Terriers offense sputters again in 2-0 loss to No. 15 Notre Dame

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Boston University men’s hockey team took 22 hours to finally get to South Bend, Ind., but they were not welcomed with open arms at No. 15 University of Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish shut out the Terriers 2-0 at Compton Family Ice Arena Friday night.

“I thought we played pretty well tonight,” said BU coach David Quinn. “After everything we went through yesterday, we were ready to play. Just disappointing. Tonight was another snapshot of what our season has been all about unfortunately.”

With the loss, BU (8-19-4, 3-11-3 Hockey East) is now mathematically eliminated from hosting a first round of the newly formatted Hockey East Tournament. The best it can finish at the end of the regular season is ninth if it can leapfrog the University of Massachusetts in the standings.

The Terriers had a chance to take the lead in the first minute, when sophomore Danny O’Regan had an open net on a two-on-one. O’Regan failed to convert on the opportunity though, shooting the puck high.

“Really, the best opportunity we had was 25 seconds into the game wide open net and he just wasn’t able to bury it,” Quinn said. “If you get a goal that early it really changes the momentum in your mind.”

Without earning many other scoring chances, BU was limited to just 19 shots in the contest, which was not enough to trouble goaltender Steven Summerhays. The senior earned his Division I-best seventh shutout of the season.

Mid-way though the first period, the Fighting Irish got on the board when fourth-line winger Austin Wuthrich picked up a rebound on a two-on-one and shoveled it past sophomore goaltender Matt O’Connor. It was his fifth goal of the season.

Before BU had a chance to establish any momentum in the second period, Notre Dame found the back of the net again. This time, it was defenseman Stephen Johns coming in from the right side on the rush and snapping it past O’Connor.

“Obviously, [O’Connor] would like to have the second goal back,” Quinn said. “It was a tough way to start the second period, but he made some great saves and made them miss the net because I thought he was square and big.”

Two second-period Notre Dame penalties and a third-period roughing call to Johns gave BU multiple opportunities to finally get on the board. However, the Terriers continued to struggle with a man-advantage, and have now been held scoreless on the power play in six of their last seven games. They are 2-for-33 (6.1 percent) on the power play during that span.

“Our power play killed us, really struggling right now,” Quinn said. “We had some great chances. Just didn’t capitalize.”

One of BU’s best chances of the game was on a shot from sophomore center Mike Moran that sat in the crease before being cleared away. Even without the goal, though, the third line of Moran, freshmen forwards Brendan Collier and Kevin Duane had another productive game in terms of offensive zone puck possession.

“They’ve been playing well,” Quinn said. “They were probably our best line last Monday. I thought they played well up in New Hampshire.”

Now that the team is finally settled into its hotel, perhaps a bit of rest will do it some good as it tries to avoid a weekend sweep at the hands of the Fighting Irish. Sophomore goaltender Sean Maguire will start in net tomorrow and he will be looking for more offense in front of him than O’Connor got Friday night.

“We get some rest and take care of ourselves and be ready to go tomorrow night,” Quinn said. “It’s this late in the season, we should be ready to play back-to-back games.”

From the FreeP: New Hampshire pushes past men’s hockey

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

The University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team outshot Boston University Monday afternoon. While that generally unexceptional stat does not say much about the game, a deeper look does.

The Wildcats took just one shot during BU’s lone man advantage of the game after 1:56 of the Terriers passing the puck but failing to register a chance. That lone shot made its way into the back of the net breaking a stalemate and serving as the game-winner in New Hampshire’s 3-1 victory at Agganis Arena.

“It deflated us,” said BU coach David Quinn while he shook his head. “I thought the second period we started off, we had some zone time and we looked like we may have found our way about us, but the power play just — we lead the country in giving up shorthanded goals.”

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UPDATED: Terriers drop another close one, fall to UNH 4-3

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

DURHAM, NH — It looked like it would be a blowout at the beginning, as the Boston University men’s hockey team fell behind the University of New Hampshire 3-0 in the first 18 minutes of play. The outcome was predictable, but the Terriers made it tough on UNH, pulling within one before finally falling 4-3 at the Whittemore Center Friday night.

