Sunday, February 19, 2017

Terriers erupt in third and bounce UNH, 8-4

Trailing 4-3 late in the second period, the #4 Terriers tied the score on a power play and pulled away with four in the third for an 8-4 win over New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center. BU earned its 20th win with its highest goal output of the season, exceeding the seven goals scored against Sacred Heart back in October. Freshman Patrick Harper led the way with a pair of goals and an assist, while Clayton Keller, Chase Phelps, Charlie McAvoy and Kieffer Bellows all had two-point nights.

The victory, along with ties in the BC-Vermont and Notre Dame-Providence games, locks up a first-round bye for the Terriers, who trail the Eagles by two points and still can finish anywhere from first to fourth in the conference race.

BU outshot the Wildcats in the first period, but trailed 2-1 as John MacLeod’s one-timer for his first goal of the season was sandwiched between goals scored by Jason Salvaggio and Tyler Kelleher.  Salvaggio’s second goal early in the second gave UNH a 3-1 lead, but BU extinguished it with a pair of goals in a 2:10 span.  The first came from Phelps—off the post--and then Harper followed up his own shot attempt and ripped it past Daniel Tirone. Ara Nazarian gave UNH its final lead, 4-3, at 16:18, but it was short-lived as Dante Fabbro’s power play shot from the top of the left circle knotted the score again.
Just as they had Friday night, BU thoroughly dominated the final period, but this time the offense produced a win.  Following a strong penalty kill for BU, Harper’s second of the game at 3:30 proved to be the game-winner.  BU padded the lead on Bellows' shot off a Wildcat defenseman and Bobo Carpenter’s 13th of the season.  Keller closed things out with his 17th, fired into the empty net.

Assessing the win, BU Coach David Quinn said:
“We attacked the offensive blue line with speed; we weren’t slowing up to make plays. We had possession of the puck down low. We were moving our feet. We weren’t defendable and we were getting pucks to the net.” 
● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video Highlights
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Bellows, Harper
● Daily Free Press recap and analysis
● Hockey East Online recap

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Hank Crone assisted on three goals in Fargo’s 7-1 win over Madison bringing his point total to 40 (16G, 24A).

2017 recruit Shane Bowers scored his 18th goal in Waterloo’s 5-2 win against Sioux Falls. The center from Halifax, Nova Scotia has been wielding a hot stick with eight goals in his last 11 games.

2017 recruit Ty Amonte scored the first and last goals for Penticton in the Vees' 5-0 blanking of West Kelowna. Amonte, who also recorded an assist, has a 16-19-35 scoring line in 64 games.

2017 recruits Brady Tkachuk, Logan Cockerill and David Farrance, all from the NTDP U18s, attended Friday night’s game against New Hampshire as part of their official visits to BU.

2019 recruit Joel Farabee scored the NTDP U17s’ only goal in a 4-1 loss to Chicago. Farabee leads the team in goals with 18 and points with 31.

2020 recruit Trevor Zegras scored a pair of goals in Avon Old Farms’ 5-4 win against Salisbury. The sophomore forward has a team-leading 14 goals along with 17 assists in 22 games.

Looking back
Colin Wilson scored a goal and added an assist for Nashville, but the Predators dropped a 5-2 decision to Minnesota
● recap and video

Women’s Team
Junior Victoria Bach, graduate student Mary Parker and senior Samantha Sutherland each tallied three points as the Terriers defeated Northeastern, 7-2, on Friday night at Walter Brown Arena.

BU concludes its season today against Maine with a 3 p.m. Senior Day contest at Walter Brown Arena.
● recap and comprehensive box score
● Game Day links

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Terriers rally for 4-4 tie with UNH

#4 Terriers rallied twice from two-goal deficits to earn a hard-fought 4-4 overtime tie with New Hampshire at Agganis Arena. BU received second-period goals from Jordan Greenway and Bobo Carpenter and third-period goals from Charlie McAvoy and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson.

The Wildcats had the upper hand in the first period, scoring a power play goal just three minutes in and then doubling the lead when Ara Nazarian pick-pocketed Brien Diffley at the edge of the crease and beat Jake Oettinger.

Momentum shifted in the second period after an especially effective penalty kill by BU. Then at 6:17, Greenway wristed a McAvoy pass past Daniel Tirone to get the Terriers on the board. Three minutes later, Patrick Harper set up Carpenter for a power play goal to bring BU even at 2-2. UNH responded with a blast from Dylan Chantier from the high slot and Tyler Kelleher’s rip from the left faceoff dot to restore its two-goal margin.

Momentum shifted again just 40 seconds into the final period when McAvoy’s shot from the point went past a screened Tirone to cut the lead to 4-3.  It was all BU after that with the Terriers firing another 15 shots on net, many of the grade A variety. But they weren’t rewarded until 15:36 when Greenway controlled the puck behind the UNH net and found Forsbacka Karlsson for the equalizer.

