Oct. 19, 2013
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Coach Quinn's Postgame Comments
BOSTON - Seven Terriers found the back of the net to lead the No. 15 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a 7-3 triumph over No. 2 Wisconsin on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena. BU outscored the visitors by a 6-2 margin over the final two periods to improve to 3-1-0 on the season.
Junior Cason Hohmann recorded a goal and three assists to be one of seven BU players who had a multi-point night. Sophomore Matt O'Connor had a 40-save performance, posting at least 14 saves each period.
BU never trailed in the game, opening the scoring on a power-play goal by sophomore Ahti Oksanen midway through the first period. Wisconsin got a power-play tally of its own late in the period from Jake McCabe to draw even, but the Terriers scored three times in the middle stanza to take the lead for good.
The Badgers (2-2-0) also got goals from Keegan Meuer and Michael Mersch while holding a 43-26 shot advantage. Goaltender Landon Peterson stopped just 19 of the 26 shots he faced.
The Terriers converted on three of their seven chances with the man advantage and the visitors went 2-for-4 on the power play.
Freshman Robbie Baillargeon had the best game of his young career, potting his first collegiate goal in addition to a pair of assists. Senior Garrett Noonan had the same scoring line (1g, 2a) while Oksanen and fellow sophomores Matt Grzelcyk and Matt Lane each notched a goal and an assist. Another sophomore, Mike Moran, rounded out the septet of goal scorers with his second career tally.
Arguably the biggest goal of the contest was the eventual game-winner. With BU holding a 3-2 lead late in the second period while on a power play, a shot by Grzelcyk from the right point found its way through traffic to the back of the net to give the home team a 4-2 advantage heading into the second intermission.
It capped an action-filled second period in which four goals were scored between the Terriers and Badgers with three coming in less than a minute.
The first in the series of came at 10:28 from Noonan just inside the Badger blue line for his second goal of the season and second point of the night. Oksanen set up Noonan after receiving a feed from sophomore Danny O'Regan.
Just 18 seconds later, Baillargeon made the score 3-1 in favor of the Terriers when he registered his first collegiate goal with a tip-in above the left crease on an offer from Grzelcyk.
However, Wisconsin came right back at 11:07 to put it back to a one-goal contest when Meuer found a scoring opportunity directly in front of the Terrier net. Eddie Wittchow and Chase Drake assisted on the play.
BU took its first three-goal lead of the night early in the third when Moran took a great feed from senior Patrick MacGregor and skated up the right side on a 2-on-1. With Hohmann moving in across the slot, Moran chose to shoot and snuck the puck under Peterson and in.
Midway through the final stanza, Mersch scored what would be Wisconsin's third and final goal of the evening on a power play from the top of the left circle to make it a 5-3 affair. Mark Zengerle earned his second assist of the night on the marker.
Less than a minute later at 11:04, Lane tallied his first goal of the season after drawing a penalty while coming around the right side of the net. He turned around and fired a shot from the middle of the left circle that beat Peterson.
To cap the 7-3 victory, Hohmann earned his second goal of the season after putting the puck in from behind the Badger net on a power play with 6:49 left in regulation.
Boston had seven minor penalties on the night while Wisconsin had 10 penalties for a total of 42 minutes, including two game misconducts.
The Terriers will visit Ann Arbor to face Michigan at Yost Ice Arena next Friday (Oct. 25) before heading over to Michigan State the following night. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. both nights.