Oct. 19, 2008
Box Score | In-Game Blog
DURHAM, N.H. - The fifth-ranked Boston University men's ice hockey team was handed its first loss of the season on Sunday evening, as No. 6 New Hampshire recorded a 2-1 victory at Whittemore Center. For the second time in as many games, the Terriers and their opponent combined for 19 penalties, and all three goals were scored on the power play. Senior Jason Lawrence scored the lone tally for BU, who moves to 3-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in Hockey East play.
After opening the scoring at 11:58 of the first, UNH took a 2-0 lead at the 5:32 mark of the second. BU, which held an 18-1 shot advantage in the second period, cut the deficit in half with Lawrence's marker on a 5-on-3 advantage with just under seven minutes left in the middle period.
Behind a 31-save performance from junior goaltender Brian Foster, the Wildcats, who were playing in their Hockey East opener, held off the Terriers and improved to a perfect 3-0-0 on the year. BU dropped its road opener for the seventh straight season.
Freshman Grant Rollheiser had another strong outing between the pipes for the Terriers, making 22 saves, including all 10 shots he faced in the third period to keep the visitors in the game.
For better or worse, penalties were the story of the game. BU was whistled for nine, including five straight in the first period, while the home team was charged with six consecutive penalties in the middle period as part of its total of 10 for the game.
The Wildcats were enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage when they opened the scoring at 11:58 of the first with sophomore Joe Pereira and junior Eric Gryba in the box for hooking and holding penalties, respectively.
Sophomore Phil DeSimone scored his first goal of the season just one second after Pereira left the box, as the forward converted from the bottom of the right circle by sneaking the puck just past Rollheiser's left skate. Sophomore James van Riemsdyk and senior Kevin Kapstad assisted on the play.
Another power-play chance for the Wildcats, combined with a bad line change on the BU side, led to their second goal at 5:32 of the second. Kapstad picked up the puck and slung it over the left side, where van Riemsdyk was there to drive in and beat Rollheiser on what was UNH's only shot of the middle period.
The Terriers got one back on a 5-on-3 opportunity of their own, as Lawrence sent home a puck from the slot on assists from sophomores Colin Wilson and Colby Cohen at 13:06 of the second. From the left point, Cohen passed to the right circle, where Wilson quickly found Lawrence for what ended up being the only shot that got by Foster on the evening.
Play was even during the third, mostly because there were only three penalties called in the period. Both goalies stood tall down the stretch, however, and the game resulted in a 2-1 win for the Wildcats.
BU, which held a 32-24 advantage in shots, was 1-of-9 on the power play, while the home team was 2-of-8.
The Terriers will return to action on Saturday (Oct. 25) when they play host to second-ranked Michigan as part of Reunion & Alumni Weekend. Game time is set for 7 p.m.