BU pressed for a game-winner in the final minutes of regulation and throughout the five minute overtime, but came up empty. A late non-call when Clayton Keller was hooked down drew the ire of BU fans and Coach David Quinn, who disdainfully noted that the referee told him that Keller “fell.”

“I thought they played well. I thought a bunch of guys played well,” Quinn said. “After the first period we dusted ourselves off and said let’s just go play hockey. What I liked tonight is there was a lot of zone time. We were less defendable down low. We got more pucks to the net which got them turned around."

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Forsbacka Karlsson
● Daily Free Press recap, analysis
● USCHO recap

The teams will complete their home-and-home at The Whittemore Center in Durham tonight at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast online on ESPN3.

Looking ahead
BU added another high-end defenseman to its recruiting pipeline with a commitment from 6’4” Cade Webber.  A native of Pittsburgh suburb Meadville, Pennsylvania, Webber is a freshman at The Rivers School, coached by former Terrier All-American, NHLer and U.S. Olympian Shawn McEachern. He has a goal and 15 assists in 27 games. Webber joins Lawrence Academy defenseman Braden Doyle, Avon Old Farms forward Trevor Zegras  and CIH Academy center Dylan Peterson in BU’s 2020 recruit class.  All three are considered strong candidates for the National Team Development Program.

Cox recently profiled Webber for an article on top ’01 prep players who—at the time—were uncommitted:

2. Cade Webber#8 Rivers, Fr., Defense, Shoots Left, 1/5/01, 6-4/175 - A Pennsylvania native, he's still very raw, but his size and physical tools have several big time schools intrigued. He's being pursued by Penn State, Providence, BC and BU among others, several of whom have offered. For a big kid growing into his frame, his footwork and first step are impressive, but he'll only get better as he continues to develop. His mobility and gaps are strong. He skates with his head up and has good reach. Once he continues to bulk up his lower body strength, his skating should get even better.
Last month Webber was drafted by the Jersey Hitmen in the futures draft for the National Collegiate Development Conference, which is the USPHL's tuition-free division that will drop its inaugural puck in September 2017. 
● Elite Prospects page
● Boston Hockey Blog report

Friday, February 17, 2017

Game Day: BU hosts New Hampshire

#4 Terriers will look to end a two-game skid as they begin a home-and-home series with New Hampshire tonight at Agganis Arena. The contest is part of this week’s ASN/NESN doubleheader and will have an early start at 6 p.m.

The Wildcats also have been slumping with a 1-6-2 record in their last nine, but split with Vermont last weekend.  UNH is led by the high-scoring line of Tyler Kelleher (51 points), Michael McNicholas (31) and Jason Salvaggio (29). Freshman Patrick Grasso adds another 28 points. Goalie Daniel Tirone has 2.80 GAA and .911 save percentage.

The Boston Hockey Blog tweeted that Brandon Hickey, injured Monday night, will miss this weekend’s games, so either Brien Diffley or Shane Switzer should be in the line-up. BHB also reported Coach David Quinn promises some changes on offense and that Jake Oettinger will start in goal.

Tonight's starting line-up for the Terriers:

Keller - JFK - Greenway
Harper - Carpenter - Roberto
Phelps - Cloonan - Bellows
Somerby - Curry - Chabot
Krys - McAvoy
Switzer - Fabbro
Diffley - MacLeod

● Daily Free Press preview
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● ASN Broadcast outlets

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Trevor Zegras scored his ream-leading 12th goal in Avon Old Farms' 3-2 loss to Choate.

Looking back 
Former Terrier forward and longtime Lowell head coach Billy Riley has been named the 2017 Legend of College Hockey recipient by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation.  A Medford, Massachusetts native, Riley was a classmate and linemate of Jack Parker and played on BU's 1966 and 1967 Frozen Four teams. He received a doctorate in sports psychology in 1981. report
It was a three-dog night in Buffalo with Sabres Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues (photo) and the Avs Matt Nieto all on the ice.  Eichel and Rodrigues assisted on an Evander Kane goal as Buffalo blanked Colorado, 2-0. recap and video

Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on three of four St. Louis goals as the Blues edged Vancouver, 4-3.  Shattenkirk, an unrestricted free agent this summer, continues to be the subject of trade rumors. recap and video

Ahti Oksanen scored his third goal in four games and added two assists in ECHL Greenville's 4-3 OT win against Manchester. Oksanen has 13 goals and 13 assists in 31 games for the Swamp Rabbits.

Women’s Team
The Terriers’ final weekend of the regular season begins with tonight’s game against Northeastern at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.  BU enters the weekend in third place in Hockey East and will be looking to secure that position for the upcoming playoffs. BU will host Maine on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the regular season finale.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

IBUH 17; BU thumped in Beanpot final

Episode 17 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Coach David Quinn, junior defenseman John MacLeod and Director of Hockey Operations Brittany Miller.

