Maine Hockey Journal

Colin Wilson and BU trample Maine

Orono, ME– It wasn’t pretty. The Boston University Terrier scored early and often as they defeated the Maine Black Bears 7-2. Colin Wilson got his first career hat trick and two assists.

“It feels pretty good (getting the hat trick),” said sophomore forward Colin Wilson

“He (Wilson) played extremely well,” said Boston University Head Coach Jack Parker. “Not everybody get a chance to put a Hobey Baker candidate to serve a penalty for someone else.

“He’s (Wilson) is a special player. He has poise with the puck and strength with the puck,” said Maine’s Head Coach Tim Whitehead.

The Boston University Terriers didn’t take long to get on the scoreboard. Colin Wilson got his eleventh of the season 16 seconds in when he banked home a rebound that clanked off the crossbar. Chris Higgins and Matt Gilroy got the helpers.

“It was a pretty quick goal,” said Wilson. “I don’t remember what happened.”

After Will O’Neil went off for hitting from behind, Jason Lawrence notched his 15th of the year. Chris Higgins and Wilson getting the assists at the 4:44 mark.

It’s tough getting behind the eight ball that early,” Whitehead said after the game.

“The second goal was off a deflection,” says Maine freshman goaltender Scott Darling.

Lawrence got the lead up to three when Higgins fed him a cross ice pass. Lawrence tapped it past Scott Darling who couldn’t get to the post in time. The goal came 8:51 into the stanza with Colin Wilson getting the secondary assist.

“We need to defend our net better,” said Whitehead.

Colin Wilson got his second of the game when he snapped one past Scott Darling eleven seconds in. That was the end of Darling’s night. Matt Gilroy and Brian Strait picked up the assists.

“I went far side on that one,” said Wilson.

“I wasn’t ready for that one,” said Scott Darling. “He snapped off the shot.”

After the Terriers killed off a penalty, freshman Chris Connelly found the back of the cage for the eighth time this season with 2:40 left in the period. Jason Lawrence and Nick Bonino who just came from the sin bin got points on the play.

Maine would go on the man advantage when Eric Gryba went off for his third penalty of the night. Spencer Abbott would score on the powerplay with 29 seconds left in the stanza. Simon Danis Pepin and Robby Dee notched the assists.

1:40 into the third, Wilson completed the hat trick on the powerplay. Matt Gilroy and Brandon Yip got the assists.

At the 6:27 mark Will O’Neil let one go from the point and was able to beat Kieran Millan. Tanner House and Gustav Nyquist notched helpers. Minutes later, O’Neil got in a tussle with Colin Wilson. O’Neil got called for punching and a game disqualification. Wilson got a roughing call.

The dominos fell after that. By the end of the night, Maine had three players with a game disqualification.

With 7:15 left, Kevin Shattenkirk scored on the powerplay. His defensive partner and fellow Colorado Avalanche prospect, Colby Cohen got the primary assist. Luke Popko got the secondary assist.

Kieran Millan made 15 saves to earn his 19th victory. Scott Darling only made two saves in the loss. “I didn’t really help my team,” said Darling. Dave Wilson made 12 saves in clean up duty.

Jeff Dimmen, Will O’Neil, and Mike Banwell will be out tomorrow to serve the automatic one game suspension for being disqualified. Brian Strait will also be sitting tomorrow.

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