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Terriers, Black Bears Skate To 3-3 Tie

— There are some nights when a tie can feel like a win. For Jack Parker and his Boston University Terriers, Friday night in Alfond Arena exemplified that feeling.

“We were very, very fortunate to get that point, there’s no question about that,” said Parker.

Fortune had smiled on BU with 1:41 remaining in the third period when Pat Aufiero’s dump-in flip from the blue line deflected off Maine defenseman Doug Janik’s stick and past a stunned Matt Yeats, tying the score at three.

The goal put the finishing touch on a BU comeback that saw the Terriers erase a 3-1 Black Bear lead in the game’s final five minutes. The Terriers are now 7-10-2 overall (5-5-2 Hockey East). Maine is 9-7-6 (4-4-4).

“I hate it when the game is decided by a freak goal,” said Yeats. “But it happened; you just try to forget it and come back tomorrow night.”

Aufiero never saw the goal. Taking a Maine dump-in behind his own net, the BU defenseman streaked up ice toward the Black Bear end.

“I saw their forechecker moving toward me and I saw [John] Sabo going hard to the net,” said Aufiero. “I just flipped it toward the net, hoping for a rebound. I turned around to head up ice and heard the celebration.”

The dump-in appeared to be going wide and Yeats moved to his left to collect the puck. As he did, Janik reached out and deflected it to Yeats’ right and into the empty cage.

“We played well enough to win,” said Maine coach Shawn Walsh. “Unfortunately we got a tie out of it, but that’s the way college hockey is.”

The Terriers were put in position to tie the game at 15:41 of the third period, when Sabo redirected a Carl Corazzini centering pass behind Yeats (15 saves), cutting the Maine lead to 3-2.

“It was a bad [line] change,” said Walsh. “One of our freshmen made a mistake and they capitalized. That goal at the end was a mistake too,” Walsh added. “You can’t let Aufiero skate that long by himself.”

“We seem to have two or three breakdowns each game,” said Maine forward Matthias Trattnig. “It’s everybody, not just one or two players. When that happens, teams make you pay.”

Trattnig had countered Terrier defenseman Freddy Meyer’s first-period tally at the 8:00 mark of the second to knot the game at one. The goal came on the power play and sparked the Black Bears.

Five minutes later, with Maine again enjoying the man-advantage, Janik ripped a slapshot through traffic to give the Black Bears a 2-1 lead.

Maine forward Chris Heisten (two assists), returning to the lineup after a knee injury sustained at BU one month ago, helped the Black Bears to a two-goal advantage with a nifty feed at the 16:34 mark.

The puck was loose along the right wing boards when Heisten found defenseman A.J. Begg cruising down the slot.

“I looked in front and found A.J. all alone,” Heisten said. “No one was on me — it was an easy pass.” Begg’s one-timer beat Terrier goalie Sean Fields (31 saves) between the pads.

Fields was making his first start at Alfond Arena and if he felt nervous, he wasn’t admitting it.

“It was fun,” said Fields. “The crowd was great and I got tested early, which kind of got me going.”

“Sean kept us in the game,” said Parker. “He played well tonight.”

Fields made a save on Black Bear forward Michael Schutte with 11 minutes remaining that proved to be a huge key in the tie.

With Maine ahead 3-1, Janik threaded a pass between the BU defense, putting the puck on Schutte’s stick as he broke in alone on Fields.

“I went backhand,” said Schutte. “I tried to go upstairs, and it was headed there, but he got a pad on it.”

Fields said, “I knew what he was going to do and I tried a poke check that didn’t work. I just stayed low and spread out and got it with the pad.”

“This is a huge point,” said Parker. “We played as well as we’ve played all season in the first period and gave it up in the second. We kept working and things worked out. It will give us momentum going into tomorrow night.”

Maine and BU will conclude their regular-season play with another game at the Alfond on Saturday night.

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  • Jason

    It’s nice that you recognize what we are saying. Regardless if what we say is right or wrong it’s nice to get acknowledged so thanks for that. 

  • Vizoroo

    Drew Shore

  • Poker Face

    As an easterner, I just want to interject and say that I’m fine with a westerner winning the award this year.  This year the best player in the East is Kreider but he doesn’t have the numbers.  Same with Dumoulin – hands down the best defenseman in the East.  Both phenomenal talents and they look great when you watch them.  Don’t be fooled by Spencer Abbott.  Not Hobey material.  Good player having a great season but he won’t blow anyone away.  No goalies out East really stick out either, especially in HE where the level of competition is high.  This kid in the ECAC has eleven billion goals but the ECAC is borderline DIII. 

    Is it time maybe we actually give it to the best player and not the guy with the most goals/points.  People are such stuck on the numbers end of the argument it is just getting ridiculous.

    • css228

      Yeah 30 goals in a defensive league not Hobey worthy? If Colgate makes the tourney it has to be Smith

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/47PKUYKAFBPJBMZF33WFXLKANA Chad

        Does Smith have nearly 200 career points?

