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BU Rallies For Beanpot Consolation Win

by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer

BOSTON — People think of a consolation game as one that draws little attention. No television, no crowd, no nothing.

Those people missed out on an exciting Boston University come-from-behind victory against Northeastern, 5-4.

Terrier coach Jack Parker put some of his "bench" players in, including freshman goaltender Adam Kraus.

For the Terriers, who are usually in the championship game, getting motivated was an issue they had to address.

"Obviously you want to be in the finals," said BU captain Brian McGuirk. "But we'll be seeing these guys two more times and you want to set the tone for the series."

"It was important to play those guys who hadn't played in a Beanpot before," Parker said. "We knew who we were going to play, but the guys that sat out didn't deserve to sit out."

"We know we can count on guys throughout the lineup," said McGuirk. "We're confident in everyone."

Colin Wilson was the hero for the Terriers, netting an important goal that made it 4-3 in the second, and then scoring the winning goal in the end.

"I thought he played well," said Northeastern coach Greg Cronin about Wilson. "He scored a nice goal. The third [Terrier] goal he scored down the left side was a hell of a shot.

"It brought life back into them. He's a good hockey player."

Said Parker, "I was very disappointed in our effort mostly with the way we played in the second ... but we played well in the first period and we played hard in the third."

The Terriers' dominant third period saw Matt Gilroy tie the game, while Wilson netted a controversial game winner.

"When a guy pulls a defenseman's stick out of his hands and throws it into the slot, I don't understand how you miss that," said Cronin in curt fashion. "The guy whose stick is suppose to be in the lane the puck went through the guy scored the goal. I saw it from the bench.

"I couldn't understand missing it, but when he takes it and throws it, the explanation is pathetic ... obviously I'm pissed off. I don't know how you can miss that."

This game was important to both teams for the stretch run.

Cronin said, "We can't give up five goals down the stretch. That was an important game for use because we're right on the bubble Pairwise of the NCAA tournament."

BU has Maine, these Huskies, Massachusetts and Providence left in the regular season.

"I think we can make a run to get home ice for Hockey East," said Parker about the impact of the victory. "The opportunities are there with the teams we are playing."

"The effort has to be there every time." McGuirk noted. "If the effort is there, we can be successful."

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