Tuesday, January 17, 2017


SB Nation: JFK keeps it going 

► BU SID Brian Kelley reports that Karlsson’s seven goals in the past four games came on just 11 shots.

Following the home-and-home sweep, BU is now #3 in the Pairwise and #4 in the KRACH rankings

BU-BC analysis

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- Oettinger was the clear star of the game. By keeping BC off the board in the first, he gave his teammates and coaches a chance to regroup, and they came out much stronger in the second period. 65 saves on 66 shots in two wins against his WJC netminding partner has to feel good for Jake, given his lack of playing time in that tournament. As usual, he looked very calm throughout the whole game, and really used his large frame to his advantage.
- Other than taking three penalties, the defense played a solid game. I thought Fabbro looked especially strong (save for one terrible giveaway in the third period). Krys made a nice rush that preceded BU’s first goal. MacAvoy showed his skill, but did have a handful of giveaways.
- Glad to see Curry get that first goal after Bellows created the turnover. Curry, who was really hustling, brings a good energy level every night.
- Terriers struggled to create consistent 5-on-5 scoring opportunities. They had a few strong shifts where they had a good cycle going, but there were very few chances off the rush. Not sure if the credit goes to BC's defense or a lack of flow by the forwards. Hopefully the team can work on this as they move on to the rest of the conference schedule.
- BC is a well-coached, skilled team. This game really could have gone either way; trying to beat them a third time in the Beanpot will be a tall order. Crisp passing and lot of back-door passing gave them lots of opportunities.
- The win should be a confidence building win for the Terriers (as should the 6 game winning streak). Hopefully they can keep things rolling.

● Boston Hockey Blog recap and “the small five”


Looking back

Oettinger slams the door; BU blanks BC

Freshman goalie stopped all 34 shots he faced to backstop #3/4 BU to a 3-0 win over #10 Boston College before a packed house at Conte Forum. Authoring his fourth shutout of the season, the 6’4” netminder from Lakeville, Minnesota earned first-star honors as the Terriers completed their first sweep of a home-and-home weekend series against BC since 2001-02. 

The BU goal scorers were Patrick Curry, Bobo Carpenter and the red-hot Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, who has found the net seven times in the last four games. All three came on power plays. The win, BU’s sixth in a row, vaults the Terriers into second place in Hockey East, a point behind the Eagles but with two games in hand.
First period was scoreless but the Eagles had a 14-8 shot advantage and forced Oettinger to make several big saves.

BU got its first power play opportunity early in the second period and made it pay off with just a second left on the man advantage. BC was about to clear the puck out of their zone when Kieffer Bellows knocked it off Austin Cangelosi’s stick. Curry (photo) picked up the loose puck, wheeled into the right circle and wristed a shot past a screened Joe Woll, high to the stick side. BU kept up the pressure and outshot BC, 12-6, for the period.

Just like on Friday night, BU carried a one-goal lead into the third and BC pressed for an equalizer. The Terriers killed an early BC power play, giving them a perfect three-for-three on the penalty kills. This time BU didn’t go into a shell and produced several good scoring chances that Woll foiled. An Eagles’ slashing penalty with three minutes left put BU on a power play and a second infraction made it a five-on-three advantage. Following an offensive zone face-off win, Clayton Keller skated into the high slot and snapped a pass to JFK on the goal line to Woll’s right. He one-timed a shot off Woll for a 2-0 lead. With BU still on the power play and Woll pulled, Jordan Greenway took the puck away from BC and found Carpenter who skated into the Eagles’ zone and scored into the empty net.

Comparing the shutout win to Friday’s victory, Head Coach David Quinn said:

“Tonight I thought we were much quicker and more alert. Our power play delivered big. As important as your percentage is, the timing of a power play goal is equally important. If you’re going to have success, your special teams better be good.”

Over the two-game series, Oettinger saved 66 of 67 shots. In addition to his four complete-game shutouts, he blanked Northeastern on November 5th for 55:40, but had to leave the ice for a brief skate repair in a game that ended 3-0.

BU dominated in the faceoff circle by a 28-17 margin, largely due to JFK winning 17 of 20 draws.

● GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn and Oettinger
● Hockey East Online recap, box score, highlights
● Daily Free Press recap, Curry leads BU past BC
● College Hockey News recap
● The Heights recap
● SB Nation recap

Max Prawdzik stopped 32 shots to gain his second win in as many starts for Lone Star as the Brahmas edged the Odessa Jackalopes, 3-2.  Prawdzik plans to return to BU in the fall.
● NAHL box score

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Trevor Zegras assisted on both Avon Old Farms goals in a 2-2 tie with The Kent School. The sophomore wing leads the Winged Beavers with a 6-12-18 line in a dozen games.

Looking back
Jack Eichel scored his ninth and tenth goals in Buffalo’s 4-1 win against Dallas.
● NHL.com recap and video

Nick Bonino scored his seventh goal in the Penguins’ 8-7 overtime win that ended Washington’s nine-game winning streak.
● NHL.com recap and video

Monday, January 16, 2017

Game Day: Terriers visit the Heights

BU and BC resume their home-and-home with a nationally televised game at Conte Forum. ASN and NESN will air the game with puck drop set for 7 p.m. ET.