        Thought so.  The Hobey isn’t always a single-season award, no matter how much they say it is.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WEX6U4YC32QLNJBJUTGGJXG2PE K

          idiot… yes, it IS a single-season award… given out EACH year. duh. with a relatively lack-luster league, its an ease to knock down goals

        • keppelfinga

          smith no, connolly is the leading scorer for all active skaters

    • Boston-Maine~iak

      How is Abbott not a legitimate candidate? The kid took his game to a whole other level this season. The Black Bears needed people to step up and fill voids left by last year’s Seniors and Gustav Nyquist and Abbott (along with Flynn, Diamond, and Mangene) have been a major reason why Maine has had the season they have had and are back in the National picture. 

      • Taylor Birkelo

        Sorry Jack is the only honest contender for this.

      • 2011NAT_champsUMD

        gosh now only if Abbott did that for 4 straight years like Jack Connolly did then he might have a chance…..Jack is at 191 points. This is his second straight 50+ point year. Come on man pull your ” East Coast Biased” head out.

    • Tom

      Ur dumb Abbott is def top candidate been leadin league for a while and taking Maine to the tourney after loosing Gus. KReider is good but not hobby material this year, Abbotts put up mad points and set lots of achievments this year, like turning around a team ppl wrote off after winning 3 og the first 11. The Maine reason was Abbott.

      • WCHAFAN

        Bet he is not as dumb as the guy who thinks it is the “Hobby” Baker Award.

  • ColSkate

    Poker Face should wake up and smell the coffee. The Union goalie – I think it’s Troy Grosenick – is only leading the country in GAA – something like 1.52. He is far and away the best and deserving of Hobey mention. And this is coming from an arch enemy who would like to see Austin Smith win the award.

    • Gatefan

      Since when is Union our archenemy?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H34H3N53RWXPTA2FB6VYBI5FOA JJ

     Jack Connolly should win this hands down. The best college hockey player, in the best league on the best team.

    • Agassiseven

      Best team that is in 2 nd place.  Was lost 2 to the Gophers.  Not so much..

  • Brettno44

    How can you not even mention Torey Krug of MSU as he is leading the CCHA in league scoring as a D-man??????

  • Geoffrey Chiles

    Wait…MSU fans follow hockey?

  • krios

    I also wanted to say thanks for listening. Whether we were all wrong or right, it was nice of you to listen and acknowledge our comments. 

  • Tech Fan

    Jack Connolly.  Leadership.  Integrity.  Makes plays and delivers the puck like no-one else.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WEX6U4YC32QLNJBJUTGGJXG2PE K

      all done in a weak league.  its easy to play division-2 quality opponents

      • Cdahlin05

        Hahahaha, weak league???? You fricken crack me up. That is the exact equivalent to calling the SEC weak in football. Get a clue pal.

      • WCHAFAN

        Gotta be the dumbest statement ever made on this site…  Ill take any WCHA team and plug them into any other conference around, and bet my lif savings they finifh in at least the top half of that conference.

  • broz

    Look at JCon’s entire career as well as this season. Looking at the big picture he wins. With his scoring and leadership he has taken a Bulldog team way beyond expectations this season. GO JACK!

  • keppelfinga

    jack connolly deserves this. leadership like said before, and he proved to everyone he can be a top player even when he lost both of his linemates.

  • 2011NAT_champsUMD

    Kent Patterson? WHO? who does he play for? Kenny Reiter from UMD has a better chance of winning it than Patterson does. I mean Reiter has 5 points this year….as a GOALIE. He has more points than 10 players on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMTC) squad…..But with that aside UMD’s Jack Connolly will win HANDS DOWN. Nobody else in the country even has a remotely close chance of winning. Wooo, Abbott puts up 4 points against North Dakota in a weekend. While Jack on the other hand puts up 6 in a weekend against North Dakota…Oh yea and (5) in Saturdays game. All the East Cost people can shut up. Not a chance…. Jack Connolly will be UMD’s nation leading fifth Hobey Baker Award Winner come season end.

    • Tom

       I didn’t know Abbott vs JC came down to a ND Series lol, checkout Abbotts series last year vs them.  5 points is a solid game even thou ND spent most the game in the box, thats a huge help….

      For this season Abbott has a better story, bringing a team who won only 3 games out of the first 11, back to make the tournament(first time since 07), something that was never done with Nyquist.  Also to be leading the nation on a team that wasn;t ranked number 1 all year is a big thing as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WEX6U4YC32QLNJBJUTGGJXG2PE K

    who is this idiot Olshansky??  a native of Minnesota?  when it comes to puck, all leagues are ignored except WCHA and Hockey East.  we’ll see who comes out on top

  • Ryan Lund

    Bjustad is the best canidate just look at the teams success if Bjustad scores the gophers usually win. So if Bjustad doesnt come to play so do the gophers! Look out fo the Gophers in the NCAA we will be in the frozen four and make it to the title game

  • RyanMaine

    Abbott should take it!!! Best player this year!!