Six different players scored goals and Sean Fields turned aside 26 shots as the Terrier hockey team improved to 2-0 this season with a 6-3 win over host University of Vermont on Saturday night (October 20th).
It marked the second straight week in which the Terriers had scored six goals, as they opened their season on October 13th with a 6-5 win over RPI. It also marked the second straight week that B.U. hit double figures in shot totals in each of the three periods. Against, RPI, the Terriers had 25 shots in the first period, 13 in the second, and 19 in the third for a game total of 57. At Vermont, the totals were 13 shots in the first period, 15 in the second and 13 in the third for a total of 41.
There was also the similarity of balanced scoring in the two games. In both games, six different players scored goals. Against RPI, three of the four lines accounted for the six goals, while at Vermont, each of the four lines had at least one goal.
However, there was also a major difference in how the two games played out in the third period.
Against RPI, B.U. built up its lead to 6-1 midway through the final period and had to hold on as the Engineers scored four times in the final 8:33 of regulation.
At Vermont, the Terriers scored five unanswered goals by the middle of the second period before the Catamounts scored twice before the second period was over and once in the early minutes of the third period to cut their deficit to 5-3.
Rather than yield any more goals to the Catamounts, the Terriers played excellent defense, and in fact, got a key goal from junior Brian Collins (Shrewsbury) at 4:25. He got a pass down deep from freshman Justin Maiser (Edina, MN) and came behind the Vermont goal. Going from UVM goalie Shawn Conshafter's right to left, Collins tucked the puck under Conshafter's stick, and the Terriers led 6-3.
"That was a great effort by Collins," said Terrier head coach Jack Parker. "Actually, after we gave up that third goal, we played very well. We stopped the bleeding tonight after what happened against RPI last weekend."
The Terriers led Vermont (0-3-0) throughout as sophomores Mark Mullen (Dorchester) and Kenny Magowan (Kelowna, BC) gave the Terriers a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period. Mullen's goal, his second of the year, came at 10:20 with an assist to freshman David Klema (Roseau, MN). Then, with just 40 seconds to play in the opening period, Magowan upped the Terriers' lead to 2-0 with assists to sophomore Frantisek Skladany (Martin, Slovakia) and sophomore Gregg Johnson (Windsor, CT).
The Terriers scored three times in the second period before the Catamounts could get on the scoreboard. Freshman Brian McConnell (Norfolk) scored at 6:40 with the assists to junior John Sabo (Harding Township, NJ) and senior Mike Pandolfo (Burlington).
Then, Klema scored his second goal in as many games when he waited until the last minute before lifting the puck over a sprawled Conshafter. Freshman Ryan Whitney (Scituate) and Skladany earned the assists.
Finally, Pandolfo, who has now scored seven goals in his last five games dating back to last year, took a nifty pass from McConnell and beat Conshafter.
With his team now trailing 5-0 at 13:56 of the second period, Vermont's John Longo put his team on the scoreboard to end Fields' hopes of a shutout. Longo scored again at 18:34 with Fields screened in front.
Then, just 2:24 into the final period, Patrick Sharp cut UVM's deficit to 5-3 as the Gutterson Fieldhouse sellout crowd of 4035 had hopes of a major upset.
Those thoughts were dashed when Collins scored the game's final goal.
"We jumped on them early, and that was good," said Parker. "I think our first line of Pandolfo, McConnell, and Sabo played very well. I also liked the way Pat Aufiero (Winchester) and Freddy Meyer (Sanbornville, NH) played on defense. And, I think that Fields played well and came up with some big saves.
"Next week, we start our Hockey East schedule, and right now, I feel good about how we are playing on defense," concluded Parker. "I also like our quickness and poise."