Roundup: Woll, BC Bounce Back For Split with BU
CHN Staff Report
One night after getting deluged with seven goals against, Boston College's [[Joe Woll]] shut down rival Boston University in a 4-1 bounceback win Saturday.
Woll was particularly strong in the second and third period, but BU outshot BC, 30-12.
"I think you go into each game with the same mindset. As the game got a little out of hand last night, I didn't play as well as I could have," Woll said. "I made it a point to show up tonight and play a full 60 minutes and give my team a chance to win. ... We kept them to the outside, and kept them from getting rebounds."
The Terriers were held without a goal on six power-play chances, including one late in the third, when they also pulled the goalie for an extra skater. The score was 3-1 at the time, and the penalty ended with 1:29 remaining. BC added an empty netter soon thereafter.
"We didn't go into the weekend saying we wanted to get a split, but that was our only alternative this morning," BC head coach Jerry York said. "We got a good start. This time we stayed with that. ... The second period, BU came out very strong. ... Joe was the story. He played exceptionally well in a lot of segments, but especially on the 6-on-4."
Sophomomre Ron Greco scored his third goal of the weekend in the second period to build the Eagles' 3-1 lead. Greco had just three goals in 50 career games prior to this weekend. That followed quick-strike, first-period goals from Connor Moore and David Cotton.
“Two costly mistakes early,” BU coach David Quinn said. “It’s tough to dig yourself out of that hole when you have the first-place team in here with a goalie like that.”
York had no qualms sticking with Woll after last night's game, saying that he didn't deserve much of the blame.
"Five of the goals last night were turnovers," York said. "We talked about managing the puck better, that means putting it in a safer area. ... We really keyed on that. Turnovers at the red line, turnovers at the blue line, turnovers in that gray area 10 feet inside the offensive blue line ... That comes with maturity. And if you harp on it enough, hopefully it gets better. If you have the puck on your stick, you have to make a good play."
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Senior defenseman Richard Boyd scored his first goal of the season early in the first period, and that was all New Hampshire needed in defeating Providence, 1-0, for a split of the weekend set.
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Adam Gaudette scored twice and Cayden Primeau made 28 saves for the second straight night to lead Northeastern to a 3-1 victory over Merrimack and a sweep of the home-and-home series. The win moves the Huskies to 7-3-0 in conference play, good for second place in Hockey East.
Special teams were the difference for the Huskies, who went 2-of-4 on the man advantage while holding Merrimack to 0-of-3. Gaudette got things started for the visitors with a power-play strike late in the first period, the 26th of his career.
"At the end of the day, we need to be more disciplined than we were," Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy said. "We got drawn into a lot of penalties that hurt us. Their better players — they have two guys, Gaudette and (Dylan) Sikura, that could be in the NHL right now, and they were excellent. Their goalie played really well. I thought we dominated large stretches of that game. But at the end of the day, they scored three and we scored one. What we can't do is feel sorry for ourselves or get frustrated."
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Also, Maine got two goals from Nolan Vesey for a 6-2 win over Vermont and three points in the weekend series.