Sunday, November 17, 2019

UMass skates past BU, 4-1; Texas hat trick for Eichel

#5 UMass broke a 1-1 tie midway through the third period and added two more tallies to defeat the Terriers, 4-1, at the Mullins Center in Amherst. It was another busy night for graduate transfer goalie Sam Tucker who made 36 saves, including five during a major penalty to BU in the second period.

A five-on-three UMass goal by late in the first period was matched by Cam Crotty’s first goal of the season, midway through the middle period. Mitchell Chaffee’s second goal, an unassisted effort at 10:12 of the third, proved to be the game-winner. The Minutemen would add an even-strength goal by Matthew Kessel and an empty-netter by Colin Felix after BU pulled Tucker for an extra-attacker. 
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Looking ahead 
 2020 recruit Brian Carrabes scored his sixth goal and assisted on two other tallies in Sioux Falls' 6-3 loss to Green Bay. He leads the Stampede in scoring with 13 points. 
Looking back

Jack Eichel scored all four goals for the Sabres in a 4-2 win against Ottawa. The former Terrier All-American and Hobey Baker Award winner has 12 goals and 11 assists in 19 games to lead Buffalo in scoring. 
Charlie Coyle scored his fourth goal, assisted by Charlie McAvoy in the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss to Washington. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Tucker backbones Terrier upset of UMass

Terriers rode a 49-saves performance by Sam Tucker and a three-goal second period to a 4-3 win against #5 UMass at Agganis Arena. BU, which received goals from Matt Quercia, captain Patrick Curry, Gabe Chabot and David Farrance, led 4-0 after two and withstood a three-goal Minutemen comeback.

Tucker had to be sharp from the get-go as the visitors poured 21 shots on the Terrier goal in the first period, but the only tally came of Quercia’s stick seven minutes in. The 6’3” sophomore controlled the rebound of Curry’s shot from the high slot and backhanded the puck past Matt Murray, with Trevor Zegras adding an assist.

At 3:31 of the second, Cam Crotty, who returned to the line-up after missing the past three games with an injury, set up Patrick Harper for a sharp-angle attempt that slid across the crease behind Murray. Curry, who had position on the UMass defender, knocked the loose puck home for a 2-0 lead.

Just two-and-a-half minutes later, Chabot gained control behind the UMass goal, skated the puck to the left circle and wristed a shot high to Murray’s stick side for his second goal of the season. Jake Witkowski assisted on the score.

UMass continued to dominate the shot clock with another 17 shots that Tucker would turn aside including a pair of breakaways. The second was slick glove save on a 2-on-0.
A Minutemen penalty late in the period provided the opportunity to extend the lead. BU would cash in with some slick passing from Harper and Robert Mastrosimone setting up Farrance just outside the crease for his team-leading ninth goal.

UMass got on the board in the first minute of the third period when an unmarked Gianfranco Cassaro rapped home the rebound of John Leonard’s shot. Three minutes later, Oliver Chau converted a goalmouth pass from Mitchell Chaffee on a 2-on-1 rush, cutting the lead to 4-2. Midway through the period Zac Jones took an uncontested shot from the left faceoff dot and beat Tucker high to the glove side.

Tucker would shut the door for the remaining of the game registering another 11 saves in the third period, including a slick glove save with just under three minutes remaining and a final attempt at the buzzer with an extra attacker on for UMass.

“Tucker was the difference,” said BU head coach Albie O’Connell. “Sometimes a goalie needs to be the best player for you to win.”

Farrance’s nine goals is tied for the conference lead and is tops for all Division 1 blueliners. He also leads all D1 defensemen with 15 points. Farrance and Harper are tied for the Terrier scoring lead with 15 points each.

The teams complete their home-and-home series tonight at the Mullins Center in Amherst with puck drop set for 8 p.m. Live stream is available on CBS All-Access.

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● Boston Hockey Blog recap, 3 Takeaways 

Episode 6 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett's interviews with Coach O'Connell, senior assistant captain Harper and UMass radio voice Brock Hines.
Looking ahead
2020 recruit Jay O’Brien scored his 15th goal and assisted on three others in Penticton’s 6-3 win against Salmon Arm. The Hingham, Mass., native has 39 points in 25 games, second in BCHL scoring.
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2020 recruit Wilmer Skoog scored his 13th goal in Maryland’s 4-3 shootout win against New Jersey. With 28 points in 20 games, he leads the NAHL with 1.4 points per game and has a goal in each of his last four games.

2020 recruit Brian Carrabes scored his fifth goal in Sioux Falls’ 5-2 loss to Sioux City.

Looking back
Charlie Coyle scored his third goal and assisted on the game winner in the Bruins’ 4-2 win against Toronto. Matt Grzelcyk assisted on Coyle’s tally.

Women’s Team
Terriers dropped a 4-2 decision to #6 BC at Walter Brown Arena Friday night. BU led the Eagles, 2-1, after two periods behind a pair of goals from junior Kristina Schuler, but the Eagles scored three times in the final period, including an empty-net tally as BU pressed from an equalizer. Deziray DeSousa assisted on both Terrier goals, while Corinne Schroeder stopped 26 BC shots.
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