Senior center Carl Corazzini (Framingham) scored a pair of goals but it was not enough as the Terrier hockey team dropped a 5-4 decision to host Merrimack College on Friday night (November 3rd).
The loss dropped B.U.'s record to 1-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league action, while Merrimack improved to 3-3-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the league.
The two teams will battle each other again on Saturday night (November 4th) at Walter Brown Arena. Faceoff is at 7:00 p.m.
"If you score four goals in this league, it should be enough to win," said a disappointed head coach Jack Parker. "We scored four goals tonight and didn't win."
B.U. staked Merrimack to a 2-0 lead at the 8:28 mark of the first period.
Brad Mills scored the first goal at 6:28 when his shot from the right faceoff circle beat Terrier junior goalie Jason Tapp (Kelowna, BC). Steve Moon upped the Warriors' lead to 2-0 at 8:28 when his shot from the left point was screened, and it beat Tapp to his left side.
"We did not play well in the first half of that first period," said Parker.
The Terriers came back to tie the game, though, on Corazzini's two goals.
The first came at 18:15 of the first period when he played a perfect give-and-go with sophomore John Sabo (Harding Township, NJ). Corazzini finished with the puck and his shot from in close beat Merrimack goalie Tom Welby to the far side. Junior Jack Baker (South Boston) also earned an assist.
Corazzini's second goal came with just 12 seconds to play in the period, and the Terriers were on a power play. He was camped in front of Welby and took advantage of a Sabo shot that Welby saved. However, Welby left the rebound at the doorstep and Corazzini pushed it home. Sophomore John Cronin (Duxbury) picked up the second assist.
Merrimack scored the game's only goal in the second period as Joey Gray took advantage of a rebound right in front of Tapp.
Sabo tied the game with a power play goal at 3:30 of the third period with assists going to Corazzini and sophomore Mike Bussoli (Calgary, ALTA). However, the Warriors scored a pair of unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead at 6:53 of the third period.
Ryan Kiley scored the first one at 4:31 of the period when his shot trickled off Tapp's pads into the goal. Then, Anthony Aquino scored the next at 6:53 when he collected a rebound in front of Tapp and lifted the puck just under the cross bar.
The Terriers' closed out the scoring at 9:35 when Bussoli took a shot from the left point that beat Welby. Both Cronin and junior Mike Pandolfo (Burlington) had assists. At the time, B.U. was enjoying a two-man advantage, which was their second of the game. In the second period, they had a 5-on-3 for 29 seconds but could not take advantage.
The Terriers finished the game 3-of-8 on the power play, while Merrimack was 2-of-7.
"I thought we did a good job on our power play as well as killing penalties," said Parker. "I was also happy with how hard we played, and how we battled after being down 2-0 early in the game.
"I was also impressed with their speed and grittiness," said Parker. "Welby also played well in goal for them. I also thought they played well in our zone, and, when we were in their zone, they kept us from getting second and third shots on goal."
Boston University 2 0 2 -- 4
Merrimack 2 1 2 -- 5
First Period: MC-Mills (Aquino, Pyliotis), 6:28; MC-Moon (Pyliotis, Aquino), 8:28; B.U.-Corazzini (Baker, Sabo), 18:15; B.U.-Corazzini (Sabo, Cronin), ppg, 19:48.
Second Period: MC-Gray (Riley, Rosa), ppg, 12:16.
Third Period: B.U.-Sabo (Corazzini, Bussoli), ppg; 3:30; MC-Kiley (Foster, Smith), 4:31; MC-Aquino (Moon, Parillo), ppg, 6:53; B.U.-Bussoli (Cronin, Pandolfo), ppg, 9:35.
Penalties: B.U., 10-for-20; MC, 11-for-22 Power Play: B.U., 3-for-8; MC, 2-for-7 Shots: B.U., 12-8-12-32; MC, 12-7-7-26 Saves: Tapp (B.U.), 10-6-5-21; Welby (MC), 10-8-10-28