It was the Terriers’ (8-17-4, 3-9-3 Hockey East) sixth consecutive game without a win – a streak it will be looking to break when it takes the Wildcats (17-15-1, 9-8 Hockey East) on at Agganis Arena Saturday night.

“I thought they were a little bit more ready at the drop of the puck,” said BU coach David Quinn. “I love the fact that we kept playing after that, and we had chances after that… It’s frustrating because I think we’ve been playing a lot better lately, other than the consolation game in the Beanpot, then we just don’t seem to get rewarded for it.”

Friday night also marked the first time the Terriers outshot an opponent since Dec. 14, 2013 against Bentley University. BU outshot UNH 40-27 in Friday night’s contest.

“We’re being more purposeful,” Quinn said. “We’re managing the puck a little better. There has obviously it was a huge problem for us for the first 25 games, but that’s changed a little bit and I don’t really care what happened in December and early January.”

The Terriers got a power play early on, but it was the Wildcats who capitalized on it when right winger Jeff Silengo poked the puck free from senior defenseman Garrett Noonan and beat sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen with his speed. When he rang a backhander off the post on the breakaway, left winger Dan Correale finished off the rebound and gave UNH a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal. It was the ninth shorthanded goal BU has allowed this season, which is the most allowed in Hockey East.

It was not long before UNH got a power play of its own, and the Wildcats capitalized on that one too. After some crisp passing through the offensive zone, senior Kevin Goumas snapped a pass over to captain Eric Knodel, who wristed one over sophomore goalie Matt O’Connor’s shoulder for his seventh goal of the season.

When junior Matt Willows picked up a goal of his own off of a juicy rebound in the slot, it looked as if the rout was on in favor of UNH.

Things took a turn in the Terriers’ favor in the final minute of the first period though, when UNH took back-to-back penalties to set up a 5-on-3. With the open space in the offensive zone, freshman forward Robbie Baillargeon wristed a shot on goal and junior forward Evan Rodrigues finished off the rebound with 7.7 seconds remaining in the frame. It was Rodrigues’ fourth goal of the season, and second in as many games.

The second period looked to be all Terriers early on, as BU outshot UNH 6-1 to start the period and outchanced the Wildcats heavily. That offensive pressure finally turned into a goal 8:53 into the frame when Rodrigues hit sophomore winger Danny O’Regan in stride on the rush and he tucked the puck around Wildcats goalie Casey DeSmith with a deke. It was O’Regan’s ninth goal of the season and Rodrigues’ second consecutive multi-point night.

BU was not within a goal for very long though. Less than three minutes after O’Regan’s goal, Willows burst out of his own defensive zone with the puck, flew by Oksanen and beat O’Connor glove side for his second goal of the night. It was Willows’ 15th goal on the season.

With a little more than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, UNH took another two penalties in quick succession, giving BU its second 5-on-3 advantage of the night. This time, it was Baillargeon who capitalized, snapping a wrist shot over DeSmith’s left shoulder and pulling the Terriers within one. The goal gave each player on the first line a goal in the contest.

O’Regan had a chance to tie the game with 3:27 remaining after a back-door feed from Baillargeon, but DeSmith made the save of the night, diving to his left and snagging the shot with his glove. DeSmith finished the night with 36 saves.

“Rico [Baillargeon] causes a turnover, made a nice play to me back door and I kind of just one-touched it in and the next thing I knew the kid kind of just robbed me,” O’Regan said.
It was a tough night for Noonan, who went minus-3 on the game. That ties the worst plus-minus Noonan has had in a single game this season, a total he set on Nov. 8, 2013 against Boston College and then matched in the game against Bentley.

As for Saturday night’s game, the expectation right now is that the game will be played as scheduled. Former BU player and coach Jack Parker will have his number retired during the first intermission of the game, and Quinn is not worried that a little weather will delay that.

“We play indoors,” Quinn said.

