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Tips prove costly for Millan, Boston University

— When it comes to tips, Boston University really paid Monday night.

In the nightcap of the Beanpot semifinals, Boston College scored all three goals off a Boston University defender. Pucks tipped off Terriers every way imaginable, leaving Kieran Millan the unlucky loser in net despite a heroic effort with many game-saving stops.

Jimmy Hayes had a breakaway halfway through the second period. Millan made the pad save.

The Eagles swarmed the net later in the period, and Millan finally swept the puck out of the crease like a baseball player taking a one-handed swing.

At the end of the period, it took a video review to prove that Millan denied Hayes again, apparently with an inch or two to spare on the goal line.

Most dramatically of all, he made the save of the night with 52 seconds left in regulation. Just after BC killed off two Terriers penalties, Brian Dumoulin went in all alone with the game on his stick. Millan stopped him, too. He made 37 saves altogether.

The only ones he couldn’t keep out were the result of friendly fire. “It’s frustrating,” Millan said. “Tonight, I thought we played a good game for a full 60 minutes, and I thought we did a good job in overtime, too. We did a good job of limiting their scoring opportunities, but that being said they managed to get three goals. Three is enough to win a game usually, so we lost.”

Those three goals left Terriers coach Jack Parker scratching his head. “They got three goals: One of them popped off of my defenseman’s shoulder and went into the net. One went off my defenseman’s stick and into the net, and one went off of my defenseman’s left leg and went in the net.”

“You try and stay in position,” Millan said when asked about dealing with quirky tips and bounces. “If it happens, those are the easy ones to forget because you really can’t do anything about it. You’re not blaming yourself afterward. As a goalie, it’s disappointing — having three in a game doesn’t help out. I’m pretty sure BC scored a couple against us that way last time in the Beanpot. I don’t why that is.”

BC indeed scored at least one goal off a BU defenseman in the 2010 Beanpot championship, and that was a one-goal game. The Terriers have picked some bad timing to have bad luck.

That last goal Monday was especially painful for the BU faithful. After an epic battle between the archrivals, it was settled on a seemingly innocuous floater that found its way through three or four players before hitting Terriers defenseman Adam Clendening and going in.

“I caught it late because there was a bit of a screen, but it ended up going off one of our players’ stick anyways,” Millan said. “Tough pill to swallow, but there’s still a lot ahead of us this season. We’ll take this in stride and hopefully beat them in the Hockey East playoffs.”

After getting beaten decisively by BC in the first two games, BU came closer than ever tonight. Millan is a big reason why. Last Friday night against Massachusetts-Lowell, he made several astonishing third-period saves.

The Alberta native had a storybook freshman season, winning the 2009 national championship. The Terriers wouldn’t have even made the Frozen Four that year if not for Millan’s amazing effort against New Hampshire in the Northeast Regional final.

Like most of the Terriers, he wasn’t at his best during the first half of last season. Lately, though, he’s looked as good as he ever has in a BU uniform.

“He’s done it all year long for us, and we’ve been breaking down sometimes in front of him,” Parker said. “He’s played much better than his goals-against average and save percentage indicate. He hasn’t had a shutout this year, and we’ve let him down that way. I think he’s played his best hockey he’s ever played in this stretch. I think we’re getting better now, and we’re catching up to him now.”

Maybe the Terriers owe Millan a dinner for what he has done for the team this season. In the future, though, they should reserve any tips around their goalie for the wait staff.


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  • bc hky fan

    Hahahahahah Weighart with the puff piece. I wonder if he’s still in the press box crying.

  • Evah to Excel!!!!

    BC doesn’t have to apologize for winning, just like BU never apologized for their surprise or bounce of the puck wins in 99, 03, 05, 06, and 07. BU had some great chances in the last 10 minutes, John Muse was better. Get over it BU, get over it USCHO, BC was the better squad tonight.

  • lah02476

    PATHETIC article by USCHO’s resident BU apologist!

  • Beanpot fan!

    I agree with the 3 prior posts … GET OVER IT WEIGHART, and I don’t know you as a BU apologist (but I guess you are??). That was a tremendous game last night, even with the refs giving BU 3 power plays in the final 5 minutes, including a limited 5-3.

    Both teams played excellent hockey, BC was the better team.

