU freshman Vinny Saponari and Michigan junior Brian Lebler.
The Terriers will kick off a three-game road stretch when they return to action on Friday (Nov. 1) for a Hockey East contest at Vermont. Game time is set for 7 p.m.