950BU HOCKEY UPDATE - TERRIERS WIN 5-0-HOST MERRIMACK IN HE QUARTERFINALS
- Mar 10, 2013To all:This will be brief. Terriers behind 26 saves from Sean Maguire and goals from Sahir Gill (2), Dan O'Regan, Matt Nieto and Evan Rodrigues, shut out NU 5-0 and when all of the dust cleared finished in 3rd place in Hockey East and will host Merrimack in the quarterfinals this upcoming week at Agganis ArenaPrior to the opening face off, NU's seniors were recognized as playing their final game for the Huskies. Terriers controlled period one dominating play and out shooting the Huskies 11-2. In fact NU did not get their first shot on goal until the 18:06 mark in the period. One goal was scored as Evan Rodrigues in the RW circle fed Dan O'Regan at the bottom of the left circle and he finished it with what proved to be the Game Winner.Second period was even and while neither team scored NU had the edge in shots on goal 10-9. Concern was if you let a team "hang around" you could be in trouble come period 3.Danny O'Regan returned the favor early in the third when he fed Evan Rodrigues in the slot and he beat Chris Rawlings high glove side from the slot. Matt Nieto completed the goal scoring (with the Terriers having an extra attacker on a delayed penalty call. O'Regan found him at the bottom of the right circle and he beat Rawlings at 12:52. Sean Escobedo also assisted. BU scored on the powerplay less than a minute later when Matt Grzelcyk sent Sahir Gill up the left wing. Gill briefly fell to his knees but regained his feet and beat Rawlings 5 hole. Escobedo also assisted. Finally Gill scored the final goal when skating in front of the net he re-directed a shot/pass from Matt Ronan (his first Terrier point) past Rawlings. NU again outshot the Terriers 14-11. Final shots were BU 31 and NU 26. 3 stars were: #3 Sahir Gill, #2 Sean Maguire, and #1 Danny O'Regan.The seniors: Jake Moscatel, Ben Rosen, CPT Wade Megan, Ryan Ruikka, Sean Escobedo, Ryan Santana,and video coordinator J.P. Buckley were honored at center ice in the annual senior night ceremonies.Thoughts: Playoffs are set Lowell#1 hosting Maine#8, BC #2 playing UVM #7, BU #3 hosting Merrimack #6, and Providence #4 hosting UNH #5.Sean Maguire played a solid game in the net doing a nice job and not leaving many rebounds. Team played better in front of him but must avoid penalties.Line of Rodrigues, O'Regan, and Nieto has scored 42 goals ( 39.6%) of the teams 106 goals and has been on fire lately.With the loss of Matt O'Connor to a collapsed lung and Garrett Noonan (shoulder) the team has no back up players currently on the roster heading into playoffs. We certainly wish both a speedy and full recovery.Terriers swept Merrimack but we all know how difficult it is to beat a team 5 times in a season so they are not to be taken lightly.