BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman Sean Maguire stopped all 21 shots he face to earn his first collegiate shutout and lead the No. 10 Boston University men's ice hockey team to a 4-0 victory over St. Lawrence on Saturday evening at Agganis Arena.
Senior Wade Megan opened the scoring and the Terriers also got goals from freshman Sam Kurker, senior Ben Rosen and junior Matt Nieto. Kurker's tally was his first as a Terrier.
BU improves to 7-4-0 on the year while St. Lawrence falls to 6-4-3. The Saints entered the game on an eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) against Hockey East schools. It was the Terriers' first shutout against a non-league team since a 3-0 blanking of Dartmouth on Dec. 30, 2006, as they held the nation's top scoring duo of senior Kyle Flanagan (21 points) and junior Greg Carey (19) pointless in the process.
Megan gave the Terriers a 1-0 lead with his team-leading seventh goal of the year at 11:15 of the first. The senior took a pass from freshman Ahti Oksanen and skated up the left side before deking a defender and firing a shot off the back post with a wrister from the left circle.
BU put together a 22-shot barrage in the middle period but were not able to double their lead until late in the stanza. From above the right post, Kurker finished off a 2-on-1 with junior Sahir Gill at 18:54 for his first collegiate goal.
Rosen made it a 3-0 cushion with 6:55 left in the contest when he poked in a puck at the crease after a high rebound went off the back of St. Lawrence goaltender Matt Weninger. Seniors Ryan Ruikka and Ryan Santana assisted on the marker.
With 31.9 seconds left in regulation, Nieto created the 4-0 final when he gathered a pass at center ice from junior Garrett Noonan and fired a shot from the left circle that beat Weninger short side.
Maguire never had to make more than eight saves in any period, but stood tall when he needed to and to earn his first collegiate shutout. BU had a season-high 47 shots and allowed the Saints to record only 21.
BU went 0-for-6 on its power play and killed off both of the Saints' chances with the man advantage.
The Terriers will return to action on Friday (Nov. 30) when they open up a home-and-home weekend against top-ranked Boston College at Agganis Arena. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.