Note: if you visited the GoTerriers.com site yesterday and saw a link for an ASN Live Stream, please be aware that no stream will be available tonight.

After Friday night’s 2-1 victory, the Terriers are looking to complete their first sweep of a home-and-home series with the Eagles since the 2001-02 season.  Currently tied with New Hampshire for fourth in Hockey East, BU—with two games in hand vs. first-place BC—has an opportunity to tighten up the race.

Freshman Clayton Keller brings a five-game scoring streak (3-5-8) into the game, while sophomore Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson has eight points (6G, 2A) over the last four games.
BU’s line-up

● ASN/NESN List of Stations
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● USCHO Hockey East blog
● The Heights game preview
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape

Terriers moved up two spots to #3 in the USCHO weekly poll with one first-place vote, while the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll has BU ranked #4.

Keller and goalie Jake Oettinger were named to Hockey East's weekly list of top performers.

Looking ahead
2019 recruit Joel Farabee scored his team high 16th goal in the NTDP U17s’ 6-2 loss to the Chicago Steel. Farabee also leads the U17s in scoring with 27 points.  2018 recruit Tyler Weiss had an assist in the game.

Looking back
Kevin Shattenkirk had a pair of a assists—his 19th and 20th—in the Blues' 4-0 win over San Jose.  The former BU captain has 28 points in 44 games.

Women’s Team
#10 Terriers skated to a pair of overtime ties against Vermont over the weekend.  In Sunday’s 1-1 tie, Mary Parker’s 18th goal of the season in the first period was matched by the Catamounts in the middle period. Victoria Hanson made 39 saves for BU.

On Saturday, Victoria Bach’s goal with 1:28 left in regulation completed a two-goal comeback that knotted the score at three apiece.  Sammy Davis’s power play tally had cut the Catamount lead to 3-2. Sara Steele scored BU’s first goal.

● GoTerriers.com recaps Sunday, Saturday

Assistant Coach Katie Lachapelle earned a third consecutive gold medal as an assistant with the US Women’s National Under 18s at the IIHF World Championship event in the Czech Republic.  Team USA’s roster included 2017 BU recruit Jesse Compher, while BU assistant strength and conditioning coach Jill Zeller also was part of the winning US contingent.
● GoTerriers.com report

Saturday, January 14, 2017

BU edges BC on Keller goal; Oettinger outduels Woll

Second period goals from Clayton Keller and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and a 32-save effort by Jake Oettinger fueled #5 BU’s 2-1 win against #8 BC at a sold out Agganis Arena Friday night. The victory was the first home win over arch-rival BC for Head Coach David Quinn. More importantly, it brought the Terriers within five points of the Eagles in the Hockey East standings—with two games in hand. BU also extended its winning streak to five games.

Following a pre-game ceremony honoring 13 participants in the 2017 World Junior Championships-- 7 Terriers and 5 Eagles including one coach—the teams played a scoreless first period. Both teams had one power play opportunity and BU had a 15-11 edge in shots.

BU drew first blood at 3:47 of the second period when Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson deflected home a Dante Fabbro slapshot. Brandon Hickey also assisted. For JFK, it was his sixth goal in three games. That lead lasted less than 90 seconds as the visitors capitalized on a power play with Colin White connecting on a backdoor play. Two minutes later, Jordan Greenway separated an Eagle defender from the puck behind the BC goal and then found Keller—who was White’s line mate at the WJCs—in front for his eighth goal.

BC had two more power plays in the middle period (one of which continued into the third period), but were limited to just three shots, all stopped by Oettinger. The Eagles, pressing for a tie, held a 12-5 shot advantage in the third but Oettinger slammed the door again and again. His best save came early in the third when he denied Austin Cangelosi’s attempt to convert the rebound of a shot from the point.

The 6’4” goalie from Minnesota improved his record to 10-5-2, outdueling BC’s Joe Woll who was his teammate the past two seasons in the National Team Development Program and again this season at the World Junior Championships. Quinn noted that:

[Oettinger] thrives under pressure, and I think you saw that again tonight. We’re not playing great in the third; he stands tall, and we get two valuable points in the league.”

The home-and-home series completes on Monday evening at Conte Forum.

● GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights; live-stream replay
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Somerby & Keller
● SB Nation Stars lead BU past BC
Boston Herald recap
● WJC Ceremony highlights
A year ago at Agganis, BU carried a one-goal lead into the third period, but the visitors scored the equalizer in the final minutes, leading to a 1-1 overtime tie.

Looking ahead
Brady Tkachuk scored a goal and added two assists in the NTDP U18s’s 5-1 win over Green Bay.  The 6’2” power forward, who has 26 points (11G, 15A) in 32 games, was named second star of the game.
● USA Hockey recap

Looking back
Wade Megan scored his 19th goal of the season, an unassisted tally, in the Chicago Wolves’ 4-2 win against Manitoba. The former Terrier captain is second in the AHL in goal scoring and fifth in points with 35.

Adam Clendening got his 5th assist of the season on a late 3rd period goal, but the NY Rangers fell to Toronto, 4-2.  The former Terrier defenseman has scored three points in his last two games.

Women's Team
 #10 Terriers begin a two-game series against Vermont at Walter Brown Arena today with puck drop set for 3 p.m.

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