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NCAA Hockey Tournament 2012: Boston University Down 4-2 To Minnesota After Second Period

Boston University is down 4-2 to Minnesota after two periods of play in their NCAA West Regional semifinal game.

The Terriers came out of the first intermission more composed than they had played in the first period. First line forwards Chris Connolly and Wade Megan threw several shots on net in the first half of the period, but Boston University’s struggles to win faceoffs limited those opportunities.

It was Megan who would finally get the Terriers on the board. Minnesota’s Nico Sacchetti went to the penalty box for goaltender interference, and Megan took advantage. He slid the puck on the left side of Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson to even the game for BU at 1.

Minnesota answered quickly, with a Jake Parenteau goal easily let through by Terrier goalie Kieran Millan less than two minutes later. Frustrated, BU’s Ross Gaudet went to the box after the resulting faceoff for hooking. Gaudet took the ice immediately following his penalty, gained control of a Minnesota turnover in their own zone and chipped the puck in to even the game at 2 all.

The Gophers started to pepper Millan incessantly after the Gaudet goal. Seth Helgeson stuffed one behind Millan to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead. An increasingly panicked BU started to play a tad too physically, resulting in third liner Justin Courtnall earning a game misconduct for a contact to the head call. Minnesota took advantage of the resulting power play, with a Jake Hansen goal to put them ahead 4-2.

As the second period’s time ticked down, both teams began to get in each other’s faces more. Four players went to the penalty box due to holding and roughing calls with just seconds left in the period.

Boston University put 11 shots on net in the second, good for 21 total in the game so far. Minnesota had 14 shots on net in the second, good for 23 so far during the game.