BOSTON, Mass. -- Boston University freshman goalie Sean Fields stopped 36-of-37 University of New Hampshire shots to lead the Terriers to a 2-1 upset win over the nation's sixth-ranked Wildcats in Hockey East action at B.U. on Friday night (January 26th).
A Walter Brown Arena crowd of 3586 was on hand to see the Terriers improve their overall record to 9-12-2, while they are 6-7-2 in the league. In the meantime, New Hampshire slipped to 16-6-5 overall and 7-4-4 in the league.
Fields, who improved his record to 4-3-1, was most impressive in the second period when he stopped all 11 New Hampshire shots, two of which were from point blank range. Nathan Martz took the first of the two shots from about five feet in front of Fields. The goalie flashed his glove and made a sterling save.
The second shot came on a breakaway by Darren Haydar who came in alone on Fields. Haydar, who entered the game with 13 goals, took his shot but Fields stopped the puck with his pads.
"Fields won the game for us in that second period," said Terrier head coach Jack Parker.
Fields also sparkled in both the first and third periods, as he turned aside 12-of-12 shots in the first period and 13-of-14 in the third period. The only shot to get by him came at 4:58 of the third period when New Hampshire's Lanny Gare took a shot that trickled past Fields. At the time, the Wildcats were enjoying their second 5-on-3 opportunity of the game.
In all, New Hampshire had nine power play chances in the game but could convert on just that one 5-on-3 situation.
"Our penalty killing tonight was fabulous," said Parker. "In fact, along with the goaltending, it was the best part of our game."
Juniors Jack Baker and Mike Pandolfo provided Fields' offensive support.
Baker got the Terriers on the scoreboard just 34 seconds into the game when he collected his own rebound and pushed it past New Hampshire goalie Ty Conklin.
That's the way the score remained until the 17:13 mark of the second period when Pandolfo stole the puck at the New Hampshire blue line from defenseman Mike Lubesnick. Pandolfo skated in alone and beat Conklin to score what proved to be the game-winner.
The game was marked by 29 penalties for 58 minutes-18 for 36 minutes against the Terriers and 11 for 22 minutes against the Wildcats.
Both Parker and New Hampshire's Dick Umile were very pleased with their teams' efforts.
"I liked the way our team played tonight," said Umile. "We played very, very hard. The puck just didn't go in the net for us.
"We had opportunities to win the game, but we just didn't get it done," concluded the coach. "We had a big effort tonight," said Parker. "The difference between tonight and last Friday night was night and day."
Last Friday night, the Terriers put on a dismal effort en route to losing to UMass/Lowell, 4-1.
Parker was so upset about his team's effort that he did not have them practice last Saturday or have a game-day skate last Sunday in preparation for the Terriers' game against Niagara. In fact, Parker even cancelled the pre-game meal. The move paid off as the Terriers defeated Niagara, 5-1.
They followed that win with Friday night's (January 26th) win over New Hampshire.
"We will have our hands full at New Hampshire tomorrow night (January 27th)," Parker said in referring to the wrapup of the home-and-home weekend series.