Boston University Drops Close Decision to Providence

Despite freshman Pat Myers recording the first hat trick in program history, Boston University dropped a 10-7 contest to Providence on Tuesday evening at Nickerson Field.

After an evenly played opening 20 minutes, the visiting Friars took a lead they would not relinquish but never were able to separate themselves from the Terriers by more than four goals.

BU won two-thirds of the game's faceoffs thanks to a 14 of 21 performance from freshman Sal Talkow. The Friars held slim advantages in shots (34-29), ground balls (30-28) and caused turnovers (13-10).

Myers added an assist for a four-point night while classmate Adam Schaal also had a multi-point night, registering a goal and an assist. Providence was paced by freshman Alex Corboy, who tied Myers for game highs in points (4) and goals (3). Senior Sean Wright and freshman Jose Fitzpatrick each scored twice and added an assist.

Freshman Christian Carson-Banister made 14 stops in goal for BU before fellow rookie Tyler Zickel played the final 1:33 without facing a shot. For the Friars, senior Tyler Himes turned in a 13-save performance to earn the win.

BU (0-4) and Providence (2-0) traded goals for the majority of the first half, as neither team held a multi-goal edge until the Friars took a 6-4 lead with just over nine minutes left in the second quarter.

Leading 7-5, the visitors held for the final shot of the half and tried to take their largest lead yet, but the Terrier defense stepped up and kept it a two-goal game.

The Friars, however, got the three-goal lead they were looking for when they found the back of the net just under three minutes into the third quarter. They added another and held BU off the scoresheet for the remainder of the quarter to hold a 9-5 cushion entering the fourth.

BU put an end to the PC run at 1:44 of the fourth when Myers found freshman James Clarke for his second goal of the season. Despite holding the Friars to just one goal in the final quarter, the Terriers would only muster one more, and the visitors held on for the 10-7 win.

The teams played to a 3-3 draw in the opening quarter with the Terriers opening the scoring by converting on their lone extra-man opportunity of the game. Schaal picked up a loose ball in the middle of the box and rolled around to the left before approaching the crease and beating Himes for his fourth tally of the season.

Providence, however, got on the board on its first man-up chance as well and never trailed again. Freshman Craig Zebrowski tied it up at 2-2 and Myers created another deadlock when he scored in the closing seconds of the opening quarter.

Midway through the second, freshman Patrick Donnelly cut the PC lead to 6-5 with his first collegiate tally, but the Friars pulled away by scoring the game's next three goals.

Tuesday's game was originally scheduled to take place in Providence but was moved to Nickerson due to field conditions.

The Terriers return to action against Vermont on Saturday (March 1), when they continue what has turned into a five-game homestand. Game time is set for noon.

2014-02-25



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