MEN'S HOCKEY BLANKED BY NO. 2 BOSTON UNIVERSITY, 5-0
BOSTON – Colin Wilson scored a pair of goals and Kieran Millan stopped all 22 shots he faced to lift second-ranked Boston University to a 5-0 shutout win over 11th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team on Friday night at Agganis Arena. UNH moves to 11-7-4, 7-5-3 HE, while BU improves to 17-5-1, 10-5-1 HE.
BU controlled play early on and built a 3-0 first-period lead. The Terriers jumped out to an early lead potting the game’s first tally just 38 seconds in as Colin Wilson scored off the rebounds of a Chris Higgins shot. Jason Lawrence was also credited with an assist. BU built on its early momentum with a goal just under five minutes in as Corey Trivino scored with assists Vinny Sapanori and Chris Connolly at 4:31. Lawrence scored an even-strength goal with helpers from Higgins and Wilson at 13:38. Higgins carried the puck into the offensive zone and made a cross ice pass to a crashing Lawrence for the one-timer. The Terriers held an 11-5 advantage in shots in the period.
The Terriers scored the lone goal of the second period with just under two minutes remaining. The even-strength tally by Wilson, his second of the game, came with an assist from Higgins at 17:55 and gave BU a 4-0 lead at the second intermission. The Terriers held a 14-9 shot advantage.
BU would add a fifth goal on the power play at 11:03 of the third period off a puck that deflected in off a Wildcat skate. Trivion potted the extra-skater goal, while Colby Cohen and Connolly were credited with the assists.
Brian Foster (Pembroke, N.H.) stopped 24 shots in 51:03 including 13 in the second stanza and falls to 10-5-3. He was relieved by Matt DiGirolamo (Penilyn, Pa.), who stopped one shot in the final 8:57. BU’s Millan improves to 13-1-1 by stopping all 22 shots he faced.
Offensively, Kevin Kapstad (Boxboro, Mass.) had a team-best four shots on net, while Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.) had three shots all in the second period.
UNH was 0-8 on the power play, while the Terriers were 1-4 in their extra-skater opportunities.
The shutout is the first time the Wildcats have been blanked in 76 games a mark that was tied with the Terriers for longest in the nation.
The teams complete the home-and-home series on Saturday (7 p.m.) at Whittemore Center. The game, which will be broadcast live on NESN, is the Wildcats’ annual ‘Blue Out the Whit’ night and fans are encouraged to wear their blue.