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  • cdral320
    Mar 3, 2013
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      To all:
      On an evening when the school was honoring Coach Parker's 40 years as a head coach and the team had an opportunity to leapfrog in the league standings to a tie for second first place (albeit one where two of the three teams hold the tiebreaker), Vermont chose to spoil the party as they jumped to a 2-0 lead and never looked back with a 5-2 win.
      Cats scored a shorthanded goal 3:24 into the game as a puck hopped behind the point men into the neutral zone and Vermont's Matt White popped it in past Sean Maguire. Brett Bruneateau was credited with a goal at the 6:35 mark when it appeared a centering pass deflected in a crowd in front of the net past Maguire to make it 2-0. Terriers scored a power play goal at 17:54 as Danny O'Regan found Matt Nieto down near the  end line RW and he beat Brody Hoffman high near (glove) side. At that point Nieto had accounted for the last 6 goals in 3 games.  Terriers had 2 other excellent chances but Hoffman robbed both Nieto on a backhand attempt  at 6:20 seconds before the Cats scored  and Evan Rodrigues on a 2 on 1 at 7:29 both excellent glove saves. Period ended 2-1 and shots were Vermont 13 and BU 11. Cats appeared to be hungrier, seemed to be playing with a greater sense of urgency, and in essence were "mission driven."
      As the second period began, it was hoped that Nieto's goal might give some momentum coming out of the chute. Michael Paliotta took a lot of the air out of the balloon at 0:39 when his screened shot from the right point gave the Cats a 3-1 lead and would prove to be the winning goal. Cats in my estimation essentially had the territorial edge in both the second and third periods. At the end of two Terriers trailed 3-1 and shots were UVM 29 and BU  19. Maguire stood tall in robbing Anthony Decenzo at the 16:56 mark as he cut in front alone.
      At 7:29 of the third Garrett Noonan brought the Terriers to within 1 with a slap shot from the right point assisted by Sahir Gill and Evan Rodrigues  that clanged off the far post and in while the Terriers were shorthanded and a delayed penalty on the Cats was in the offing. Play was reviewed as Rodrigues had been hauled down in the crease by  a defender. Score stood and play continued. Terriers were unable to capitalize on 2 power plays and held the Terriers to 9 shots. Hoffman was more than equal to the task. At 18:22 Kyle Reynolds worked his way thru the defense and placed a backhander to the near post past Maguire to add an insurance goal and Chris McCarthy added an empty net goal. After misfiring he stripped a defender of the puck behind the net and tapped it in. Final shots were UVM 13 and a game total of 42 and BU 9 for a total of 28.
      Between periods one and two the school honored Coach Parker with a nice video montage and the presentation of a framed portrait of his first team (1973-74) and his 40th.    Several players from that  first team attended including: Eddie Walsh, Buddy Powers, John McClellan, Stan Mescon, and Billy Buckton. Others sent well wishes.
      In addition to the aforementioned players from the 1973-74 team, other Terriers present included: Marc Hetnik, John Danby, Tim Regan, Bill Whelton, Mike Pomichter, Dale Dunbar, Brian Durocher, and Mike Grier. Apologies to any I missed.
      Speaking of Brian Durocher, the Lady Terriers defeated UConn and advance to Hockey East Semifinals at Cape Cod next Saturday. Terriers will play Providence while BC will play NU in the semifinal games. Title will be decided on Sunday.
      As for the men:Today Lowell will play Merrimack to finish the weekend schedule. A win by Lowell vaults them into first place heading into the final weekend A win for Merrimack will place them 1 point ahead of the Terriers into 5th place. A Lowell win would allow BU to maintain 5th place heading into the final weekend.
      Thoughts: Terriers have a clear mission. They need to sweep last place NU in order to have a shot at home ice in the upcoming playoffs. This should provide ample motivation itself but add to the fact that the Terriers lost twice to the cellar dwelling Huskies should add to the motivation. They must come out of the chute focused and flying; no excuses to be flat knowing the stakes are this high. One positive piece from last night's game was that they had but 4 penalties. Continued focus on staying out of the box and avoiding bad penalties should be a goal within the overall goal of winning both games in what essentially is post season conditions.
      Until next time please be well.
      Chris Henes
      BU Hockey Alumni