Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Afternoon/Evening Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

A variety of tournament hockey games occurred this afternoon and evening, and below are their summaries.

Men’s Ice Hockey

Boston University 5, Merrimack College 3 - Ben Rosen netted the go-ahead strike for the Terriers at 5:11 in the third as BU defeated Merrimack and earned a first round series sweep. BU’s Wade Megan, who was one of three players to finish with two points, recorded two assists in the victory, while Merrimack’s Jordan Heywood recorded two assists in the setback.

Boston College 4, Vermont 1 - Johnny GaudreauPat Mullane and Steven Whitney each registered one goal and one assist as the Eagles soared past the Catamounts and earned a first round sweep.   

Women’s Ice Hockey

Boston College 3, Harvard 1 - Alex CarpenterCaitlin Walsh and Haley Skarupa each netted one goal as the Eagles defeated the Crimson in the NCAA quarterfinals. Mary Parker netted the only strike of the afternoon for Harvard, which occurred at 16:00 in the first.

 

Mass. College Hockey: Friday Evening Roundup

Connor Toomey's overtime goal lifted the Warriors past the Minutemen! (Photo Credit: Hockey East)

Connor Toomey’s overtime goal lifted the Warriors past the Minutemen! (Photo Credit: Hockey East)

By Matt Noonan

Another evening of men’s college hockey is in the books and below are the summaries.

Boston College 4, Vermont 4 (OT) – Steven Whitney‘s second goal of the evening in the third helped the Eagles secure a point on the road. Johnny Gaudreau and Destry Straight each netted a goal, while Parker Milner deflected 17 shots between the pipes.

Boston University 4, Northeastern University 2 – Ryan Santana assisted on two of the Terriers goals, Danny O’Regan deposited his 13th strike of the season as BU defeated Northeastern at Matthews Arena. Wade Megan and Adam Reid lit the lamp for the Huskies, while goaltender Chris Rawlings turned away 33 of 37 shots between the pipes.

Providence College 3, UMass Lowell 0 - The Friars received goals from three different skaters that helped them defeat the Red Hawks in Lowell. The hosts, though, outshot the visitors, 31-26, but finished 0 for 5 on the power play. Both squads will tangle tomorrow evening in Providence.

Merrimack College 4, UMass 3 (OT) – Connor Toomey‘s extra session strike lifted the Warriors past the Minutemen in North Andover. UMass rallied to tie the game in the third with goals from Conor Sheary and Rocco Carzo before Toomey secured the win for the hosts at 1:45 in overtime.

Canisius College 4, Bentley University 0 - Preston Shupe netted back-to-back goals during the final frame as the Golden Griffins defeated the Falcons and earned their first win in their Atlantic Hockey Association best-of-three series.

RIT 2, AIC 1 - Despite a tally from Jon Puskar that evened the score, the Tigers responded with the eventual game-winner from Josh Mitchell roughly 16 minutes later as RIT defeated American International and earned their first win their Atlantic Hockey Association best-of-three series.

Harvard 2, Dartmouth 1 - Brian Hart‘s third period goal lifted the Crimson past the Big Green and provided the visitors with their first ECAC first round victory.

61st Boston Beanpot: Harvard Skates Past BU In Consolation Game, 6-4 (Game Summary)

Harvard's Luke Greiner recorded his first hat trick of the season against Boston University! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)

Harvard’s Luke Greiner recorded his first hat trick of the season against Boston University! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – For the second time in three seasons, Boston University and Harvard University skated in the Boston Beanpot consolation game. And similar to the outcome in 2011, the Crimson defeated the Terriers, 7-4.

Harvard’s Luke Greiner recorded his first hat trick of the season, Marshall Everson netted two goals, and Peter Traber turned away 42 shots between the pipes.

BU jumped out two a two-goal advantage thanks to strikes from Mike Moran and Wade Megan before Harvard responded with goals from Dan Ford and Danny Biega, which evened the contest at 2.

Evan Rodrigues provided the Terriers with an early lead during the middle frame at 1:38, but the Crimson responded with three consecutive tallies – two from Greiner and one from Everson, which pushed Harvard ahead for good.

Everson potted his second goal at 3:13 during the final frame to secure Harvard’s third consecutive consolation victory in the last three years.

BU’s Casey Hohmann netted the Terriers’ fourth goal roughly five minutes later, but that didn’t spark a comeback for Jack Parker’s unit.

With the win, Harvard improves to 6-15-2, while BU falls to 13-12-1.

Leftover Thoughts From Day One Of The 60th Boston Beanpot

 

By Matt Noonan 

Here are a few leftover thoughts from Monday’s Boston Beanpot.

* Boston College appeared to be the strongest team in the city on Monday, especially since they defeated a Hockey East conference opponent by six goals.

* Northeastern University appeared dazed and confused, and head coach Jim Madigan stated bluntly that his squad was definitely “schooled.” The Huskies have now lost 12 games this season, and seriously, this has to be one of the most excruciating contests Madigan has ever experienced behind the bench.

* Random thought – did anyone else think that Jerry York’s squad was going to tally 10 goals on the Huskies?