    There’s no crying in baseball; er hockey!

    I would like to know what Coach Parker thought when BC “FINALLY” got a power play in overtime though. I was waiting for Coach Parker to be on the dasher admonishing the officials for calling a penalty on BU! How dare they!

  • Irish Spectre

    …sorry Mr. Weighart, but this piece of “journalism” has “agenda” written all over it. Contrary to your obvious implication that BC got lucky, the team that played the best last night, and that IS the best, won the contest.

    First off, you’ve stated at least two factual errors. Jimmy Hayes’ goal was a total snipe, touching no BU traffic on its way into the net. Also, it was Philip Samuelsson, not Brian Dumoulin, who got stymied on a breakaway with just under a minute remaining in regulation.

    The fact is that BU’s lucky that the game went into OT at all, with BC having been screwed on the 2nd period Jimmy Hayes no-goal call which clearly crossed the line for a split second before the BU defender pulled it back out; just ask NESN’s Andy Brickley and Don Orsillo, both of whom were unequivocal about it, and watch the replay from behind the net for yourself.

    Most telling is your comment “After getting beaten decisively by BC in the first two games, BU came closer than ever tonight.” Yes, that’s right, going all the way back at least to the ’97-’98 season (when BC lost the national title in OT), the BC hockey program on the whole has been far superior to its BU rival. The statistics, most notably concerning the national tournament, bear that out in spades. Hence, BU Nation has been reduced to taking comfort in moral victories, led by the venerable Jackie Parker, who last night offered to the Boston Herald the following: “They [BC] are the best team in the country, and we went toe-to-toe with them.”

  • Jay

    It’s no secret that Weighart is a BU grad and only writes about his beloved Terriers. Sad, really. This is some pathetic journalism. A “heroic” effort from Millan? Are you kidding me? BTW, the last two BC goals didn’t take much of a deflection at all.

    I’m sure Weighart thought Colby Cohen’s OT winner was a “heroic” shot.

  • rhody

    As a Terrier, win or lose, I’m encouraged to see the Millan of ’09 has recently returned. The first seven periods against BC this year, he was awful. He’s been terrific the last five – if he keeps playing like this, we make the NCAAs.
    I’m a little disappointed with NESN re: the BC goal/nongoal. The puck did cross the line, but I would’ve needed to watch that angle with live sound to determine whether or not the whistle blew beforehand (don’t know if the officials got to check that out). If it had been called a goal on the ice, it certainly wouldn’t have been erased.
    Each game against the number one team in the land has gotten progressively better – blowout, semiblowout, one-goal game, OT. BU’s been on the other end of that equation, and I don’t think BC wants to see us again this year, either.

    • Jay

      rhody, i’m almost certain it wasn’t even a question if the whistle blew–just looking to see if it crossed the line.

      and really, i don’t think BC cares if they have to play BU again

  • GO B….

    Congrats BC! Kinda…why the angst?

    BU Hockey NCAA Champions = 5
    BC …………………………………= 4

    BU Beanpot Champions = 29
    BC………………………….= 15

    BU NCAA Football Champions = 0 and no team…
    BC…………………………………..= 0 and counting…

    • Geraci John

      Maybe BU used up all of the lucky bounces when the stole the National Title from Miami. Just a thought. Parker should stop whinning about bounces as he was the recipient of one of the greatest bounces in history to beat Miami.

  • Where Eagles Dare

    It sucks to B U !!!!!!!

  • Bad Journalism

    Can you tell me where I can see a video review of the disputed goal that shows “Millan denied Hayes… with an inch or two to spare on the goal line”?

    I’m not saying the video demonstrated it was a goal. I’m just saying that it was equally difficult to discern that is was “no goal.” I think it was either disallowed because the video was inconclusive, or because the play was dead from the quick whistle.

    Furthermore, can you at least pretend that there’s “no cheering in the press box,” and do some basic fact checking. I can’t believe USCHO publishes this rubbish. No wonder they’re on the verge of folding as they join the ranks of sports “journalism” that is more concerned with page views than content or journalistic integrity. Dave and Jim are relegated to writing “Blog content” while this garbage appears as an “article.” I can’t figure out USCHO’s rhyme or reason to this distinction without a difference.

