By Kat Hansenauer Cornetta
Last week, Boston Univeristy senior forward and captain Joe Periera derided his team’s lack of effort during a tie against Vermont. He called out his teammates for being unable to play 60 whole minutes of hockey. And on Pereira’s own senior night, his team demonstrated that lack of focus again.
BU fell, 4-3 to Northeastern Saturday night. The Terriers led Northeastern heading into the third period 2-1, but the wheels fell off as time ticked down, and they let the Huskies score two goals within a minute in the third to seal the deal.
All of the chippiness of Friday night’s tilt at Northeastern continued over to Saturday, with the first period featuring 11 penalties for 23 penalty minutes, including an Anthony Bitetto interference call a mere 1:03 into the game. BU’ s first line converted 2 first period power plays to give themselves a 2-1 lead. Defenseman Max Nicastro kept his scoring pace going with a goal four minutes into the frame on a high shot from the right edge of the faceoff circle.
Northeastern answered over 10 minutes later when Randy Guzior snagged his first goal of the season, tying the game. BU’s Chris Connolly answered by scoring another power play goal with four minutes to go in the period, giving the Terriers the 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
The second period had seven penalties, but remained scoreless until Drew Daniels scored to tie the game with just a minute and a half left in the frame. Northeastern carried the momentum into the third period, scoring two goals within a minute to fully take the game over. Mike Hewkin, a presence all over the ice all game, netted his first goal of the season with help from Northeastern’s Beanpot first round hero Mike McLaughlin. Confusing and dominating a shocked Terrier squad after that goal, Huskies senior Steve Silva scored his eighth goal of the season with help from fellow senior Tyler McNeely.
BU struggled in getting anything started offensively, missing passes and having several turnovers as they tried to reclaim their league. Kevin Gilroy was able to bring the Terriers within one, sneaking one past Northeastern goalie Clay Witt‘s left side with signifigant help from Terrier Matt Nieto‘s screen. BU pulled goaltender Kieran Millan, but a hodgepodge of Terrier forwards couldn’t get anything going in the waning seconds of the game.
Northeastern’s Witt picked up his second win of the season, stopping 41 shots. Millan stopped 30 shots.
The teams are far from done with each other, as BU’s loss sealed the deal on its third place regular season finish in Hockey East. Since Northeastern had claimed its sixth place finish the night before, the seeding has the two teams meeting each other for at least two games next weekend in the Hockey East quarterfinals at Agganis Arena.