From the FreeP: Mike Moran scores in final game at BU, reflects on career with Terriers

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The last seconds of the game meant virtually nothing in the final decision for the Boston University men’s hockey team, but senior forward Mike Moran skated hard to the net to try and make something happen.

Down by six goals with under 20 seconds to play, a goal, even two, would not get BU to the next game of the NCAA Tournament.

But still, in those waning ticks of the clock, Moran looked to create a play for the Terriers. Camped in front of University of Denver goaltender Tanner Jaillet with 14.7 seconds left to play, he did just that, redirecting a pass from senior assistant captain Matt Grzelyck into the back of the net for BU’s (21-13-5) second goal in a 7-2 defeat to Denver (24-9-6) at the Xcel Energy Center.

Cutting the lead from six goals to five, by the time the goal was scored, was just mere bookkeeping for most. But Moran’s classmate, assistant captain Matt Lane, said after the game that the Terriers could have trailed by even more, but the tally would never just be a simple statistic for Moran.

As Lane skated over to Moran after the goal and put his hand on Moran’s scarlet helmet, Lane realized the goal was emblematic of the way his teammate had played during his four years with BU.

“I just kind of put my hand on his head after he got it,” Lane said after the season-ending loss. “I couldn’t be happier for him. Guys like him play until the finish no matter what the score is — that’s the way you gotta do it.”

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Three up, three down: Highlights hard to find in BU’s fourth straight winless game

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff
The No. 13 Boston University men’s ice hockey team fell to Harvard University, 7-4, to finish last in the Beanpot for the second time in three years.
The Terriers (13-12-1, 10-7-1 Hockey East) jumped out to a 2-0 start before Harvard went on a 6-1 run over the course of about 40 minutes. Here’s a look at what went right — not a whole lot — and what went wrong for BU.
Three up
Power play
The man-advantage was a focus for the Terriers during their week between Beanpot Mondays, and it seems to have paid off, albeit in a loss.
BU had failed on 13 consecutive power plays chances but came through twice vs. Harvard. First sophomore forward Evan Rodrigues found the back of the net just 1:38 into the second to put BU up 3-2.
Then in the third, with the game well out of hand, sophomore forward Cason Hohmann did the same thanks to assists from linemates Wade Megan and Sahir Gill.
Senior captain Megan even tallied a shorthanded goal in the first period to make it a good day for BU special teams.
Ryan Santana                                     
The senior forward got some time on the power play vs. Harvard, manning the crease and trying to screen Crimson goalie Peter Traber.
BU coach Jack Parker’s lineup tweaks paid off again when Santana collected a pair of assists to double his total on the year. He set up freshman forward Mike Moran’s tally to open the scoring before assisting on Rodrigues’ goal.
With BU’s forward depth essentially nonexistent — defenseman Ryan Ruikka has been playing forward and senior forward Jake Moscatel has a separated shoulder — Santana could become an increasingly important role player for the Terriers down the stretch.
Mike Moran
Yes, it is hard to find positives in BU’s loss — but it’s easy to tip your cap to a freshman finally scoring his first goal of the season.
The Marshfield native found the rebound off Santana’s original shot and one-timed it into a wide open net at 3:12 in the first to give the Terriers their first goal of the game.
Moran had to fight for a lineup spot earlier this season, but with this season’s pair of mid-year departures that is no longer a problem. He, just like Santana, might play a bigger role in BU’s final nine games.
Three down
Sean Maguire      
Maguire had looked like he was starting to separate himself from fellow freshman netminder Matt O’Connor, and Parker said Maguire may have started Monday vs. Harvard even if he played vs. Merrimack Friday (a game postponed due to weather).
But the 6-foot-2 goalie gave up six goals on just 30 shots, giving him an ugly .800 save percentage on the night. He allowed a few big rebounds and at times looked lost when trying to find the puck, chances even the 6-15-2 Crimson jumped on.
Maguire appeared to have taken a whack in the head at the hands of a Harvard stick toward the end of the first, and after the buzzer he was hunched over with a trainer before leaving the ice.
He seemed fine,” Parker said of the goalie and his head. “He wasn’t fine at the time, but he was fine after that.”
Penalties, early and often
If you had to summarize BU’s season in one word, “undisciplined” might be it.
Penalties marred the Terriers again Monday night, just as they have so often have this season in general and the last month and a half in particular.
Freshman forward Sam Kurker took a pair of interference penalties less than five minutes apart in the first to get the parade started.
Sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera opened the floodgates with his five-minute kneeing penalty and the game misconduct partnered with it — his third ejection of the season — late in the second.
In all, BU committed nine penalties for 29 minutes.
Parker had no answers when it came to why his team spends so much time in the box. He has said in the past he punishes players for “dumb” penalties with 20-mile bike rides, but that does not seem to be working.
Most of our stupid penalties are at the end of the game when we don’t like what is happening and we let our emotions go the wrong way,” Parker said. “We have to just remove guys from ice time. That is the only thing you can do … If you don’t get on the ice, it is hard to take a penalty.”
Motivation                                                   
Clearly there is a lot wrong with the Terriers right now, and “motivation” is far from the only way to label it.
Parker said one of his team’s problems is that they can’t get up for games, Monday included. He said even when his team went up 2-0 about halfway through the first period it wasn’t playing particularly well, and that lack of enthusiasm indeed came back to bite them.
BU is now 3-7-1 since Christmas and on the bubble for home-ice advantage during the Hockey East playoffs and a national tournament bid. All that comes after first semester that left them looking like one of the best teams in the country.
The major problem is the lack of compete and the lack of coming to the game and putting it on the line,” Parker said. They are almost waiting for something bad to happen.”
What else do they need?