UPDATED: BU falls flat against Crimson, loses Beanpot consolation game 6-2

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

The Boston University men’s hockey team made Beanpot history in Monday night’s consolation game at TD Garden, but not in the way it had hoped to.

When the Terriers fell to Harvard University 6-2, they finished fourth in the Beanpot in consecutive years for the first time in school history. It was only their seventh-ever fourth place finish, three of which have come in the past four seasons.

With the loss, the Terriers (8-16-4, 3-8-3 Hockey East) still only have one win since the end of November and have not beaten Harvard (8-12-3, 4-9-3 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) since the 2011-12 season. BU had kept it close with No. 1 Boston College in the Beanpot semifinal and tied No. 7 University of Massachusetts-Lowell in its past two games, but it did not bring the same intensity it showed in those two game Monday night.

“I wasn’t expecting this today because we’ve been going in the right direction in the last two and a half weeks, three weeks,” said BU coach David Quinn. “This is disappointing.”

Junior forward Evan Rodrigues put the Terriers on the board first a little more than 10 minutes into the game when he one-timed a quick pass from freshman center Robbie Baillargeon past Harvard goaltender Steve Michalek. It was Rodrigues’ third goal of the season – and first since Dec. 7, 2013 at Merrimack College.

“I think I’ve been playing better as of late,” Rodrigues said. “The chances are coming, it’s just not going in. You can’t really get down on yourself, you just have to keep going. Tonight one went in the net, and maybe next time it doesn’t.”

However, things took a big turn in Harvard’s favor after the first period. Sophomore Kyle Criscuolo, who was robbed by sophomore goaltender Sean Maguire at the end of the first, got his revenge a little over a minute into the frame when he ripped a slap shot off the post and in on the rush. It was Criscuolo’s 11th goal of the season and it was the first of a scoring barrage from Harvard in the frame.

Right winger Brian Hart added a tally of his own with Baillargeon skating gingerly to the bench at the other end, by taking a loose puck in the slot and quickly snapping it between Maguire’s pads a little over two minutes later. Baillargeon missed a few shifts with an apparent injury, but would later return to the game.

Before the midway point in the period, center Luke Esposito added a goal of his own and the Crimson took control of the game. Harvard outshot BU 20-11 in that period and had outshot BU 30-16 at the end of two.

Rodrigues was a part of the offense again just before the midway point in the third period, when he found trailing sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen in the slot for Oksanen’s sixth goal of the season. Oksanen added to his lead in points for BU and now has 21 on the season.

The Terriers were not even within one goal for a minute before Esposito found the scoreboard again, this time scoring on a pass that tipped off senior defenseman Patrick MacGregor’s stick and into the top corner. It was Esposito’s second goal of the game and it was a stroke of bad luck for BU’s captain.

“In my lifetime I might have done that maybe three times and I have been playing hockey for 20 years,” MacGregor said. “We were kind of on a roll there and we might have tied the game up and I kind of deflated the bench a little bit because it is kind of a freak play, but it happens I guess.”

Left winger Jimmy Vesey added an empty net goal from behind his own blue line and center Tyler Moy tipped a goal past senior goalie Anthony Moccia came in for the final few minutes of the game, but that would do it for BU’s chances at avoiding a fourth place finish for the second straight Beanpot.

BU’s power play went 0-for-2 on the night, and has now failed to capitalize on its last 23 opportunities with a man advantage.

“We’re half a second slow on shooting the puck, we’re half a second slow on getting to the net for the rebound, we’re half a second slow screening the goalie,” Quinn said. “We’re just, we’re just, especially tonight I think tonight reflected our game in general. I just think we’re not quick enough to do anything.”

BU is now 1-4 against Harvard all time in the Beanpot consolation game, which is the only losing record BU has against any opponent in any round. It has lost its last two Beanpot matchups against Harvard and has not beaten Harvard in any game since the Beanpot semifinal in 2012.

“They just have our number and you can look at different things, different reasons why,” Rodrigues said. “It just comes down to winning and losing, and we have to find a way to get it done.”

