By: Matt Dresens
Despite having not one, but two goals taken off the board due to review, BU still walked out of the Whittemore Center with a 3-2 win over the University of New Hampshire behind goals from Shane Bowers, Ty Amonte, and Jordan Greenway, as the Terriers completed the season sweep of the Wildcats.
After Bowers scored 4:26 into the first on a play that was actually last touched by a UNH skater to give BU a 1-0 lead, the Terriers looked to have doubled their lead as Bobo Carpenter poked home a rebound. Upon further review, Carpenter kicked home the loose puck with his back skate, nullifying the goal.
Not long after, it happened again. This time, Jordan Greenway was the one who booted it in the back of the net and again it didn’t stand.
Simply put, they were the right call and BU Coach David Quinn agreed.
After a dominating stretch that saw BU “score” twice, UNH responded. Eric MacAdams snuck a shot past Jake Oettinger on the near side post with just over five minutes to play in the stanza.
“It was such a tricky bounce off the back wall,” mentioned Quinn. “Our D goes to the wrong side and… it’s in. They didn’t have a chance up until that point. For the people that watch us a lot this year, they know we get zone time, we’re buzzing and boom we give up a goal like that. I really liked our resolve and our resiliency after that.”
The resolve really came after UNH took the lead on a 2-on-1 early in the second. MacAdams made a pass to Jason Salvaggio that left the senior forward nothing but a vacant net to shoot at and he didn’t miss, putting UNH up 2-1 just 1:18 into the second frame.
Not long after though, Ty Amonte hammered home his third of the year, tying things at 2-2. The whole play was set up magnificently by Hank Crone from below the goal line. Crone used the back of the cage to his advantage, passing the puck to himself to get around a UNH defender and creating just enough time and space to slip a pass through to Amonte in the slot. From there, the freshman wasted no time and blasted a low shot past UNH goalie Adam Clark on the blocker side.
“I thought that line was very good,” said Quinn. “I thought all our lines were good. It was so hot out there, I mean I was dying on the bench and we had a lot of guys cramping and I’m sure they did too. We needed everybody, you always need everybody and we had everybody on board tonight.”
In the closing minutes of the frame, Jordan Greenway scooped up a loose puck behind the net and wrapped it past Clark on the near side post for the eventual game-winner. It was Greenway’s eighth goal of the year, from Brady Tkachuk and Drew Melanson with less than two minutes to go in the period.
The third period saw no scoring, but the BU penalty kill was called upon twice in the final twelve minutes and was able to stymie the UNH man advantage.
Jake Oettinger finished with 27 saves, none bigger than a post to post effort late in the third to preserve a one-goal lead for BU.
Quinn added, “We needed a win for a lot of reasons, I just loved the way we competed. We had a lot of jump in our step and we were way better than we were last Saturday night for sure.”
The flu has been ripping through the team, enough to keep Patrick Harper out of tonight’s line up. The bug even forced Quinn to cancel practice on Tuesday. Harper will be out of tomorrow’s lineup as well, as BU hosts Providence at 5 p.m.