Saturday, November 23, 2013

Terriers upend North Dakota, 3-1

Goalie Matt O’Connor carried a shutout late into the third period and turned aside 37 shots as BU defeated #14 North Dakota, 3-1, at Agganis Arena. The 6-5 goalie earned first-star honors as he improved his record to 5-2 in seven starts. Terriers evened their record a 6-6-0 with what NBC Sports Radio analyst Tom Ryan called "their best effort of the year."

BU got on the board midway through the opening period when Cason Hohmann took a feed from Matt Lane and whipped a shot from the left dot past UND’s Clarke Saunders.
Seven minutes later Danny O’Regan converted the rebound of a Garrett Noonan shot on a power play, with Ahti Oksanen also assisting.

While there was no scoring in the middle period, BU had one called back when it was ruled that Mike Moran’s redirect of a Doyle Somerby blast was done with a high stick.
In the third period with BU on an abbreviated power play, freshman Kevin Duane scored his second goal in two games, banging home the rebound of Matt Grzelcyk’s shot for a 3-0 Terrier lead.

North Dakota’s top scorer, Rocco Grimaldi, ruined O’Connor’s shut out with 2:37 left when he popped one home from the left circle.

The win proved costly as Hohmann left the game in the first period with a shoulder injury (video) that will keep him sidelined for what Coach David Quinn described as “a while.” He added:

“I thought we were pretty thorough from start to finish. There were some lapses where I thought they controlled the play a little bit, but we minimized those stretches and did a lot of good things tonight.”

BU converted 2 of 7 power plays while killing both UND man advantages. Terriers also held a 34-31 edge on faceoffs.

Saturday’s rematch will be a 7 p.m. start and will be aired live on NESN.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Daily Free Press Slideshow
● Post-game comments: Quinn, O’Connor/Duane, Pluses and Minuses
● Boston Hockey Blog recap, feature on Duane
● College Hockey News Hohmann injury
● USCHO recap
SB Sports recap

Looking ahead
2014 recruit Jack Eichel scored his team-leading 14th goal for the NTDP U18s who outscored Waterloo, 8-6. He added an assist and now has a 14-16-30 line in 16 games. Fellow 2014 recruit Johnathan MacLeod also notched an assist.

2015 recruit Maxim Letunov scored his seventh goal of the season on a power play, assisted by 2014 recruit JJ Piccinich, but the Youngstown Phantoms fell in a shootout to Lincoln, 4-3.

Looking back
David Warsofsky assisted on two goals as AHL Providence beat Bridgeport in a shootout, 4-3.

Former BU goalie and Hockey East Player of the Year John Curry has been recalled to the Wild’s AHL affiliate in Iowa.

Women’s Team
#9 Terriers suffered their second consecutive setback to a highly ranked team, dropping a 3-1 verdict to #5/6 Harvard in Cambridge. BU outshot the Crimson, 35-32, but fell behind, giving up a goal in each period. Sophomore Rebecca Russo’s third-period goal enabled BU to avert a shutout. It was her sixth score of the season.
● recap and comprehensive box score
● Photo gallery

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