BU Game Recap

(photo by Karen Winger)

(photo by Karen Winger)

It’s amazing what can be accomplished when a team plays full out for an entire game.  Ok, well they did look flat for the first five minutes but beyond that they went toe to toe with the defending champs and second ranked team in the country and came away at the end with the 3-2 win.  If UMass puts that kind of effort into every game this season the end result will be limitless.

I was very impressed by the defense and the play of Paul Dainton who stopped 39 shots in the game.  They did a good job of limiting BU to some low percentage shots and did their best to sweep away any rebounds from in front of the net.  Freshmen Mike Donnellan and Darren Rowe (playing his first game) were able to minimize their mistakes and seemed poised considering the magnitude of the game.  Mike Marcou had another solid game and seems to have worked himself into the regular rotation at D.  Matt Irwin continued his offensive onslaught with yet another goal.  He has now scored in five straight games going back to the end of last year and has six total in that stretch.

Another freshman who did was was Rocco Carzo who had a goal and two assists and also provided some great defensive play as well.  I think T.J. Syner’s defensive play is starting to rub off on his linemates James Marcou and Casey Wellman as that line looked much better defensively as a unit.  Wellman also came up with some very key faceoff wins at time wound down in the 3rd.  It doesn’t surprise me that Will Ortiz got the game winner, he certainly seems to have recaptured the form of his early career and has the personality to raise his game when it counts most.

I said in my preview that I couldn’t wait to see BU freshman Alex Chiasson and he did not disappoint with his two goal performance.  I knew he had some good scoring ability given his numbers in the USHL but I had no idea he had such size.  Given how he played last night I’d be surprised if there’s a better freshman in Hockey East right now.

Fear The Triangle Player Of The Game:  Danny Hobbs
Certainly Will Ortiz deserves a lot of credit for his game winner in the third but the entire play was the result of some great effort and execution by Hobbs.  He started it off with a great outlet pass from deep in his zone to Carzo.  He then hustled up the ice, got the puck back and made a nice pass to Ortiz who put it past Kieran Millan.  Hobbs provided some great two way play for the entire game before that sequence as well.

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Here’s a shot blurb from the Boston Globe on the game and one from the Boston Herald.  Too bad they couldn’t actually send someone out to the hinterlands to cover the game.

Joe Meloni of College Hockey News reminds us that while early season wins are nice it’s the one’s next spring that count the most.  He should know, he was with the Collegian last year.

Here’s the recap from the Gazette’s Matt Vautour.

Jack Parker says his team tried to play too cute in this recap from the Republican.

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Elsewhere in Hockey East, Providence couldn’t make it two in a row as they lost at Notre Dame.  UNH is not off to a good start after getting beat 6-3 by Miami last night.  Northeastern beat Bentley while Merrimack defeated Holy Cross.  Things are not getting any better in Orono has the Black Bears lost to Michigan State 5-3.

Alright, now off to tailgate and hope that football can continue to Homecoming Weekend success.

10 Comments

  1. SWampy

     /  October 17, 2009

    I wish you were a sports writer for the Globe instead of a mucky-muck in retail.(-;

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  2. Mel

     /  October 17, 2009

    Have to agree with you on the Marcou, Wellman, Syner line. They were great on both ends last night. As for writing for the Globe, as long as your politics slant way to the left, you will be welcome with open arms. Not sure how much money they would be able to pay you though. 🙂

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  3. transrapide

     /  October 17, 2009

    The Meloni article hit it just right. Wins in October over ranked teams are nice, but it’s a very long season. It seems to happen every year…beat BU or BC or UNH in October but end up in 7th when March comes around. It’s the games in Jan and Feb in HE really count. Let’s hope this version of the Minutemen are different, as Meloni suggests. Time will tell.

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    • justin

       /  October 18, 2009

      no doubt they need to play hard all year, but points in october count as much as points in february…

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  4. Ryan

     /  October 17, 2009

    Big win, no doubt about it. A couple things that had me shaking my head were in the 3rd period the great pass by Marcou to Wellman, who had his head up in the air and his stick off the ice. That could have easily iced the game, but luckily they were able to old on. I also think that they are relying too much on their defensive aspect of the game, and need to work on capitalizing on scoring chances. (examples: Wellman play, Langeraap breakaway misses net)

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    • I think the problem is some of the guys still look to pass first and score second. Hopefully that changes as the season progresses. UMass really needs everyone to put the puck on net.

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      • Ryan

         /  October 18, 2009

        That’s one thing I miss about Alex Berry. He always seemed to have a head of steam and would wind up and just fire it.

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  5. ganderson

     /  October 18, 2009

    Good game – I thought that even though they were outplayed in the second stanza, they were not outworked- and isn’t the Ortiz photo above and on USCHO from 2 years ago?

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