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    To all: The Terriers opened 2013 with largely a lethargic performance but were able to right themselves for the final 10 minutes of play and overtime to escape
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2013
      To all:
      The Terriers opened 2013 with largely a lethargic performance but were able to right themselves for the final 10 minutes of play and overtime to escape with a 3-2 overtime win over RPI before 4581 fans. With Captain Wade Megan out with an injury and defenseman Alex Priivitera sitting out as a result of a penalty against Denver which resulted in a suspension for the next game, Terriers juggled their already thin assets.
      First 8 or 9 minutes RPI carried the play and clearly had more energy than the sluggish Terriers. A lost faceoff and some aggressive play by RPI in winning one on one battles set up Ryan Haggerty in the slot and he beat Sean Maguire cleanly giving the Engineers a 1-0 lead midway through the period. Terriers tied it at 15:07 as Mike Moran came out of the corner and drove to the net attempting to jam the puck past the goalie, Bryce Merriam. Merriam made the stop but the puck popped out in front and Ryan Santana roofed it for his first goal of the year. Game was tied at 1 at the end of the period and RPI had a 13-9 edge in shots.
      RPI  scored the lone goal of the 2nd period taking advantage of the inability of the Terriers to clear the puck as well as the team basically standing around allowing the Engineers to set up shop and CJ Lee found the range from the slot at 14:43. While BU out shot the Engineers 14-10, for the most part RPI carried the action and the Terriers were simply sluggish.
      Terriers tied it at 5:30 of the third as Garrett Noonan went to the net and was turned back by Merriam. Sahir Gill corralled the rebound and put it past Merriam. Terriers finally got energized and essentially controlled the final 10 minutes of play, moving well without the puck, going to the net and playing like they wanted to win it. Terriers held a 15-4 advantage in shots for the period and a 38-27 advantage through regulation.
      Early in the overtime Maguire made two stops one with the pad reaching back  and the follow up shot with his glove at 1:14. Terriers Cason Hohmann won it as he broke 2 on 1 into the zone. He faked a defender who went down and then held the puck before coming to a stop and picking the top corner glove side.
      Final shots on goal were BU 3 for a total of 41, and RPI 2 for a total of 29. Far from pretty it nevertheless was a much needed win coning off of the lackluster performance against Denver.
      Three Stars were # 3 Santana BU; #2 Bryce Merriam RPI goalie, and #1 Cason Hohmann BU
      Thoughts: Team continues to struggle to manufacture offense. Our goals in regulation were the result of hard work and going to the net. Power play was 0 for 5 and while mustering 8 shots on net needs more work to establish crispness and puck movement. One positive was only 2 penalty minutes after amassing 56 in the Denver game. Jake Moscatel seeing his first action at RW fit in quite well with the hard working 4th line.
      Next up another non conference game against Harvard at Agganis on Wednesday night January 9th with a 7 p.m. face off.
      Former Terriers in attendance included: Blaine Maus, Peter Marshall, Marc Hetnik, Tom O'Regan, Bob Lachance, Jerry August, Billy Pierce, Scott Lachance, Brian Durocher, and Scott Manty. Apologies to any I may have missed.
      Until next time, please be safe and well.
      Chris Henes
      BU Hockey Alumni 1973
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