As tough of a night as the Boston University defensemen had at their own end in the Terriers' 4-3 loss to Boston College in Monday's Beanpot final, several had a terrific night at the offensive end. Kevin Shattenkirk scored the first goal of the game with a perfect offensive play, intercepting a clearing pass and roofing a shot over the shoulder of BC goaltender John Muse.
Offensively inclined defenseman David Warsofsky then scored perhaps the prettiest goal of the night, sneaking behind the Eagles' defense and lifting a backhander over Muse to draw the Terriers within two goals. Warsofsky now has eight goals this season, including four short-handed strikes -- tops in Hockey East.
"He's a great skater and he's got great skill," BU coach Jack Parker said. "He can jump into the play, and when he gets into the play, he can make a goal. He dangled it with the backhand.
"He's got a lot of different skills. He's one of the most skilled players in college hockey, never mind most skilled defensemen."
The Terriers' third goal wasn't as pretty, but it was just as effective. Defenseman Colby Cohen banged home the rebound of a Nick Bonino shot from the side of the net. Cohen's 11 goals lead the team and rank in a tie for 11th in Hockey East.
Muse moves on
One year after allowing six goals and enduring an early exit in a semifinal game against Northeastern, Muse blanked Harvard last week and staved off a late BU rally in the final to earn the tournament's Most Valuable Player honors.
Muse turned aside 31 of the 34 shots the Terriers threw at him, including 13 in the third period -- and he looked much more like the goaltender who backstopped the Eagles to a national title two seasons ago than the guy who wasn't able to finish last season's semifinal.
"It's just been his mental approach," BC forward Ben Smith said. "He parked last year completely. He's done. That's an 11-goal swing from last year in the first round. Johnny was unbelievable last Monday and this Monday, and he's a big reason why we won this tournament."
"He's played really well against us this year," BU defenseman Eric Gryba said. "We've definitely noticed a difference from last year to this year. Hats off to him."
Parker won't talk about refs
Parker issued a warning to reporters not to ask questions about the officiating, but that in itself was an indication of how the Terriers felt about the officiating. BU was whistled for seven penalties, and Steve Whitney's tying goal early in the second period came on a power play after a 5-on-3 already had expired.
BC's Brian Gibbons threw a monster hit at Gryba late in the third period, particularly notable because Gibbons is 5-foot-8 and Gryba is 6-foot-4. The hit sent Parker over his own bench to demand an explanation as to its legality.
"We kind of got caught up in what happened out there with some of the refereeing," Shattenkirk said. "That's our fault as players not to move on from that. It's just a matter of controlling your emotions."
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