    • http://www.uscho.com/ USCHO

      USCHO is “not on the verge of folding.” We continue to expand content while competitors have contracted. We politely ask you not to spread falsehoods like that.

      Dave and Jim contribute both articles and blog content. Adding blogs in addition to columns was done to allow the writers more opportunity to post content.

      • Danny

        Owned

        • Bad Journalism

          Pwned, if I do say so myself.

      • Bad Journalism

        Okay, I got carried away. I have not seen USCHO’s financials, but would love to. In the words of Denis Lemieux, “who own the USCHO?” When I clicked the link for “About USCHO.com,” I got the message “Not Found; Sorry, but the requested resource was not found on this site.” (I wish I was kidding. Try it yourself: http://www.uscho.com/about/)

        And this example gets to the source of my previous “falsehood.” I have not been a fan of the redesigned USCHO site and I believe it resembles the last ditch efforts of other media outlets that have gone belly up. I’ll buy that there may be expanded content, but it doesn’t feel that way because it’s organized so poorly.

        I’ll admit, even this article is better than the semi-annual INCH article, but this is still bad journalism. Nonetheless, I’ll stop spreading “falsehoods.”

      • Bad Journalism

        Okay, I got carried away. I have not seen USCHO’s financials, but would love to. In the words of Denis Lemieux, “who own the USCHO?” When I clicked the link “About USCHO,” I got the message “Not Found; Sorry, but the requested resource was not found on this site.” (I wish I was kidding. Try it yourself at the bottom of this page)

        And this example gets to the source of my previous “falsehood.” I have not been a fan of the redesigned USCHO site and I believe it resembles the last ditch efforts of other media outlets that have gone belly up. I’ll buy that there may be expanded content, but it doesn’t feel that way because it’s organized so poorly.

        I’ll admit, even this article is better than the semi-annual INCH article, but this is still bad journalism. Nonetheless, I’ll stop spreading “falsehoods.”

  • Kbzive

    Actually, all three goals were deflected by BU defenders. Watching on high-def instant-replay slow motion confirmed my beliefs. The second BC goal, while a very good shot, did deflect off of Sean Escobedo. Millan’s reaaction wasn’t one of “head down” but rather “hands up” meaning frustration over the deflection. The third goal deflected ever so slightly off of Adam Clendening’s knee. Would Millan have made the save, who knows?

  • http://www.uscho.com/ USCHO

    USCHO is owned by a privately-held company. You could ask the owner for a copy of his tax return, but I doubt he’d be willing to share.

    The one big error of the redesign is adding this comment section. It has given voice to hotheads, trolls and curmudgeons.

    • Regular Journalism

      I don’t know what to say because I can’t disagree! I apologize for upsetting you. I will refrain from criticizing the content and the publisher, and only comment on the hockey from now on.

      I hope BC and BU face each other in the Hockey East finals. It sure would make for an exciting rematch!

    • Jay

      ya, because people don’t have a right to be upset over this piece of garbage article

  • Where Eagles Dare

    BU got the luckiest NC win ever, and they’re talking about records.

    EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE who is a college hockey fan is in agreement that BC’s program is tops over the past decade.

    No need for suntan lotion Terriers, the shadow you’re walking in is plenty big!

  • HEhockey

    Hahaha BC fans and their attempt at a superiority complex. Call me back in 14 years when you may tie BU’s beanpot title number assuming you don’t lose a single beanpot.

    Merrimack > You

    Go Huskies!

  • Well that would suck…

    The way things are going I can’t help but think that maybe the Terriers could have a 2006-esque upset up their sleeves when the national tournament starts (who knows how seedings will play out, but wouldn’t that be something?). Just desserts.

  • RhodyEagle

    Can’t believe this article was printed, but beyond that, that BU fans are upset over the way BC scored. Unbelievable!!!!!

  • Where Eagles Dare

    Oh, Scottie…btw, when’s the last time you’ve gotten scull crushed for being yourself??

    what a punk!

  • Anonymous

    It was a great game. I am a BU fan so it was hard watching the end, but a great game none the less. BU’s next game is Friday night at 7:30PM v UMASS. If you can’t be there live, watch the games on CBS College Sports Network

    CBS College Sports – Friday Nights were built for hockey

    http://www.cbscollegesports.com/schedule/hockey.php