By Tim Healey/DFP Staff
Corey Trivino was not supposed to play this weekend due to an ankle injury, but after a 5-0 win by the Boston University men’s hockey team over Boston College Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum, the team sure is glad he did.
The senior forward had a goal and an assist for the Terriers’ in the first period alone, propping his team to a 2-0 lead that it would only build on as the game progressed.
Senior captain Chris Connolly made BU’s first goal possible by driving into the offensive zone and sending a pass to junior defenseman Sean Escobedo. Escobedo – who took two of the seven BU penalties in the first – sent it to Trivino, who got a wrister by BC goaltender Parker Milner just 56 seconds into the game for his sixth of the season.
The early lead was similar to that in the team’s eventual 7-1 loss to UMass-Lowell on Nov. 5, a game in which Trivino scored 16 seconds in, but this time the Terriers didn’t completely disappear. They stayed quiet for most of the rest of the period, leaving the Trivino goal as their only shot on frame for a majority of the time, but netted another at 19:14.
This time, Trivino did the assisting. After a blatant hooking penalty on BC forward Kevin Hayes, junior forward Wade Megan took advantage and found the back of the net for his third goal of the season. Trivino and Connolly were credited with assists on BU’s sixth power-play tally this year.
In the second, BU kept the pressure off before killing a period-opening BC power play. The Eagles were plagued with wide and high shooting for much of the second, opening the door further for the Terriers.
Assistant captain Alex Chiasson scored at 9:58 in the second to put BU up 3-0, his first goal since being benched Oct. 29 against University of Massachusetts. Sophomore defenseman Adam Clendening sent a pass to the junior forward, who promptly blasted a one-timer by Milner.
Later, at 15:43, the Terriers took advantage of a two-man advantage when sophomore forward Matt Nieto sent a centered pass from sophomore forward Charlie Coyle off the right pipe and into the net. Nieto’s team-high seventh goal of the season put BU up 4-0 and took the wind out of most of the BC students in attendance, both on the ice and in the stands.
In the third, the Terriers came about a bit sluggish, but endured three BC power plays and even got a short-handed goal from Megan to solidify the 5-0 win.