No. 1 BU Hammers Ohio State, 8-3, In NCAA First Round
March 28, 2009
Courtesy of UNH
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior defenseman Matt Gilroy collected four assists and sophomore forward Nick Bonino tallied a goal and two assists to lead No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Boston University to an 8-3 victory against The Ohio State University on Saturday afternoon in the second NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal game at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
The Terriers, who won their first ever NCAA tournament meeting with Ohio State to improve to 32-6-4 on the season, return to action Sunday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena when they take on the University of New Hampshire for the right to advance to their 21st Frozen Four in school history. Ohio State ends the year with a 23-15-4 record.
Boston University took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 8:49 of the first period. Senior forward Brandon Yip passed the puck from the left point to the right circle, where Bonino fired a slapshot into the net. Gilroy was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Terriers extended their lead to 2-0 just 45 seconds later on a goal by senior forward Jason Lawrence. Bonino, from deep on the left wing, moved the puck across the crease to Lawrence, who redirected the puck inside the right post. Sophomore defenseman Colby Cohen also earned an assist on the play.
Boston U. went up by three goals at 13:16 when junior forward Zach Cohen found the back of the net. After junior defenseman Eric Gryba’s shot was blocked, the puck deflected off of Gilroy and junior forward Luke Popko before Cohen gathered the loose puck in the slot and fired it into the right side of the net.
Boston U. freshman goalie Kieran Millan, who made 22 saves in the contest, preserved that 3-0 lead when he denied sophomore forward C.J. Severyn’s redirection from the low slot in the 15th minute. At the tail end of an OSU power play, sophomore defenseman Chris Reed’s screened shot from the high slot was stopped by Millan, who also denied Elkins’ close-range bid off the rebound.
Freshman forward Corey Trivino put the Terriers in front 4-0 when he opened the second-period scoring with a goal at 5:57. Trivino carried the puck up the left side where he fed Gilroy in the slot. Gilroy then quickly slid the puck back to a rushing Trivino, who beat Ohio State goaltender Dustin Carlson into the left side of the net.
The Terriers opened a five-goal advantage just 1:04 later on a goal by Yip. Bonino, from the left circle, passed the puck to senior forward John McCarthy at the right circle. McCarthy’s shot was turned away by Carlson, but Yip cleaned up the rebound on the right side of the net as he squeezed the puck in between Carlson in the post.
Ohio State then pulled Carlson (nine saves) in favor of freshman Cal Heeter, who stopped 10 shots.
The Terriers expanded their lead to six at 13:34 on Lawrence’s second goal of the game. Colin Wilson carried the puck the length of the ice on the left wing. Senior forward Chris Higgins won the puck in the left corner and moved it back to the left circle, where Wilson centered the puck to Lawrence in the slot. Lawrence then snapped a shot over the outstretched glove of Heeter and into the top right corner of the net.
Ohio State finally jumped on the board at 15:12 of the second stanza when Corey Elkins carried the puck down the middle of the ice and split the defense as he slid the puck to the bottom of the left circle where Hunter Bishop found the back of the net after he rifled the puck in between the glove of Millan and the crossbar.
The Buckeyes then netted their second straight goal to cut their deficit to four when Zach Pelletier scored to make it 6-2. Kyle Reed won a faceoff at the right circle and streaked toward the net where his shot was saved by Millan. The rebound caromed to Reed, whose initial shot was stopped, but his second effort forced the puck into the goalmouth.
OSU scored their third unanswered goal, which came on the power play, at 11:12 of the third period. Bishop initiated the scoring sequence by winning the puck on the right halfboards and moving it to sophomore forward Ian Boots at the top of the right circle. Boots then centered the puck to freshman defenseman Matt Bartkowski in the high slot and he ripped a shot into the upper-right corner of the net.
The Terriers sealed the win with a pair of empty-net goals late in the period. Gilroy, from the right wing, passed the puck to Zach Cohen, who skated into the high slot and shot the puck into the empty net to make it 7-3 at 13:40. Colby Cohen was also credited with an assist.
Ohio State went on the power play at 15:43 and once again pulled Heeter to give the Buckeyes a 6x4 advantage. Higgins closed the scoring when he took a feed from Wilson on the left wing and buried the puck in the open net.
BU’s eight goals are tied for the second highest total in regional play.
The 11 combined goals matches the total from the early regional semifinal for third highest in regional action.