 

* In my honest opinion, Harvard University’s men’s ice hockey team is certainly better than their record, which is 7-7-9. Yet, isn’t it quite amazing that the Crimson have nine ties this season? Against the number one team in the nation, Boston University, the Crimson won the shots on goal battle by rifling 30 shots on Terriers senior goaltender Kieran Millan, who easily turned away 29 of them. BU finished the contest with 25 shots, and three goals.

* Another random thought – I’m not expecting Ted Donato’s squad to lie down against the Huskies next week in the consolation clash. Harvard beat BU last year, 5-4 in the first game of “Championship Monday,” and I wouldn’t be surprised if they beat Northeastern.

* BU head coach Jack Parker should certainly compliment junior Wade Megan, who notched his second and third goals of the historic tournament against Harvard. The junior forward has now recorded three points in his five appearances in the Beanpot, and yes, they’ve all been goals.

* We’re still a few days away from another epic showdown of BC-BU, but if the Eagles play the way they did against the Huskies, then I’m picking the Eagles. However, if Millan keeps the puck out of the net, and assist his offense, then I’m picking the Terriers.

* The Eagles and Terriers have faced-off against one another 20 times in the tournament, and BU has won 12 of those contests. Can they earn lucky number 13 next Monday? We’ll see!

Boston Beanpot Rapid Reaction: BU 3, Harvard 1

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – The Boston University Terriers defeated the Harvard University Crimson men’s ice hockey team on Monday in the first round of the 60th Boston Beanpot tournament at the TD Garden, 3-1.

What it means: BU erased a 5-4 consolation loss from last year by crashing Harvard’s net, and taking advantage of the Crimson’s lackluster defense to compile three goals in three periods. The Terriers also used numerous crisp passes in the zone, which set up two of their three goals. Although, despite building a three-goal advantage, Harvard did manage to score once, as senior forward Alex Killorn scored late in the second period.

How the game was won: Junior forward Wade Megan notched his 13th and 14th strike of the season in the middle frame, which helped the Terriers earn their 17th win of the season, while the Crimson snapped their one-game winning streak to fall to 7-7-9 overall. Also, Megan has now scored three goals in his five career tournament games.

Taking advantage of the Power Play: Both teams combined for two goals on nine power plays. The referees did not whistle either team for penalty in the third period.

What’s next: BU will face the winner of Boston College-Northeastern University, who is slated to face-off at 8:00pm, while Harvard will return to the consolation game next Monday for the second year in a row. The Terriers last visit to the title match came in 2010 when they lost to BC, 4-3. However, BU did beat Northeastern in the championship in 2009, 5-2.

Stat of the Game: Harvard compiled 66 cumulative shots through three periods, but only mustered one goal on 29 shots through three frames. BU senior goaltender Kieran Millan deflected 29 of 30 shots between the pipes.

Beanpot History Note: The Terriers will be making their 49th visit to the finals on Monday, Feb. 13. Also, BU head coach Jack Parker is 58-19 in the Beanpot, and 33-6 in first round games.

BU Beats Up UNH, 5-0

By Brian Willwerth 

BOSTON, MA – If the Boston University Terriers keep playing like this all season, they’re going to be tough to beat.

Kieran Millan stopped all 35-shots he faced, as the Terriers defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats, 5-0, Saturday night before a crowd of 5,148 at Agganis Arena.

The teams played a scoreless first period, due to the stellar play of goaltenders Millan (BU) and Matt DiGirolamo (UNH), but the opening 20-minutes featured several glittering chances on both ends, but both goalies were up to the task.

However, the Terriers got on the board early in the second period on the power play, and when UNH’s Kevin Goumas was in the box for hitting from behind. Wade Megan took a beautiful centering pass and put it pass DiGirolamo to make it 1-0.

Then, exactly two and a half minutes later, they doubled their lead when Corey Trivino took a pretty pass from the wing from Chris Connolly, and knocked it home to make it 2-0. At the other end of the ice, Millan made the advantage stand up, as he stopped all 18 Wildcat shots – including several from the point-blank category.

“Overall, I thought both goaltenders played great,” said BU head coach Jack Parker, who said it could’ve easily been a 4-3 game after two periods.  “All of our players played extremely well… All in all, pretty good deal.”

In the third, Matt Nieto picked up a loose rebound in front off a shot from the point and beat DiGirolamo to make it 3-0.

“That third goal was a killer for us,” said UNH head coach Dick Umile. “I don’t think we played as well as we’re capable of playing in our defensive zone.”

Alex Chiasson added an empty-netter to make it 4-0, and then Kevin Gilroy scored on a wraparound to cap off the scoring.

As for Millan, he tied BU’s all-time record for wins, (62) and hopes to break the record in his next start too.

“It’s pretty nice,” said Millan.  “It’s pretty nice to tie it up in the first game, with a game like that.”

For BU – Saturday was also a rarity in its long, storied hockey history. It was the first time the Terriers’ season opener, home opener and Hockey East opener all happened on the same night since 1989, which is pretty cool, right?

The Terriers travel to Providence next Friday night to face the Friars, while the Wildcats will play at Northeastern, also on Friday too.