Sunday, November 18, 2018

Black Bear goalie bars the door; JFK's first NHL goal

After scoring three goals against Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman in Friday’s win, Terriers were stymied by the Bruins’ draft pick on Saturday and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Black Bears.  Swayman stopped 41 BU shots, including 28 over the final two periods. Bobo Carpenter’s team-high sixth goal was the only shot to beat him.

After BU had held a decided early territorial advantage, Maine drew first blood on a power play midway through the first period. Jake Oettinger stopped Chase Pearson’s initial shot but Mitch Fossier gained position at the left post and buried the rebound.

Maine doubled the lead early in the second period with the teams skating four men apiece as Pearson converted on a 3-on-2 rush. Halfway through the period, BU got on the board when co-captain Dante Fabbro sent the puck behind the Maine net to Logan Cockerill, who was slowed by a Maine defender. Carpenter picked up the loose puck and put a sharp-angle shot past Swayman, high to the glove side.

BU outshot Maine 28-14 over the final two periods, but couldn’t produce an equalizer. With less than a minute left in regulation, Swayman denied Shane Bowers and Pearson fired the puck the length of the ice into the empty Terrier cage.

After scoring three power play goals Friday, BU came up empty on five attempts Saturday. Defenseman David Farrance, a key point man on the power play, and Maine’s Simon Butala were given game misconducts for facemasking, just 12 minutes into the game.

Head Coach Albie O’Connell lamented the frustrating loss, noting, “We had plenty of opportunities in that first period to get up a couple goals. Their goalie made some big saves … We had plenty of chances to score through the game.”

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Defkit’s Terrier Takeaway

- Thought the team played pretty well, the difference in the game was Swayman, who made several excellent saves.

- Dressing the extra forward (Witkowski) versus an extra defenseman became an issue when Farrance was given the misconduct, since that left the team with only 5 d-men. But given that BU was playing from behind most of the game, I don't know how much Vidoli would have actually played. The bigger impact was losing Farrance on the Power Play.

- The team once again struggled with the PP rush where they drop it back to a forward. I guess there must be a reason for this approach, since some NHL teams use it now, but the forwards were not making good decisions with the puck and the result was often a turnover right at the blue line.

- Harper seems to have his legs back, but the Maine defensemen had little trouble knocking him off the puck. Hopefully he'll continue to improve.

- While Swayman was clearly the player of the game, I thought Oettinger played well. He had no shot on the first goal (a rebound to an uncovered winger on the Power Play). The shot total for Maine (28) wasn’t high, but several of them were testing.

Looking ahead

2019 recruits Alex Vlasic and Trevor Zegras scored goals in the NTDP U18s’ 7-4 win against Dubuque. Zegras also assisted on Vlasic’s power play goal. For Team USA, it was their sixth straight win.

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone scored his team-leading ninth goal in USHL Chicago’s 5-3 win over the NTDP U17s, beating future teammate and 2020 recruit Drew Commesso. 2020 recruit Dylan Peterson had an assist for the U17s, his sixth point in the last eight games.

Looking back

Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson scored his first NHL goal in the Bruins’ 2-1 win against Arizona.

Jack Eichel assisted on the tying and game-winning goals in the third period as Buffalo rallied for a 3-2 win against Minnesota.  With 22 points, Eichel leads the Sabres who have won five in a row.

Alex Chiasson scored his eighth goal and his second in two nights in Edmonton’s 6-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Women’s Team

Terriers had to settle for a 3-3 tie with Vermont as the Catamounts scored with 91 seconds left in regulation. BU goal scorers were Jesse Compher, Sammy Davis and Mackenna Parker.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Power plays help BU edge Maine, 3-2

David Farrance's power-play goal late in the third period was the game-winner as BU edged Maine, 3-2, at Agganis Arena in the first of the two-game series. It was the Terriers' third man-advantage tally of the contest and allowed BU to stretch its winning streak to three and its unbeaten streak to four. The teams play again tonight at Agganis with a 7 p.m. start.

Maine got on the board in the first period when an unmarked Eduards Tralmak beat Jake Oettinger with a wrist shot from the right circle. Thanks to a pair of BU penalties, the Black Bears had a first period 14-7 shot advantage.

BU turned that around in the middle period pouring 22 shots on goalie Jeremy Swayman, who had shut out the Terriers last season. A Bobo Carpenter power-play goal evened the scored at 17:17 and two minutes later, Joel Farabee took a Chad Krys pass at the bottom of the right circle and whipped a shot through Swayman for a 2-1 BU lead.

