From the FreeP: Terriers turn it around in Tuesday night rout

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Tuesday night at Agganis Arena, the No. 19 Boston University men’s hockey team made coach Jack Parker look like a hockey psychic.

“Don’t get yourself in a negative frame of mind and a negative attitude, because you never know how close you are to turning it around,” Parker said Monday of the team’s second-half struggles. “At any moment we can turn it around.”

It is hard to tell when that exact moment was, but the Terriers (15-14-2, 12-9-2 Hockey East) played what was arguably their best game in more than two months, beating Merrimack College 5-2.

Junior forward Matt Nieto scored twice and assisted on another, while freshman goaltender Matt O’Connor took care of business at the other end, making 32 saves in 34 chances.

“One of the things that has been a problem for us is that we’ve been playing games trying not to lose,” Parker said. “I don’t think we went out here trying not to lose. We went out trying to win tonight.

“It was nice to get a ‘W,’ it was nice to get a W at home. It was nice to get some goals. I liked our team tonight … I was happy with my goaltender. In the second period, he came up with some big saves to keep them off the scoreboard.”

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