Trivino's Last, Best Chance
by Joe Meloni/CHN Staff Writer
BOSTON Entering their fourth season at Boston University, Terrier coach Jack Parker usually knows what to expect from his players.
With Chris Connolly this season, he has a shifty, creative forward that can play in every situation. Kieran Millan, the BU goaltender, was clearly ready for his final chance to prove himself as one of the premier netminders in the country.
Corey Trivino, though, had always been difficult to figure exactly. On one end of the ice, he's been among the Terriers' best defensive forwards since his career began in 2009. Offensively, there have been a few stretches that told Parker Trivino possessed the skills necessary to take over game. However, Trivino's had a few others that made Parker question whether or not he'd ever get that point.
At the moment, Trivino's in one of those stretches — the good ones. Through three games, he's scored three goals and assisted on three others, while leading units on both special teams for the 2-1-0 Terriers. Maybe last year, Parker would remain skeptical of Trivino's success. Not this season, though. Parker's convinced Trivino will maintain this level of play through the season — so are Trivino's teammates.
The reason isn't particularly difficult to pinpoint, either. He has to. There are no more seasons remaining to define his legacy at BU. No more chances at leading his team to the glory he followed Matt Gilroy to as a freshman.
"He's one of our top players this year, and I think he knows that," junior winger Alex Chiasson said. "It's his last season here. If he wants to move on to the next level, he has to have a pretty big year. Guys look up to him. He works hard in practice. He worked hard all summer. His skills and his speed are just over everyone else's."
"I think he's just feeling that it's time for him to take over a little bit," Parker said. "He's a senior, and he wants to get as much as ice time."
Trivino seems to agree with the assessment of both Chiasson and Parker.
"It's my last year. I want to go out with a bang," Trivino said. "I was recruited to BU to score goals. Hopefully, throughout the year, I can continue to do what I'm doing."
Consistent contributions without the puck earn young players plaudits from their coaches and more ice time in critical moments. For the Terriers to get to their ultimate goal this season — a couple games in Tampa next spring — Trivino needs to continue making a difference when the puck is on his stick. And he can do that in any number of ways. Against New Hampshire last Friday, a good read and a beautiful redirection of a pass from Connolly resulted in his first goal.
Saturday night, his goal was hardly pretty, but the result of experience and relentless effort. With the Terriers killing a penalty, Millan collected the puck at his goal line and fired it down the ice. Denver goaltender Adam Murray played the puck with a defenseman to his right, waiting for the pass. Murray hesitated briefly, and Trivino turned it on.
"I saw Kieran had the puck behind the net. I started skating, because I knew he was going to ice it. I started scooting down, and I saw their goalie had it had it," Trivino said. "I just wanted pressure him, so he would have to pass it. Thankfully, he just kind of bobbled it. I took it and wrapped it into the net."
Hardly his prettiest goal as a Terrier, but it counts just the same. That effort, paired with the skills that earned him a place at BU to begin with, will likely be a deciding factor in the eventual success of the Terriers this season.
Playing with Connolly and sophomore Sahir Gill has Trivino at his best. His coach is impressed, and his teammates are following. They're convinced he'll maintain his level of play throughout the season.
So is Trivino. He is a senior, after all. He really doesn't have much of a choice.