BU Blitz BC In Parker’s Going Away Party

Boston University left wing MATT NIETO (18), the junior from Long Beach, California, who was nabbed by the home state San Jose Sharks in the second round (# 47 overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft and leads the Terriers with 18 goals this season, raises his stick after the puck eludes Boston College goaltender PARKER MILNER (35), the undrafted senior from Pittsburgh who backstopped the Eagles to the NCAA national championship a year ago, during the exciting Hockey East semifinal at the new Garden in Beantown.

Five unanswered goals in the second half of the topsy-turvy contest rallied underdog BOSTON UNIVERSITY led by retiring head coach JACK PARKER to an emotional 6-3 triumph over traditional arch-rival and defending national champion BOSTON COLLEGE in the semifinals of the annual Hockey East post-season tournament.

After falling behind by a pair of goals and with the midway point of the 262nd all-time meeting between the two intra-city adversaries having already passed, the Terriers’ attack suddenly awoke and netted three times before the second intermission arrived. Canadian legionnaire EVAN RODRIGUES, the undrafted sophomore from Etobicoke, Ontario, initated the comeback for Boston University, who defeated their cross-town rivals for their 129th win in the history of the 95-year-old series. Left wing MATT LANE, the little freshman from Rochester, New York, and defenseman GARRETT NOONAN, the junior from Norfolk who was picked by the Nashville Predators in the fourth round (# 112 overall) of the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, also got their names on the scoresheet for B.U. within a span of little over five minutes to startle B.C., who would go on to outshoot the Terriers by a decisive 47-27 margin.

Two power play goals from center DANNY O’REGAN, the freshman from Needham who was the fifth round selection (# 138 overall) of the San Jose Sharks at the 2012 NHL Draft last summer, gave Boston University a commanding grip in this latest edition of The Green Line Rivalry and an empty net goal from Rodrigues late in the third period sealed the doom of Boston College, the three-time defending Hockey East tournament champion who had entered the contest with a record of 22 wins against only 10 losses with four ties and the # 4 ranking in the national polls.

Boston University, the five-time national champion who improved its mark in Parker’s 40th season behind the bench for the Terriers to read 21 wins against 15 losses with two ties, still need to capture the Hockey East playoff title in order to have any realistic chance of making the school’s 33rd appearance in the annual NCAA tournament this year.



March 22, 2013
Hockey East semifinal

18:33 … BC – Arnold 17 (Whitney, Gaudreau) – ppg
28:46 … BC – Smith 8 (Mullane, Brown)
32:47 … BU – Rodrigues 13 (MacGregor)
34:21 … BU – Lane 4 (unassisted)
37:59 … BU – Noonan 6 (Grzelcyk, Hohmann) – ppg
41:52 … BU – O’Regan 15 (Oksanen, Nieto) – ppg
48:57 … BU – O’Regan 16 (Santana, Nieto) – ppg
53:43 … BC – Whitney 26 (Mullane)
57:31 … BU – Rodrigues 14

BOSTON COLLEGE : Milner – Doherty, Wey ; Matheson, Alber ; MacLeod, Linell – Gaudreau, Arnold, Straight ; Smith, Mullane, Whitney ; Sit, Brown, Dryoff ; Sullivan, Spiro, Silk

BOSTON UNIVERSITY : Maguire – Noonan, Grzelcyk ; Escobedo, Ruikka ; Oksanen, MacGregor – Nieto, O’Regan, Rodrigues ; Megan, Hohmann, Gill ; Lane, Rosen, Kurker ; Moran, Santana, Moscatel


Boston University’s Canadian legionnaire SEAN MAGUIRE, the 20-year-old freshman Powell River, British Columbia, who was chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (# 113 overall) of 2012 NHL Draft last summer, bumps fists with two-goal hero DANNY O’REGAN (10), the prolific freshman from Needham who leads the Terriers with 37 points (16 goals) this season.

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