From the FreeP: TOPPLED OVER: BU falls to BC in 1st round of Beanpot

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

Already in a 2-0 hole during the second half of the middle frame, the Boston University men’s hockey team found itself with another disadvantage. As freshman defenseman Doyle Somerby skated off the ice with a game misconduct, the Terriers would need to kill off a five-minute major penalty and deal with losing a defenseman from an already thin lineup.

As the minutes ticked away, the Terriers (8-15-3, 3-8-2 Hockey East) displayed one of their most impressive penalty kills of the season. Those five minutes of strong play, however, meant little as the Terriers could not overcome an early deficit during Monday’s 3-1 Beanpot opener loss to No. 2 Boston College at TD Garden.

“Boy, I can’t tell you how proud I am of our players,” said BU coach David Quinn. “We competed from the drop of the puck until the whistle blew.

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UPDATED: Terriers falter in final minute of regulation, tie UMass 3-3

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

AMHERST — The Boston University men’s hockey team could hardly be called road warriors this season. After all, it entered Friday night’s contest with the University of Massachusetts 0-5 on the road, being outscored 8-22 in the process.

It has been 10 months and 23 days since BU’s last win on the road— a drought that will last at least a little longer. The Terriers let a lead slip away in the final minute before finishing in a 3-3 tie Friday night at the Mullins Center.

“Very disappointing way for the thing to end,” said BU coach David Quinn. “I thought our kids played hard. I thought we did a lot of good things, but disappointing to lose in the fashion ­— or tie in the fashion we did”

BU (8-14-3, 3-8-2 Hockey East) placed a heavy load on sophomore goaltender Matt O’Connor’s shoulders in the game, and he responded by making 46 saves. It is the most saves by a BU goalie since O’Connor made 55 saves against the University of North Dakota on Nov. 23, 2013.

Junior center Cason Hohmann got the scoring started for BU, as he whacked home a pass from freshman linemate Nick Roberto as a power play expired in the first period. Freshman defenseman Dalton MacAfee was credited with a secondary assist after finding Roberto open in close to the goal.

O’Connor made a few brilliant saves on an ensuing power play for UMass (7-16-4, 3-8-3 Hockey East), but senior Branden Gracel finally put one away to tie the game at one with less than a minute remaining in the first period. It was Gracel’s 11th goal of the season, and it was the only time UMass capitalized on its seven power plays in the game.

Hohmann was again part of the scoring when BU took another lead in the second period, as he assisted on sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen’s fifth goal of the season. Hohmann skated the puck in on a two-on-two rush before dropping the puck back to a trailing Oksanen. The Finn stepped into a rocket of a slap shot and sniped the top corner, scoring just his sixth five-on-five point of the season.

“I see him shoot the puck hard a lot,” Quinn said. “Roberto won’t get an assist on that play but boy did he go to the net… I mean he really created space on that initial rush and Hohmann never stopped moving his feet.”

BU expanded on its lead in the third period when sophomore forward Mike Moran ripped a shot over UMass goalie Steve Mastalerz for his fourth goal of the season. Freshmen forwards Brendan Collier and Kevin Duane each assisted on the goal.

The lead was almost expanded to a three-goal gap when junior forward Evan Rodrigues put the puck past Mastalerz on a breakaway opportunity before colliding with him and knocking the net off its pegs. The goal was waved off though, and Quinn was not offered an explanation as to why it was not a goal.

[Referees Jack Millea and b] never came over and told me,” Quinn said. “First time that’s ever happened. So — just disappointed. Everybody in the world, everybody in the building thought it was a goal.”

Soon after the no-goal call, senior Conor Sheary put one more on the board for UMass on a blast from the point, pulling the Minutemen within one. Quinn was upset with the officiating on this goal as well, as he saw Oksanen’s stick slashed out of his hands right before the goal was scored.

“I don’t know how… how a penalty isn’t called on the second goal,” Quinn said. “ I don’t know how many guys saw it — Oksanen’s at the net front, shot taken, he goes to play the puck, stick slashed out of his hands on the ice, goes right through their guy on the goal. Disappointing because I thought our guys deserved a better fate.”

