Terriers beat Huskies in a real dogfight

Mike Petraglia
February 01, 2010 - 5:57 pm
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Alex Chiasson's shot dribbled past Chris Rawlings with 5:47 left in the third to lead the Boston University Terriers to a 2-1 win over the Northeastern Huskies in the second Beanpot semifinal on Monday night at TD Garden. Northeastern had a power play and pulled the goalie for the final 88 seconds but could not score. The Terriers (10-11-3) advance to face their archrival Boston College in the 58th Beanpot Championship game next Monday night at TD Garden. BC advanced with an easy 6-0 romp over Harvard in Monday's first semifinal. Northeastern (11-12-1) had tied it midway through the third on a power play goal by Kyle Kraemer. "I thought it was a great college hockey game to watch," said BU coach Jack Parker. "There were times when each time had a lot of possession in the other teams zone, a lot of good opportunities. Both goaltenders played great. It was pressed right to the end, they got the power play goal to tie it up and then we get the two-on-one on a nice break. "[David] Warsofsky jumping in the play creates the two-on-one and Chaisson takes the shot and gets it buy him. We'€™ve played Northeastern twice this year and got two goals total against them. We attempted 80 shots tonight and I think we attempted 86 the last time we played them over in there place. So we have had some opportunities against this goaltender and he has had played extremely well against us I thought our goalie played great and he made an unbelievable save at the end of the game." Northeastern coach Greg Cronin also thought it was a classic Beanpot tilt but with a slightly different perspective. "It was a great game, obviously, to go down to the wire like that," Cronin said. "There was a lot of drama in the game. There were five-minute majors, five-on-three'€™s. We had a six-on-four with a minute and a half to go in the game. I like the way our team played. I told them after the game that I don'€™t like the outcome, but I like the way we played, and that the game-winning goal was a reflection of playing with fire with BU. "You can'€™t turn pucks over. It was kind of a costly turnover that led to a two-on-one, but like I said, that was a good effort by Northeastern. I feel bad for the guys in the room that they didn'€™t at least get a chance to go to overtime, particularly with the six-on-four." That six-on-four golden opportunity for NU came when BU's Ross Gaudet took a hooking penalty with 1:28 left and Cronin decided to pull Rawlings. But there certainly was no gold at the end of the Northeastern rainbow as the Huskies could not sustain any pressure on BU for the potential game-tying goal. "The way the six-on-four played out was unusual," Cronin said. "It shouldn'€™t have been over on that side. We didn'€™t get a lot of quality shots. For that much time left in the game, it was a real vanilla power play. It did cost us a chance to go into overtime."

It was a great game, obviously, to go down to the wire like that. There was a lot of drama in the game. There were five-minute majors, five-on-three'€™s. We had a six-on-four with a minute and a half to go in the game. I like the way our team played. I told them after the game that I don'€™t like the outcome, but I like the way we played, and that the game-winning goal was a reflection of playing with fire with BU. You can'€™t turn pucks over. It was kind of a costly turnover that led to a two-on-one, but like I said, that was a good effort by Northeastern. I feel bad for the guys in the room that they didn'€™t at least get a chance to go to overtime, particularly with the six-on-four. The way the six-on-four played out was unusual. It shouldn'€™t have been over on that side. We didn'€™t get a lot of quality shots. For that much time left in the game, it was a real vanilla power play. It did cost us a chance to go into overtime.I thought it was a great college hockey game to watch. There were times when each time had a lot of possession in the other teams zone, a lot of good opportunities. Both goaltenders played great. It was pressed right to the end, they got the power play goal to tie it up and then we get the two-on-one on a nice break. Warsofsky jumping in the play creates the two-on-one and Chaisson takes the shot and gets it buy him. We'€™ve played Northeastern twice this year and got two goals total against them. We attempted 80 shots tonight and I think we attempted 86 the last time we played them over in there place. So we have had some opportunities against this goaltender and he has had played extremely well against us I thought our goalie played great and he made an unbelieveable save at the end of the game. When you look at the score sheet, there were a lot of opportunities and a lot of time of possession and good grade-A shots in the first period by both clubs, but after that we really limited them to how many grade-A shots we gave up. We had a 5-on-3 and a 5-on-4 power-play against us in the third period, we only gave up four shots so that'€™s really solid defense. It'€™s a great effort by my team. It was a real satisfying win for us. I think not only to get to the Beanpot final, but to get a real solid effort from everybody.
It was a great game, obviously, to go down to the wire like that. There was a lot of drama in the game. There were five-minute majors, five-on-three'€™s. We had a six-on-four with a minute and a half to go in the game. I like the way our team played. I told them after the game that I don'€™t like the outcome, but I like the way we played, and that the game-winning goal was a reflection of playing with fire with BU. You can'€™t turn pucks over. It was kind of a costly turnover that led to a two-on-one, but like I said, that was a good effort by Northeastern. I feel bad for the guys in the room that they didn'€™t at least get a chance to go to overtime, particularly with the six-on-four. The way the six-on-four played out was unusual. It shouldn'€™t have been over on that side. We didn'€™t get a lot of quality shots. For that much time left in the game, it was a real vanilla power play. It did cost us a chance to go into overtime.