The lead held until just under six minutes left in the third period when Maine's Tim Doherty scored from the slot on a power play.  With just under two minutes left in regulation, BU went back on the man-advantage. Farrance was set up at the center point by Patrick Harper and blasted a shot to the top corner of the net with Ty Amonte setting a screen in front on Swayman.

Oettinger finished the contest with 36 saves while Swayman stopped 39 BU shots.

“It was a slow first period … Between periods we talked about shooting the puck more,” BU head coach Albie O’Connell said about his team’s improved offensive performance. “We were pretty frustrated … then as the game wore on, we had 22 shots in the second period. It was a tight game, and it could’ve gone either way.” recap and comprehensive box score
-Video highlights and Coach O'Connell's post-game comments
-Daily Free Press recap
-Boston Herald  BU gaining power, beats Maine

Looking ahead
2019 recruit Trevor Zegras scored twice and added an assist to lead the NTDP U18s past Omaha, 7-1. Domenick Fensore and Alex Vlasic each recorded an assist.
-USA Hockey recap, box score and video highlights

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone has been named to the Team USA squad for the World Junior A Challenge beginning Dec. 9 in Bonnyville, Alberta.

2019 recruit Ethan Phillips will be playing for USHL Sioux Falls for the remainder of this season. 

2021 recruits Roman Schmidt (Don Mills Flyers) and Danil Zhilkin (Toronto Marlboros) have been selected to play in the 10th annual Greater Toronto Hockey League all-star game set for Dec. 11.

Women's Team
Sophomore goalie Corinne Schroeder stopped 26 shots to record her first career shutout as BU blanked Vermont, 3-0. BU received goals from Jesse Compher, Kristina Schuler and Mackenna Parker. recap and comprehensive box score

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Game Day: Terriers host Black Bears

Terriers return to Agganis Arena for a two-game series with Maine. Friday night’s contest starts at 7:30 p.m. BU is looking to extend its two game winning streak.

The Black Bears split a pair of games with UMass Lowell last weekend, winning, 4-3, and then losing, 1-0. Sophomore goalie Jeremy Swayman stopped 44 shots in the loss and 71 shots in the series. Maine’s offense is led by junior Chase Pearson with seven points, freshman Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup with six and juniors Tim Doherty and Mitchell Fossier with five each. The Black Bears own the conference’s second best penalty kill at 88.9% but also are Hockey East’s most penalized team at 22 minutes/game.

BU’s offense has been led by co-captains Dante Fabbro and Bobo Carpenter with eight and seven points respectively. They’re followed by Chad Krys, Joel Farabee and David Farrance with five apiece.

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Extra D-man = Blixt

Episode six of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interview with Head Coach Albie O’Connell, junior forward Patrick Curry and Belfast Giants head of hockey operations and former Terrier standout Steve Thornton

Curry, who scored the overtime game-winner in last year’s Hockey East semifinal win against BC, is off to a strong start with three goals and an assist in seven games. Thornton scored 144 points as a Terrier, skating for back-to-back Hockey East champions (’94, ’95) and the 1995 NCAA champions, earning Team MVP honors as a senior. He went on to a long professional career in Europe, primarily with the Cardiff Devils and the Belfast Giants. In 2008 he became a player-coach for the Giants. 

Looking ahead

2019 recruit Ethan Phillips had spent two weekends with Sioux Falls in recent weeks, producing six points in four games. The Nova Scotia native had a 9-10-19 scoring line in 20 games with Select Academy 18U. Last year he had 68 points  with the 16Us.

All four BU 2019 recruits on the USNTDP U18s—Alex Vlasic,  Case McCarthy, Domenick Fensore and Trevor Zegras—have signed their national letters of intent.

2019 recruit Vinnie Purpura has been traded from USHL Omaha to Youngstown. Last season, the 6’3” netminder had a 13-4-1-2 record with a 2.40 GAA and a .916 save percentage for the Lancers. This season he is 2-4-0-1 with a 3.71 GAA. 

Phantoms’ GM Jason Koehler noted: “With Vincent Purpura – we acquire a goaltender who has a few years of junior experience and success and had a breakout season last year in Omaha after joining their club from Johnstown and the NAHL…Purpura was stellar with the Lancers last season and earned himself a college commitment from a top college hockey program and generated a ton of NHL interest last year as well.”
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Women’s Team

Terriers begin a two-game home series with Vermont with Friday’s contest at Walter Brown Arena beginning at 7 p.m. BU stands at 2-3-3 and is coming off a 4-1 win against UConn.

BU’s offense is led by Jesse Compher with 11 points and Sammy Davis with eight. Corinne Schroeder has started seven of the eight games. Vermont lost to Providence, 2-0 last Sunday and is 2-6-3 on the season. Eve-Audrey Picard leads the Catamounts in goals (3) and points (6).
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