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BU vs. Cornell: a Tie That Almost Felt Like a Win

Third period goals salvage Saturday night in New York

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In the slide show above, Terrier fans gather for Red HotHockey in Manhattan — and all things considered, celebrate a tie.

Late-game heroics — again.

But this time, playing Cornell before a raucous sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden Saturday night, the Boston University men’s ice hockey team clawed its way back only as far as a 3-3 tie, erasing a two-goal third period deficit and forcing a five-minute overtime that failed to break the deadlock.

Chris Connolly (CGS’10) scored the game-tying tally on a power play with 51 seconds left in regulation. Earlier in the period, Nick Bonino (CAS’11) closed the gap to 3-2 before assisting on the tying goal.

BU played from behind the entire game, spotting Cornell to a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period and entering the third down 3-1.

With multiple late-game power play advantages, plus a decision by coach Jack Parker (SMG’68, Hon.’97) to pull goalie Grant Rollheiser (CGS’10), for a short time the Terriers were skating six in the attacking zone to Cornell’s three defenders. When one Cornell penalty expired, BU maintained a two-man advantage, which led to Connolly’s score.

The Madison Square Garden event was the second Thanksgiving weekend Red Hot Hockey contest between BU and Cornell in the Big Apple. BU pulled off a decisive 6-3 win in the first, in 2007.The Terriers are undefeated in their last three games (1-0-2), improving a rugged early record to 4-7-2. Cornell, which has been ranked as high as seven in national polls, now stands at 6-2-1.

BU returns to home ice on Friday, December 4, to take on Vermont, beginning a four-game home stand. Game time at Agganis Arena is 7 p.m.

Nathaniel Boyle can be reached at nboyle@bu.edu. Seth Rolbein canbe reached at srolbein@bu.edu.

4 Comments

4 Comments on BU vs. Cornell: a Tie That Almost Felt Like a Win

  • 1971 Alum on 11.30.2009 at 10:16 am

    Sportsmanship?

    As an alum who never missed a game in That Championship 1971 Season, I loved cheering the Terriers on at the Garden Saturday night, despite the fact that they played a very sloppy, disorganized game.

    What was appalling were the “cheers” from the Cornell side that alternated between “SCREW BU” and “BU, YOU SUCK.” Huh?

    Were I in the BU Athletics department, I might consider refusing to repeat this Red Hot Hockey event unless Cornell’s honchos prohibit such poor sportsmanship shown toward the opposing team.

    School spirit is one thing, rivalry another, but this was appallingly tacky and vicious.

  • Allison on 11.30.2009 at 4:13 pm

    To “Sportsmanship”: I personally enjoyed “Let’s go red!”…. though we were in red.

  • BURIVY on 12.01.2009 at 3:22 pm

    "SPORTSMANSHIP"

    I guess you never made any road trips back in ’71!!! Where ever BU played back in the 70′s when i was in school and to the present day, we are the most hated opponent. If you think what you heard at MSG was bad, you should have made a trip to Lynah rink at Cornell in “75 & “77!!! or RPI in the ’70′s & ’80′s. I wish i could write some of the creative stuff they would yell and THROW at us. What you heard was rated was PG. When you are paying $50k to go to school, you can yell what ever you want. You should come to a Beanpot game and listen, you might get a laugh!! And don’t forget why they yell the things they do, BECAUSE WE ARE THET BEST!! WE WIN MORE THAN THEY DO, AND IT JUST EATS AWAY AT THEM!!!! jUST ASK THEM UP AT CHESTNUT HILL!!!!!

  • Anonymous on 12.01.2009 at 10:42 pm

    Clueless alum

    Clearly you don’t go to any games today…

    ****’em up, ****’em up, BC SUCKS!

    Does that ring any bells? And we cheer that even when we don’t play BC.

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