BU Turns Things Around, Gets Split
by Jason Klump/CHN Writer
BOSTON Coming off its first loss of the season, and a bad effort at that, Boston University got back on its home ice and turned it around, earning a split of the home-and-home weekend with New Hampshire.
The first period at Agganis resembled the three played at the Whittemore Center, with UNH controlling the action. But BU didn't allow things to snowball this time.
"To be honest, it's a tough place to play," said BU defenseman Alex Chiasson of UNH's home-ice advantage, which it used to great effect Friday in dominating BU. "It's such a big rink and they're so good at it. Whatever forecheck we bring to them, they just know what to do."
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead, and then a 2-1 lead midway through the second. But the complexion of the game changed as BU capitalized on UNH turnovers and exposed Wildcat goalie Matt DiGirolamo up high.
New Hampshire had road wins this season already against Cornell, Miami and Boston College — and was already off to a great start worthy of notice even before handing BU its first loss of the season Friday.
"I'm disappointed we lost the game," said Dick Umile. "We came down here ready to play and I thought we played a very good first period. I told my team after the second period, 'We just assisted on four goals they scored.' I thought my team mismanaged the puck in our own end. We gave them the goals."
BU coach Jack Parker said, "When you score four goals in a period, you're doing something right and the goaltender is making some mistakes. We did get up high on him. (Sahir) Gill's goal wasn't up high. It was five-hole, he just undressed him, exploded to the net. But the [first] three were up over him."
Matt Nieto tied it at one in the first minute and Adam Clendenning at two midway through the frame before Alex Chiasson's shorthanded laser under the bar at 16:22 gave BU the lead for good.
BU lost co-captain Chris Connolly in the first period to a broken finger that will have him out 4-6 weeks.
Grant Rollheiser became the second BU goalie to record a career-high in saves with 41, after Kieran Millan put up 44 in the loss at UNH Friday.
"First, that was a nice turnaround by us from last night," said Parker. "We got one grade-A shot last night. It was like the grade-A area was radioactive and we didn't want to go in there at all. We got out and got after them a lot better tonight. Like most of our wins this year, goaltending has been huge."