UMass peppered O’Connor with shots in the final ten minutes before freshman Ray Pigozzi tied the game with only 50 seconds remaining in the game. Pigozzi was in front and tipped a shot from the point by forward Adam Phillips past O’Connor to send the game to overtime.

It was the first time BU had been to overtime since its 1-1 tie with Merrimack College on Dec. 7, 2013. Neither team put much offense together in the final five minutes, however, and BU earned its third tie of the season.

The Terriers now head into the first round of the Beanpot against No. 2 Boston College having only totaled four points in their last 11 games. However, BU has typically been a better Friday night team, and Quinn said the weekend break should help his team heading into Monday’s contest.

“I think without question not going back-to-back for us is going to help,” Quinn said. “If we get goaltending the way we did tonight I like give ourselves a chance. You never know what could happen especially in the Beanpot.”

UPDATED: BU loses to Vermont, splits weekend series

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

So much for momentum.

A day after the Boston University men’s hockey team picked up its first win since November, the Terriers came out flat Saturday afternoon and never really picked it up before falling to No. 17 University of Vermont, 6-2.

There were moments when BU was buzzing, threatening to get back into it after falling behind early, but those moments were fleeting. Too often, an uninspired power play left the Terriers (8-14-2, 3-8-1 Hockey East) unable to capitalize when the Catamounts (13-9-3, 5-7 Hockey Eats) were back on their heels.

“It seems to be a little bit of a pattern the last two weekends,” said BU coach David Quinn. “Play well and play hard on Friday night, not able to match it on Saturday night. I thought Vermont really set the pace early, and I don’t think we were able to match it.”

UVM coach Kevin Sneddon said the difference was his team played hard and physical — and desperate, like BU did the night prior — for 60 minutes, not the 20 or so they did Friday.

Quinn had a different take. He said his guys were tired.

“We play our best players so many minutes on Friday night, there might be a correlation with what’s been happening on Saturday night,” Quinn said. “We play our best players so much, maybe I need to tail it back a little bit. Our depth isn’t one of our strengths right now.”

Quinn pointed to the role of special teams in particular. BU had to kill nine VUM power plays in Friday’s win, and players like senior captain Garrett Noonan (35 minutes) and freshman center Robbie Baillargeon (30 minutes) saw obscene amounts of ice time.

That took its toll when the Terriers took to the Agganis Arena ice again, for an earlier-than-normal 4 p.m. start, no less.

“We wanted to compete,” said senior forward Matt Ronan. “But I think sometimes it just wasn’t there, our legs weren’t there. I know guys were excited for tonight, so I guess I’m just a little concerned with the laziness creeping into the game.”

Sophomore forward Danny O’Regan played well, again, in his second game since moving from center. He scored one of BU’s goals and continued to utilize his speed along the wings.

But sophomore goaltender Sean Maguire proved penetrable for the first time in several games. He gave up all six goals on 32 shots, and his rebound control was unusually suspect at times.

Quinn pulled Maguire in favor of senior Anthony Moccia after the sixth goal, with 3:46 left on the game clock. It was the first game of Moccia’s career.

Moccia got a loud round of applause from the crowd of 4,948 when he entered, then again when he stopped the only shot he faced.

“It meant a lot,” Quinn said of getting his third-string netminder in a game. “It was great to hear the crowd react.”

The first period was drastically different from the very even one that started Friday night’s contest. Vermont forward Brendan Bradley put UVM up 1-0 at 3:18 in the frame when he skated behind the BU net, then roofed one near-side from the bottom of the right circle.

His linemate, captain Chris McCarthy, made it 2-0 at 17:04 when he found the top-left corner from the left circle.

McCarthy added another late in the second — he beat Maguire one-on-one while BU was on a power play — but that wasn’t until O’Regan got the Terriers on the board.

