Saturday, November 29, 2008
BOSTON UNIVERSITY TOPS ST. LAWRENCE, 4-1
Freshman Kieran Millan makes 24 saves for Terriers
BOSTON - The eighth-ranked Boston University men's ice hockey team kept its perfect non-conference record intact with a 4-1 home victory over St. Lawrence on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. Eleven different Terriers earned at least one point on the night to help the Terriers improve to 9-4-0 on the year and 5-0-0 in non-league play.
Senior Chris Higgins became the 75th Terrier to reach the 100-point plateau when he set-up sophomore Colin Wilson's goal at 14:41 of the second. Senior Brandon Yip, junior Zach Cohen and sophomore Kevin Shattenkirk also found the back of the net for the Terriers, who got a 24-save performance from freshman Kieran Millan.
After Yip opened the scoring at 8:13 of the first, St. Lawrence tied it up just over seven minutes later with a power-play tally by junior Mike McKenzie. Cohen recorded his first career game-winner on a redirect with 13 seconds left in the first and the Terriers tacked on a pair of insurance goals in the second to move to 7-2 on the year at home.
Junior goaltender Kain Tisi made 24 saves on the night for the Saints, who fall to 5-7-1 on the year.
Throughout the night, BU's goals were set up with great passing. The first goal was started by senior John McCarthy who collected the puck along the left boards just outside the St. Lawrence zone and fed sophomore Nick Bonino. The centerman skated towards the goal and sold a shot fake before passing off to Yip, who finished it off at the bottom of the right circle.
Back-to-back penalties by freshman Corey Trivino and Eric Gryba gave the Saints a 36-second 5-on-3 advantage with over five minutes left in the first. The Terriers killed off the two-man advanatage, but were unable to keep the visitors off the board before Gryba's penalty expired.
The equalizer came directly off a face-off win by junior Jeremiah Cunningham in the right circle, as the puck went back to McKenzie, who fired a shot that glazed off a BU defender before finding its way under Millan's left pad at 15:40.
The Terriers regained the lead for good at 19:47 of the first when Cohen redirected a puck from the slot off an attempt from the right point by senior Matt Gilroy. Freshman Vinny Saponari won a battle for the puck in the right corner before sending it up to Gilroy to pick up an assist.
The Saints held a 14-11 shot advantage in the middle period, but Millan turned away everything that made its way to him in the stanza and the Terriers' special teams created a three-goal cushion with both a power-play and shorthanded goal.
With the Saints' Kevin DeVergilio in the penalty box for tripping, Higgins sent a pass from the bottom of the left circle through the goalmouth and right to Wilson, who was positioned just outside the right post for his seventh goal of the season at 14:41 of the second. The goal tied Wilson for the team lead with Higgins.
BU registered its fourth shorthanded goal of the year with 1:08 remaining in the second, as freshman Chris Connolly won a battle for the puck just inside the Terrier zone and passed up the ice to McCarthy, who suddenly had a 2-on-1 rush with Shattenkirk. McCarthy came in from the right side and held the puck until the St. Lawrence defender was forced to commit, enabling him to slide a pass to the left to Shattenkirk, who beat Tisi for his third goal of the season.
The Terriers held onto their three-goal lead the rest of the way, limiting the Saints to only a couple of good chances in the third and staying out of the penalty box the whole period.
BU will close out its six-game homestand on Friday (Dec. 5) when it kicks off a home-and-home weekend series with archrival Boston College. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.