BOSTON - Powered by a three-goal third period, Boston University
completed a weekend sweep of Maine with a 5-2 victory at Agganis Arena on
With the win, the Terriers are tied with Massachusetts for the
fourth and final home-ice spot in Hockey East, and are over .500 for the first
time all season.
“I told my team after the game that the greatest thing about
this game tonight is that it put us over .500 for the first time this year,” BU
coach Jack Parker said. “It’s been a long struggle with the way we started out
to get to this point. Everybody played extremely well. Everybody chipped in
when they had to.”
Senior Zach Cohen (1g, 1a) scored what proved to be the
game-winner when he broke a 2-2 tie 5:33 into the final stanza. Sophomore David
Warsofsky took a pass from senior Eric Gryba (1g, 2a) and rifled a slap shot
from the point, resulting in a big rebound that Cohen was able to settle and
lift under the crossbar for his 11th goal of the season.
Junior Nick Bonino doubled the lead two minutes later when
he threw a pass in front that deflected off Maine defenseman Jeff Dimmen’s (2 goals)
skate and past Scott Darling (31 saves) for his eighth goal. Gryba stuck the
dagger in the Black Bears when he ripped a slapper past Darling with 18 seconds
to go for his third marker of the season.
“Last night, too, they tied it 2-2 and then it was 4-3, but
everybody still had the confidence, and everybody was still driving to the net
and making hard plays,” Cohen said. “The first half of the year, we would’ve
been down and out, not thinking that we could’ve kept going. But these past 12
games or so since we got back from break, we’ve played real well.”
The biggest reason BU was able to take over the game in the
third was the number of penalties Maine took. The Black Bears took five
straight penalties to close out the game, and the goals by Cohen and Gryba both
came on the man advantage.
“The penalties cost us,” Maine coach Tim Whitehead said.
“That was the difference in the game.”
Whitehead expressed disappointment not only in his team for
taking the penalties, but also in the referees for some of the calls they
didn’t make against BU throughout the night.
“I’m disappointed that embellishment wasn’t called at the
beginning of the game, because that would’ve put a stop to the embellishment,”
he said. “Obviously, the officials and I don’t agree on how that should be
called. That would make a big difference not just in this game, but in a lot of
games in this league.
“You can still call the penalty, whether it’s a hook or
whatever, but if you call embellishment in the first period, then the players
will stop embellishing. That was a factor, obviously. It’s not why we lost, but
it certainly contributed.”
The Terriers took a 1-0 lead 4:29 into the game on sophomore
Corey Trivino’s fourth goal of the season. After a Maine defender deflected a
pass by Cohen, Trivino collected a loose puck in the slot and beat Darling
stick-side with a quick snap shot.
Trivino left the game in the third period with a high ankle
sprain after crashing feet-first into the end boards. A timetable has not been
set for his return, Parker said.
Despite BU controlling play for most of the period, the
teams entered the first intermission tied 1-1 after Dimmen gathered the puck at
the right point, walked toward the middle and fired a slap shot through a
screen for his seventh goal.
The Terriers recaptured the lead midway through the second.
Junior Joe Pereira (3a) centered a pass for sophomore Chris Connolly, who cut
across the slot from left to right and beat Darling with an against-the-grain
backhander that snuck inside the left post.
Dimmen tied it with 6:51 remaining in the middle frame after
executing a pretty give-and-go with Hobey Baker candidate Gustav Nyquist (2a).
But the Black Bears had no answer for the Terriers in the final 20 minutes.
“It’s huge for us,” Gryba said of taking four points on the
weekend. “It’s going to help our confidence so much going down the final
stretch here. We’re feeling really good about ourselves. Guys have a lot of
confidence in each other.”