By Arielle Aronson/DFP Staff
In an up-and-down battle at Agganis Arena on Saturday night, the No. 7/8 Boston University Terriers bowed to the Holy Cross Crusaders, 5-4.
Holy Cross struck first 6:26 into the period when senior goaltender Kieran Millan came out to the top of his crease to make a stop on Mike Daly but Erik Vos was camped out to Millan’s left, and he banged the rebound into a virtually empty net.
The Terriers got even soon after when senior forward Corey Trivino dropped a pass back to sophomore defenseman Adam Clendening, who fed the puck across the zone to sophomore forward Sahir Gill. With Matt ginn on the other side of the crease to defend Clendening, Gill simply tucked the puck into an empty net at 8:04.
BU took a 2-1 lead 40 seconds later when sophomore forward Charlie Coyle sent a puck across the zone to sophomore forward Matt Nieto, who found Chiasson down low. Chiasson beat Ginn easily for the score.
But the Crusaders, sparked by penalties from the Terriers, took control for the rest of the period. Just over halfway into the period, Patrick MacGregor was sent to the box for hooking. Sean Escobedo joined him 44 seconds later on a clear slash, and the Crusaders took advantage. Just 15 seconds into the two-man advantage, Adam Schmidt slipped a shot through a scrambling Garrett Noonan and Kieran Millan to tie the game.
The Crusaders regained the lead with just 2:23 left in the period. Millan stopped the initial shot from Andrew Cox, but left the puck lying in the crease. Schmidt put it away for the 3-2 advantage.
In the second period, Holy Cross doubled its lead to 4-2 with a little help from junior defenseman Max Nicastro, who booted a rebound off Andrew Cox’s shot past Millan.
At 12:53 in the third period, junior forward Wade Megan laid a nasty hit on Shayne Stockton. The Crusader was down on the ice for several minutes and Megan was ejected from the game. Holy Cross cashed in ten seconds into the man-advantage when Brendan Baker blasted a shot from the blue line past Millan.
Chiasson tightened the game to 5-3 at 9:31 when he scored right off a faceoff win by Trivino.
The Terriers killed off a 5-on-3 situation a little more than halfway through the period, and responded in due fashion when, at 12:45, Nieto caught a pass from Charlie Coyle, circled in front of the net and backhanded a shot past Ginn, bringing the Terriers to a 5-4 deficit.