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  • cdral320
    Mar 15, 2013
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      Before a sparse crowd of 2768, the Terriers survived a sluggish first period and won the opener in the best of three series with Merrimack 3-0.
      Early on the team seemed to be out of sync and had several turnovers that Merrimack was unable to take advantage of. Terriers out shot Merrimack 13-7 and both goalies played well. Sean Maguire had a nice glove save on a streaking Justin Mansfield coming down the left wing at 12:54 and 2 minutes later stopped a Merrimack bid after the forward got in around the defense.
      Second Period began and the Terriers appeared to have scored at the 1:15 mark but the officials disallowed the bid as the result of a man in the crease. After review, the on ice call stood.Wade Megan scored the first goal and (game winner) when he redirected an Ahti Oksanen shot past Sam Marotta at 6:10. Pat MacGregor also  assisted. Team got a little breathing room at 16:48 when Matt Nieto took a cross ice pass from Evan Rodrigues in the slot and beat Marotta. Oksanen fed Rodrigues who cruised through the slot and controlling the puck circled to the right wing boards before sliding it to Nieto. Period ended 2-0 BU and shots were 15-11 in favor of the Terriers.
      Period #3 was punctuated by a parade of penalties, in fact the last 5 minutes of play saw 6 players in the box (4 Merrimack, 2 BU) and it appeared the game might get out of hand. Ryan Santana had the lone goal on a power play 55 seconds in as he did a great job from a scrum in front with Dan O'Regan and Matt Nieto assisting. Shots were BU 17 for a game total of 45 and Merrimack 12 for a game total of 30.
      Three stars were #3 Ahti Oksanen BU, #2 Sean Maguire BU, and #1 Matt Nieto.
      Thoughts: Merrimack tried to intimidate the Terriers but it did not work. Nevertheless in tonight's game#2 the Terriers must be careful to stay out of the box and avoid retaliatory penalties. Team has to be a bit more careful in terms of puck protection in the defensive end and be a bit more crisp in their passes.  Maguire was solid posting his 2nd straight shutout.
      In other games, Lowell defeated Maine in overtime to advance to the Garden while Providence beat UNH and BC beat Vermont in their respective openers.
      Numerous former Terriers attended including: Marc Hetnik, Tom O'Regan, Jim Higgins, Willie Quinn, Brian Durocher, Mike O'Connell, Dennis O'Connell, Dave Delorey, Steve McBride, Jim Wood, Kevin O'Sullivan, Bob Murray, Mike Eruzione, Mike Grier, Travis Roy, Blaine Maus, Dan Ronan, Jason Lawrence, and Kevin Schaeffer. Apologies to any I may have missed.
      Reminder tonight's game (Saturday) is at 7 p.m. and the Women's team hosts Clarkson at 3 p.m. in an NCAA Quarterfinal game.
      Until next time, be safe and well.
      Chris Henes
      BU Hockey Alumni