Sunday, December 30, 2007
Ewing's Two Goals Lead BU Past Merrimack, 5-2
Three-goal first period propels Terriers past Warriors
BOSTON - Senior forward Bryan Ewing (Plymouth, Mass.) scored two goals, including the game winner, as the Boston University men's ice hockey team posted a 5-2 win over visiting Merrimack on Sunday at Agganis Arena. The Terriers snap a three-game skid and improve to 5-10-2 overall and 4-6-1 in Hockey East, while the Warriors drop to 6-8-2, 3-8-1 HE.
Junior Chris Higgins added a goal and an assist for BU, while senior Pete MacArthur notched a pair of assists. Ewing added a helper on Higgins' tally for a three-point night. Merrimack was paced by junior Grant Farrell, who registered a goal and an assist. The Warriors also got a pair of assists from sophomore Rob Ricci.
The Terriers scored on their first three shots on goal and never looked back, as junior Matt Gilroy opended the scoring with a goal at the 5:41 mark of the first and classmate Chris Higgins found the back of the net less than two minutes later. Ewing capped the spurt with his first goal of the night at 10:03 on BU's first power-play opportunity of the evening.
Merrimack got on the board with 1:41 left in the first with a power-play tally of its own from sophomore Matt Jones to make it a 3-1 contest heading into the first intermission.
BU opened up the game in the second, however, scoring consecutive goals in the period to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Ewing came through with another power-play marker at 5:25 and freshman Nick Bonino tacked on his fifth goal of the season just past the midpoint of the stanza.
The Warriors mustered one more goal as Farrell scored on a power play with 2:24 left in the second.
Senior Karson Gillespie picked up his first win of the season in goal for the Terriers, making 17 saves. Junior Patrick Watson stopped 13 shots for the Warriors before being replaced by sophomore Andrew Brathwaite midway through the game. Brathwaite recorded 14 saves.
Merrimack held a 9-8 advantage in shots after one period, but BU outshot the visitors 24-10 the rest of the way.