Midway through the second, O’Regan skated down the right wing and almost lost the puck in traffic before regaining composure by the crease. He backed in closer to the goal line, deked around Catamount netminder Mike Santaguida (16 saves) and backhanded it into an open net from a sharp angle at 9:03.

Freshman Brady Shaw extended the Catamount lead to 4-1 at 2:21 in the third when he picked the puck up behind the BU net, wrapped around to the front and put it away at the far post for his third career goal.

Freshman wing Kevin Duane mirrored that play when he made it 4-2 with 11:02 to play. He forced a turnover, skated around the net and finished his own rebound off of Santaguida’s pads.

Captain H.T. Lenz put away one of Maguire’s big rebounds with less than seven minutes to play, and winger Colin Markison scored from the left circle minutes later to account for the 6-2 final.

BU killed all five of Vermont’s power play chances, but itself failed on the man-advantage (0-for-6).

Vermont held a sizeable shot advantage, 33-18.

“We have to find a way to play a little bit more simplistic on a Saturday night,” Quinn said. “But when you get tired, you tend to make bad decisions. The first thing to go when you get tired is your brain.

“I think it caught up with us tonight.”

UPDATED: Terriers snap winless streak with 4-2 victory over Vermont

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

It had to end sometime, and Friday night was the night.

A healthier and hungrier Boston University men’s hockey team finally snapped its eight-game winless streak, topping No. 17 University of Vermont 4-2 at Agganis Arena.

Opponents scored nearly double the total goals BU (8-13-2, 3-7-1 Hockey East) scored during the streak, but with multiple key players back on the ice after missing time with injuries, the Terriers played their best game of 2014.

“At some point in time, you just have to get sick and tired of losing,” said BU coach David Quinn.

The first period was about as even as it gets between the two teams. Neither team scored, they were tied in shots at 10 apiece and BU only attempted one fewer shot than UVM (12-9-3, 4-7-0 Hockey East). Sophomore goaltender Sean Maguire starred in the frame though, making several acrobatic saves, including two on the same Catamount power play.

The Terriers offense came to life in the second period, and it started with the newly put together first line. Quinn put junior Cason Hohmann, sophomore Danny O’Regan and freshman Robbie Baillargeon together in an effort to get the most out of his top three scorers this season.

The combination worked just as one would expect, as the three combined to put together a tic-tac-toe passing play that ended with O’Regan popping home his seventh goal of the season into an open net. It was O’Regan’s first goal since Jan. 1 at Harvard and put BU on the board first.

UVM responded on the power play though, as freshman dynamo Mario Puskarich used the extra space to walk in close to Maguire and squeeze the puck between Maguire and the near post. It was Puskarich’s 11th goal of the season and it quickly ripped away BU’s momentum.

A fortunate bounce on a long stretch pass from freshman winger Nick Roberto caught Vermont defenseman Nick Bruneteau off guard, which helped spring sophomore forward Matt Lane into open space in the slot. Lane did not waste any time with the puck, picking the top corner and sniping it past Vermont goaltender Brody Hoffman for his fifth goal of the season.

Less than two minutes later, BU got an insurance goal when it took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play. Roberto fed sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen in the slot and the Finn did the rest, launching a missile over Hoffman’s glove and giving BU its first two-goal lead since Nov. 30 against Cornell.

“5-on-3s usually make or break it,” Quinn said. “I liked what we did on the 5-on-3. There was a lot of unpredictability, we were moving, we moved the puck quickly, we got some shots and obviously Ahti makes a great play on the goal. Great pass too.”

That insurance proved important in the third period, when Vermont junior Colin Markison put away his fifth goal of the season while falling to the ice with more than 12 minutes remaining in the third. Vermont kept the pressure on Maguire for the remainder of the game, peppering him with 14 shots in the third period, but he remained steady between the pipes and finished the game with 36 saves.

Roberto added an empty-net goal with 1.5 seconds remaining in the game and sealed the Terriers’ eighth win of the season.

“About time we got a bounce,” Roberto said. “I feel like the past few games a lot of bounces weren’t going our way, it was nice to get one finally our way.”

