Four different players scored goals and freshman goalie Rick DiPietro (Worcester, Mass) turned aside 21 shots to lift the Terrier hockey team to a 4-2 win over the University of New Hampshire in front of a sellout crowd of 3806 at B.U.’s Walter Brown Arena on January 29th.
The win moved the nation’s sixth-ranked Terriers (15-6-6 overall, 10-1-5 in Hockey East) into first place in Hockey East over the nation’s top-ranked New Hampshire (18-4-4; 10-2-4 in the league) Wildcats. B.U. now has 25 points, while the Wildcats have 24.
It also concluded a month that saw the Terriers play five teams, three of whom are ranked in the top-10, and post a 4-0-4 record.
"After we came back from New Hampshire last night (Friday, January 28th), I told the team to follow this," Terrier head coach Jack Parker said in Saturday night’s post-game press conference. "This month, we have gone tie, win (over BC), win, tie (over Maine), win (over UMass/Lowell), tie (over Yale), tie (over New Hampshire on Friday night).
"They all said ‘win,’" smiled Parker. "That’s higher education at its best." It wasn’t until the second period, though, that the team put its words into action. The first period was scoreless. In fact, the Terriers were outshot, 13-6, as DiPietro made some outstanding saves.
"We didn’t play well for about half the period," said Parker.
Then, in the second period, the Terriers scored three uanswered goalsby Jack Baker (South Boston, Mass.), Dan Cavanaugh (Springfield, Mass.), and John Sabo (Harding Twp, NJ) in the second period to take a 3-0 lead at 14:05 of the period. Baker was assisted by John Cronin (Duxbury, Mass.) and Carl Corazzini (Framingham, Mass.) at 2:39. Cavanaugh got assists from Tommi Degerman (Helsinki, FIN) and Cronin at 7:10. Finally, Sabo, who scored on the Terrier power play, was assisted by Baker and Pat Aufiero (Winchester, Mass.) at 14:05.
New Hampshire’s Darren Haydar brought his team to within two goals when he beat DiPietro on the power play at 15:39 of the second period.
Haydar scored again at 4:26 of the third period and that’s the way the score remained until Chris Heron (Mississauga, ONT) tallied into an empty net with just 1:07 to play in the game. The assists went to Cavanaugh and Degerman.
"I thought we played very well tonight," said Parker. "We did a good job holding them off, and we got a great night on defense from Dyment, Aufiero, and Meyer (Freddy Meyer, Sanbornville, NH).
"I also thought Corazzini played a great game at both ends of the ice, and the line of Cavanaugh, Heron, and Degerman has been coming on the last few games.
"It was a helluva weekend," said Parker looking back on the 3-3 tie on Friday night and the 4-2 win on Saturday night. "We need the points in the league, and it put some space between us and some of the other teams in the league as far as home ice for the playoffs is concerned."