Saturday, November 02, 2013

Turnaround Terriers overcome Providence, 4-3

Terriers saved their best for last—more specifically the final two periods—as they roared back from a 3-0 deficit to beat #3 Providence, 4-3, at Agganis Arena. Sophomore Danny O’Regan (photo) scored twice, while classmates Matt Lane and Sam Kurker each added a goal.

The opening period was all Providence, as the Friars poured 19 shots on Matt O’Connor. The visitors opened the scored midway through the period on Steven Shamanski’s shorthander. Ross Mauermann’s one-timer doubled the lead and late in the period Brandon Tanev scored on a backhander after a BU turnover. For the Terriers it was the worst period of the season.

It was a totally different BU team after the first intermission. Six minutes into the period, Kurker converted a Nick Roberto rebound after Lane slid the puck into the crease.  Three minutes later, on a power play, Lane beat Jon Gillies high to the glove side from a sharp angle after a pass from Ahti Oksanen.

BU knotted the score late in the period when O’Regan completed a give-and-go with Robbie Baillargeon. Matt Grzelcyk added an assist.  At 5:38 of the final period, O’Regan grabbed the rebound of Baillargeon’s shot and flipped it past Gillies, with co-captain Patrick MacGregor also assisting.

O’Connor kept the Friars off the board the rest of the way, stopping all 18 shots he faced in the final two periods  and 34 of 37 for the evening to improve his record to 3-1-0.

After the game, BU Coach David Quinn explained:
“The first period, they were playing at a level we weren’t able to match and coming out for the second period, we decided the match their effort and their tempo and we were able to do it.
“It’s not easy when you’re down 3-0 and you get your lunch handed to you the way we did in the first period. To respond the way we did certainly speaks a lot to our character and will and leadership.”
 Terriers drew to penalties in game’s first three minutes but stayed out of the box the rest of the way. 

BU and Providence meet again tonight at the newly refurbished Schneider Arena. Game time is 8 p.m. 

● Go recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Lane/O’Regan
● Boston Hockey Blog recap, Pluses/Minuses, Getting The Message
● Daily Free Press slideshow
● USCHO recap
● Providence Journal recap
● Boston Globe recap
● SB Nation recap

Looking back
Wade Megan scored twice—his 3rd and 4th goals of the season—and added an assist for ECHL Cincinnati as the Cyclones shut out Evansville, 7-0.

John Curry stopped 34 shots and another 4 of 5 in a shootout as Orlando edged Florida, 3-2.

Women’s team
Terriers’ captain Louise Warren broke a 1-1 tie with five-and-a-half minutes left in regulation and added an empty-netter as BU beat New Hampshire, 3-1 in Durham. With the win BU moved to 2-0 in Hockey East and 5-1-1 overall. 

After the Wildcats opened the scoring in the first period, sophomore Sarah Lefort’s fifth goal of the season brought BU event midway through the second period. Warren’s game-winner was assisted by freshmen Maddie Elia and Sarah Steele. Senior goalie Kerrin Sperry finished with 22 saves to lower her GAA to 1.62. BU returns home tonight to take on Vermont.
● Go recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Post-game comments: Durocher

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