BU survived a poor night in terms of taking penalties, as Vermont had nine power-play opportunities in the game, including four in the third. Both UVM goals came with a man advantage. That was the main flaw in an otherwise gutsy effort from a team that finally broke out of its seemingly endless rut.

“Rarely do you win a game when you have nine penalties, but we found a way to win tonight and I couldn’t be happier for our team,” Quinn said. “When you’ve got a young group that can happen sometimes, and we didn’t accept losing tonight. I couldn’t be prouder.”

UPDATED: Bruised BU beaten by Boston College as winless streak continues

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

CHESTNUT HILL — David Quinn had discussed dressing fewer than the standard 18 skaters before. It was a little over a month ago, right after the Boston University men’s hockey team lost to Bentley University, and it was in reference to when he was part of a University of Nebraska-Omaha coaching staff that had done just that to penalize poor play.

Friday night at Conte Forum, Quinn did just as he threatened — but not by choice. Several injuries — and one quitter — forced Quinn’s hand as the Terriers dressed all 17 available skaters in a 6-4 loss to No. 3/4 Boston College, stretching BU’s winless streak to seven games and seven weeks.

Despite the score, it could have been worse for the Terriers (7-12-2, 2-6-1 Hockey East) considering they were rolling five defensemen and their injured fourth-line center, freshman Dillon Lawrence, was not ready to play as of Thursday afternoon, according to Quinn. BU’s particularly physical play against the more talented Eagles (15-4-3, 9-1-1 Hockey East), as well as some opportunistic scoring, made the game a competitive one longer than some others in 2014.

“We probably took a big step in the right direction tonight,” Quinn said. “We competed more than we have been through this stretch where we’ve been struggling.”

The victors outshot BU by a 44-27 margin — including 19-9 in the second period — and scored on both of their power-play opportunities. BC also won 45 faceoffs, losing just 28.

Sophomore Sean Maguire made 38 saves, one shy of his season high. He was particularly impressive early in the second when Eagles peppered him with 10 shots in the first six minutes, temporarily keeping the game tied.

“He certainly gave us a chance tonight,” Quinn said.

BU got on the board at 10:47 in the first when freshman forward Robbie Baillargeon, skating in the left circle, snipped the top-right corner over BC netminder Brian Billett’s glove.

The Terriers appeared poised to go into the first intermission with that 1-0 lead until Eagle freshman Adam Gilmour knotted the score during a power play in the last minute. Skating across the crease, Gilmour backhanded it by Maguire.

“BU really took it to us the first period,” said BC coach Jerry York, who recorded his 950th win. “We were upset with that first period.”

BC scored twice in the second and took the 3-1 lead into the final period. Junior Quinn Smith finished a big rebound at 4:35, then his classmate, Johnny Gaudreau, one-timed a shot from the slot at 11:05.

Gaudreau’s tally, his 20th of the year, ended a sequence of crisp Eagle passes during another power play.

Freshman wing T.J. Ryan cut the deficit to one 2:50 into the third — he deflected a Kevin Duane centering pass for his first career goal — but the Eagles opened it back up with goals from freshmen Chris Calnan and Gilmour three minutes apart.

Sophomore center Mike Moran finished his own rebound to make it 5-3, and junior wing Cason Hohmann once more made it a one-goal game with a power-play tally at the 16:32 mark.

Again, however, the Terriers’ third-period comeback bid fell short, just as it did against Harvard and Maine in recent weeks.

“We got down 5-2, which we are used to,” Quinn said. “And we are used to responding the way we did.

“And forget it, we have got the goalie pulled.”

Gaudreau added an empty-netter in the final minute.

“He’s as good a player as there is in the country,” Quinn said. “[Gaudreau] kind of flips it backhanded from the blue line and it goes right in the middle of the net. Most players I’d guess they were lucky, but not him. I think he planned that.”

UPDATED: Washed away: Terriers toppled 7-3 in flooded Frozen Fenway contest with Maine

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

When it rains, it pours for the Boston University men’s hockey team. The Terriers were washed out of the ballpark Saturday at in front of 25,580 fans at Fenway Park, dropping a waterlogged Frozen Fenway contest to the University of Maine 7-3.

