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Trivino scores two as Boston University romps over Maine

— Boston University continued its trek around New England, coming from behind to defeat the University of Maine two nights after doing the same to the University of New Hampshire.

After falling behind 1-0 in the second period, the Terriers responded with five unanswered goals to pick up their seventh win in eight games.

The Black Bears fall to 6-7-2 and 5-6-1 in Hockey East, while BU improves to 10-5-1 and 8-4-1 in conference.

“I thought we played extremely well from start to finish,” said BU coach Jack Parker. “It certainly wasn’t a 4-1 game — or whatever it was.”

Anthoine put the Black Bears ahead in the second period, but four straight goals by BU ended Maine’s hopes of the upset.

“I think they did a good job on the rush and getting opportunities off the rush,” said BU senior goalie Kieran Millan of Maine. “It’s something we’ve done a good job of defending. My teammates did a good job handling that. It was a lot closer than it seemed.”

The game was marred by two separate game misconducts in the second period, sending BU junior Justin Courtnall and Maine senior center Brian Flynn to the showers early.

“He’s a key guy,” Parker said of Flynn. “They got the worst of that deal. Flynn is a terrific player.”

The game started out with a fast-paced first period, with each team putting pressure on the game’s goalies.

Midway through the first period, it looked as though the Black Bears had their first chance on the power play after sophomore center Charlie Coyle was called for boarding, but Maine sophomore forward Mark Anthoine followed Coyle to the box for embellishment.

Nothing came from the four-on-four action, as the Black Bears’ got another opportunity with five minutes remaining in the period. After freshman forward Evan Rodrigues was called for interference, Flynn got a great look on net, only to have Millan sprawl with his pad and save the goal.

The second period didn’t differ much from the first, other than the addition of scoring and the subtraction of two key players.

Six minutes into the period, Courtnall was dismissed after a five-minute major for contact to the head and a game misconduct. Seconds after Maine junior forward Adam Shemansky was laid-out at the center of the ice, Courtnall decked junior defender Mike Cornell to earn the early shower.

Millan kept the game level seconds into the power play after Flynn had a nice look at net. The Edmonton native wasn’t able to keep the puck out for the penalty’s entirety, as Anthoine scored his fourth goal of the season after a nice centering pass by Beattie.

“It’s something me and [Beattie] work on in practice,” Anthoine said. “He’s spot on in his passes, and I’ve been pretty accurate on my shots. I tried to get it and get rid of it as soon as I can.”

Just seconds after the go-ahead goal, Flynn followed Courtnall to the locker rooms after a hitting from behind penalty. The Black Bears were able to fend off the five-minute major, but not before sophomore forward Sahir Gill rattled the post.

Maine coach Tim Whitehead was visibly frustrated after the game, quick to dismiss conversation of Flynn’s game misconduct.

“It’s a shame, isn’t it?” Whitehead said of the ejection of his captain.

With three minutes remaining in the period, the game went to four-on-four after O’Neill and junior center Ben Rosen were each booked for interference. Cornell followed O’Neill soon after for a high stick, and the Terriers took advantage of the four-on-three, scoring with a scrum in front of the net, bringing the score to 1-1 heading into the final period.

The third period opened with the Black Bears on the power play after freshman defender Alexx Privitera was called for cross checking.

Just over six minutes into the third period, sophomore defender Adam Clendening fired the puck toward Sullivan, only to have it tipped in by Gill.

“There was a battle in the corner, and the puck went back to Clendening, and he has great vision,” Gill said. “I tried to get to the net and he looked up and made eye contact and he hit my stick.”

BU extended its lead to 3-1 after Corey Trivino connected on his 12th goal of the season. Clendening picked up his third assist of the game.

“We’ve been focused on playing 60 minutes,” Gill said. “It was a process tonight, but it was a feel-good win for us.”

A fourth goal with just under six minutes remaining and an empty-netter late in the period sealed the win for the Terriers, who are winners of seven of their last eight.

“I’m not real pleased with how the game finished up, but no excuses,” Whitehead said. “I didn’t see that coming, didn’t anticipate that result in such an evenly-played game.”

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  • Anonymous

    You’re a shame, Whitehead.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UFH5KE2EO3UCM7SW2W5KDQHY4Q Drew

    Another game full of dumb penalties by Maine.  I feel bad for Sullivan. He overall is playing pretty well but the team keeps giving up power play after power play to their opponent.  

    • Anonymous

      You feel bad for Sullivan…wow…h’se just a average goalie at best,he’s #1 by default as Maine has NO Goaltending to speak of…they are all awful,plain and simple…last nights game Sully was out of position over a dozen times and was LUCKY that BU didn’t score more then the 5 they put up,could very well been 9-1,10-1…at the other end Millan was the difference early and when you needed a clutch save….goaltending wins games and add POOR Coaching behind the Maine Bench and this is what you get…awful hockey and a thinking that .500 hockey is ok and 2 games above .500 is a real good season,smell the CoffeeThis Program has gone down the flush and needs big time changes,starting with the firing of Tim Whithead 24 hours after the season is done in March.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UFH5KE2EO3UCM7SW2W5KDQHY4Q Drew

        I guess the radio didn’t do it justice.  They made it seem like sullivan was playing well.  They still need to do a better job of staying out of the box.  Third in HE in penalties with a awful kill adds up to losing.  Whitehead has worn out his welcome.  He basically was successful with Walsh recruits after he took over and hasn’t proved anything since.  Never understood why they resigned him.  

        • Josephcrowley28

          Watching the game on TV (without HD), Sullivan played decently but BU hit a lot of posts before the outburst of goals. Sullivan did not give up any soft goals but BU was in great scoring position a lot.

          The game was tight into the third period. Both misconducts were ticky-tacky but literal reads of the rule book. I prefer that to injured players.

  • Anonymous

    The officials make that diving call on Maine frequently in Orono.