A second round draft pick in the 2014 NHL draft by Tampa Bay, MacLeod played at Kimball Union Academy (as a teammate of Doyle Somerby) and then with the US NTDP program for two seasons before arriving on Commonwealth Avenue.  He has career totals of three goals and thirteen assists.

Miller was announced as DHO last September after serving as the Terriers’ team manager during her undergraduate and graduate school years. She became the first female to be hired in a full-time role on an NCAA Division I men's ice hockey staff and, earlier this month, was featured in a New York Times article.

Catching Up
Terriers dropped a 6-3 decision to Harvard in the Beanpot Championship game, as the Crimson dominated most of the game to take the title for the first time since 1993.  After falling behind 1-0, after one period, BU took the lead on goals by Kieffer Bellows and Clayton Keller early in the second period.  But it was all Harvard after that as the Crimson scored five times, interrupted only by Keller’s second of the night. Harvard had a 46-17 shot advantage.

Jake Oettinger had 40 saves (there was one ENG) and earned the Eberly Trophy for the top save percentage (.913) in two tournament games, stopping a combined 63 shots.

“At the end of the day this is a game of want,” Quinn said. “And boy did they want it more than we did. They out-skated us. They out-hit us. They out-shot us.”

He added: “We were slow. We were slow with puck movement, with skating. Really disappointing. Really a head scratcher.”

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game highlights: Coach David Quinn, Doyle Somerby
● Daily Free Press recap, analysis, Gallery,
● USCHO recap
● SB Nation recap

Looking back
Former BU captain Wade Megan has been recalled to St. Louis from AHL Chicago and will center the Blues 3rd or 4th line tonight vs. Detroit.  He was called up earlier this season and scored a goal on his first NHL shot.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Game Day: BU vs. Harvard for all the Beans--UPDATED

#4 Terriers will face off with #3 Harvard tonight—weather permitting—for the 65th Beanpot Championship at TD Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:30 and the game will air on NESN and TSN2.

The contest with be the 154th in series history with BU holding a 79-68-6 (.536) edge. However, the last BU-Harvard match-up in the Beanpot Final came in 1998 with the Terriers winning, 2-1, on Nick Gillis’ redirection of a Tom Poti shot. (video)

BU won the first meeting of the teams, 5-3, in November at Agganis Arena. Harvard comes into the game with a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) and the best winning percentage in Division 1. The Crimson’s offense is led by seniors Alexander Kerfoot and Sean Malone with 30 points apiece. Another senior, Tyler Moy, has 26. Junior goalie Merrick Madsen sports a 2.22 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
The Daily Free Press's Jonathan Sigal spoke with Coach David Quinn about what is ailing BU's power play:

● Daily Free Press preview
● Boston Globe: Beanpot Final preview
Boston Herald: Beanpot Final preview, Notebook
● Harvard Game Notes

► The BU Alumni Association is sponsoring Beanpot Watch Parties in 17 cities. Click here for details.

BU dropped to #4 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, switching places with Harvard, now #3.

USCHO Hockey East blog

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Brady Tkachuk scored his 15th goal in the NTDP U18s’ 5-4 shootout win against Sweden at the Five Nations Tournament in Sundsvall, Sweden. Team USA won all four games and clinched the tournament title.
●USA Hockey recap and video, box score

2017 recruit Jack DeBoer (photo) scored a power play goal while Tyler Weiss assisted on a pair of goals and Jake Wise recorded one helper as the NTDP U17s doubled up the host Czech Republic, 4-2, at the Five Nations Tournament. Team USA won three of its four games. 
● USA Hockey recap, box score

Looking back
Jack Eichel assisted on all three Buffalo goals in the Sabres’ 3-1 win against Toronto.
● recap and video

Sahir Gill scored twice and David Warsofsky also had a goal in Wilkes Barre/Scranton’s 4-2 win against Binghamton. The Baby Penguins, coached by Clark Donatelli, are in first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division and lead all teams with 75 points.
● Times-Leader recap

John McCarthy scored his 11th goal in the San Jose Barracuda’s 4-2 win against Stockton.

Women’s Team
Terriers completed a sweep of their home-and-home series with New Hampshire, defeating UNH, 5-2 at Walter Brown Arena. BU was led by Rebecca Leslie’s goal and two assists and Victoria Bach’s pair of goals.

With score knotted at 1-1 after the first period, BU took the lead for good on second period goals by Leslie and Alexis Crossley. They added to the lead in the third on Bach’s second goal and one from Maddie Elia. Victoria Hanson turned aside 35 Wildcat shots.
● recap and comprehensive box score
Video highlights and comments from Coach Brian Durocher, Leslie
● Daily Free Press recap and analysis
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