Weather conditions made the contest look more like a swim meet than a hockey game, as an hour and nine minute rain delay made the first period last close to two hours and the rest of the game very, very wet.

Maine (11-7-2, 5-2-1 Hockey East) scored the only goal before that rain delay, as forward Ryan Lomberg received a pass from senior Mark Anthoine and snapped it past BU (7-11-2, 2-5-1 Hockey East) goaltender Matt O’Connor for a power-play goal. Right after sophomore forward took a tripping penalty with 12:35 remaining in the first, lightning flashed, thunder boomed and the teams scurried to their respective clubhouses.

The rain delay featured a torrential downpour of rain to go with the thunder and lightning, which flooded the playing surface with around an inch of water. Squeegees and shovels were brought out, as the ice crew shoved waves of water out the zamboni door to re-prepare the surface for play.

“[The ice maintenance crew] even came up to me and said, ‘We did that for you guys, we have never had to do something like that,'” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. “There was a lot of water removed.”
The Black Bears did not waste any time scoring after the weather delay though, as defenseman Ben Hutton ripped a wrister past O’Connor to give his team a 2-0 lead entering the mid-first-period break where teams switched ends. It was Hutton’s eighth goal of the season, and third point against BU in two contests.

“Don’t underestimate what [the wait] can do to you mentally,” said BU coach David Quinn. “Because you wait for an hour and then you go out there and then boom… It’s 2-0.”

The second half of the first period didn’t bring any more luck to the Terriers though. Junior Andrew Cerretani and sophomore Devin Shore scored goals less within a minute of each other with less than five minutes remaining in the frame, giving the Black Bears a commanding four-goal lead. Shore’s goal, which was on a quick wrist shot from the top of the right circle, was Maine’s third power-play goal of the contest.

Shore’s goal also signaled the end of O’Connor’s night, as he was pulled in favor of sophomore goaltender Sean Maguire. O’Connor has now been pulled in each of his last two starts, and has a 15.08 goals-against average and .789 save percentage during that span.

“The first half of the season he was aggressive, he was square, he was big,” said BU coach David Q. “There wasn’t a lot of room there. Now, in the last two games he has played there have been a lot of point shots that have found their way to the net, which wasn’t happening earlier in the season.”
Lomberg struck again in the second period, when a failed centering pass bounced out to his stick and he snapped it over Maguire’s shoulder. It was the winger’s sixth goal of the season.

Freshman forward Dillon Lawrence left the ice with an apparent leg injury during the second period, adding to what was already a large total of injuries for the Terriers. Lawrence returned to action in the the third period, though. With forwards Evan Rodrigues and Jake Moscatel, as well as defenseman Matt Grzelcyk out of the lineup already, an injury to Lawrence leaves BU without enough healthy skaters to fill lineup.

Senior captain Garrett Noonan got the Terriers on the board with a one-timer that zipped into the top-right corner of the net, before freshman forward Nick Roberto added a power-play goal later in the third. When junior winger Cason Hohmann added his third goal in as many games, things got a little more interesting.

“I was proud of the way we came together in the third, we stuck together in the third period,” Quinn said. “We did a lot of the little things that we’re trying to accomplish and we’ve got to hold onto that and build onto that.”

However, when the Terriers pulled the goalie, Hutton slid a slow-moving puck the length of the ice and across the goal line before sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen could clear it away — sealing the BU loss. Shore added another empty net goal to widen the lead to four.

It was BU’s sixth consecutive game without a win, and it concludes a season series with Maine in which it was outscored 14-3. The slumping Terriers will travel to Conte Forum Friday to take on No. 5 Boston College, which sits atop the Hockey East standings.

“We are in that little funk where you fix one hole in the dam and the other one springs loose and you put your finger in that one and another one springs loose,” Quinn said. “We have to find a way to put all our fingers in all the holes and stop that dam from leaking all over the place.”