1. Brent Gough 12-12--24
2. Matt Johnson 8-14--22
2. Marco Rosa 10-12--22
4. Bryan Schmidt 9-12--21
5. Tim Reidy 7-9--16
1. Brent Gough 12
1. Marco Rosa 10
3. Bryan Schmidt 9
4. Matt Johnson 8
5. Tim Reidy 7
1. Matt Johnson 14
2. Brent Gough 12
2. Marco Rosa 12
2. Bryan Schmidt 12
5. Tony Johnson 10
5. Alex Sikatchev 10
5. Lucas Smith 10
Power Play Goals
1. Tim Reidy 5
1. Bryan Schmidt 5
3. Matt Johnson 3
3. Marco Rosa 3
1. Marco Rosa 1
Plus / Minus
1. Rob LaLonde +10
2. Lucas Smith +7
3. Bryan Schmidt +6
4. Tony Johnson +4
5. Brendon Clark +2
5. Steve Crusco +2
Goals Against Avg.
1. Joe Exter 2.91 (11-16-6)
2. Casey Guenther 4.44 (1-2-0)
1. Joe Exter .915
2. Casey Guenther .855
Power Play (HE)
(14-86 16.3% 8th)
(76-97 78.4% 7th)
Boston, Mass. -- Five different players scored goals and Sean Fields notched his third shutout of the season and fifth of his career to lead the Boston University hockey team to a 5-0 win over Merrimack in Hockey East action on Thursday night (January 30th).
It was an historic evening as it was the 500th game the Terriers had played in the storied history of Walter Brown Arena. Since first playing on the friendly ice on Babcock Street during the 1971-72 season, the Terriers have amassed an overall record of 346-120-34. Three times in the past three decades, the team has gone undefeated-untied, while twice they were undefeated but tied. What's more, in the 31-plus-year history of the lyric bandbox, Terrier teams have won 10 or more games 22 times.
Thursday night's win improved the Terriers' home record this season to 8-4-1, while they are 15-10-2 overall and 9-8-0 in Hockey East action. Their 18 points in league play moved them into sole possession of fourth place. In the meantime, Merrimack, which entered the game in seventh place in the league, saw its overall record drop to 10-11-4 and 5-8-2 in the league.
"We were pretty thorough tonight," said Terrier head coach Jack Parker, who has been the B.U. head coach in 469 of the 500 games played at Brown Arena. "We stayed out of the penalty box, we played well on the power play, and we killed penalties. And, we scored goals."
Penalties had been a sticking point for Parker, as his team is the most penalized in Hockey East. Thus, the fact that the Terriers were called for a season-low three penalties for the game was pleasing to their head coach. On the power play, the Terriers converted on 1-of-4 chances when Brian Collins closed out the scoring at the 14:12 mark of the third period. Finally, Merrimack had three power play chances, and the Terriers killed off all three of them.
"B.U. played well tonight," said Merrimack coach Chris Serino. "They controlled play down low at both ends of the ice. I was disappointed in how we competed tonight, and they competed hard. They played intelligently tonight."
The Terriers came out storming from the outset and outshot the Warriors, 16-8, in the first period and came away with a 2-0 lead.
John Sabo scored the only goal the Terriers would need at 3:03 of the first period when he knocked home the rebound of a shot taken by Gregg Johnson. David VanderGulik started the play when he stole the puck in the Merrimack zone and slipped the puck to Johnson who took the initial shot.
The Terriers upped their lead to 2-0 at 7:28 of the period when Ryan Whitney tipped in the rebound of a Collins' shot. Sabo got the puck to Collins whose initial shot was saved by Merrimack goalie Joe Exter. The rebound came out to Whitney who slipped the puck past the Warrior goalie.
The Terriers might have had two or three more goals had Exter not made some sparkling saves. In the meantime, Fields also made his share of nifty stops to keep the Warriors off the board.
"We had some good chances in the first period, but we couldn't put them away," said Serino.
Kenny Magowan scored the game's only goal of the second period when he took a pass from Whitney at the Merrimack blue line and came in alone on Exter. Whitney, camped on the Terrier blue line, picked up the loose puck. The puck had ricocheted off a Merrimack player's stick that was sitting on the blue line. Whitney picked up the puck and got it to Magowan, who, in turn gave the Terriers a 3-0 lead after two periods.
"I have my confidence back," said Whitney, who struggled through the first half of the season with a sprained ankle. "I went to the World Juniors and scored almost a point a game. I came back with a lot of confidence, and I feel good out there now."
The Terriers added a pair of third-period goals to close out the scoring.
David Klema scored the first of the two at 6:32 of the period when he was fed the puck from Jekabs Redlihs. Redlihs, who was on the Merrimack blue line, intercepted a Warrior clearing pass and gave it to Klema who responded with his fifth goal of the season.
Collins finished off the evening with a power play goal at 14:12. As was the case with the Terriers' first three goals, Collins' tally was a tip in. David VanderGulik, who got the puck from Bryan Miller, took the initial shot that Merrimack goalie Casey Guenther saved. Guenther replaced Exter with 11:31 showing on the clock after Exter had given up 4 goals on 32 shots. Guenther finished the game and stopped 4 of the 5 shots he faced.
Fields, who has three of his five shutouts against Merrimack while the others were against Northeastern and Harvard, stopped all 24 shots he faced. Ten of the saves were in the third period.
"This was a team shutout," said Serino. "They played very well in front of him."
Merrimack returns to action Tuesday night at home against Mass.-Lowell. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Courtesy Boston University Sports Information (edited).
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