Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cats Trip Terriers, 6-2

Terriers dropped a 6-2 decision to Vermont in the second game of the weekend series at Agganis Arena, giving the teams a split.  After the visitors scored two even-strength goals in the first period, Danny O’Regan’s unassisted spin-o-rama goal cut the margin to one. But a shorthanded goal by UVM’s Chris McCarthy restored the two-goal lead.

A Brady Shaw goal early in the third extended the lead to 4-1 before Kevin Duane (photo) scored his fifth of the season to make it 4-2.Two more Catamount goals late in the period produced the 6-2 final. Senior Anthony Moccia relieved a beleagured Sean Maguire in goal for the final 3:46, making his first appearance in a regular-season game. He stopped the only shot he faced.

The only other bright spot for the Terriers was 42-22 advantage on faceoffs with Mike Moran and Dillon Lawrence combining to win 21 of 27 draws.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Boston Hockey Blog recap, Pluses & Minuses,
● USCHO recap

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller (left) scored a hat trick for Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep in its 8-1 rout of Benilde-St. Margaret’s Saturday afternoon. Midway through the contest, OTB’s Gunnar Olson tweeted: “A PP goal late in the 2nd by SSM’s Clayton Keller. He has been the everywhere today. PK, PP, drawing penalties, and 2Gs so far.” The dynamic forward from Swansea, Ill, has 25 goals in 37 games, second best on the Sabres. 2014 BU recruit Chase Phelps (right) also added a goal, his 19th of the season for the Sabres.
● Faribault Daily News recap

2014 BU recruit J.J. Piccinich delivered another power play goal, his USHL-best 12th of the season, but Youngstown was edged, 3-2, by Chicago. Piccinich has been on a tear of late with 12 goals in the past 17 games and now has 21 to go with 16 assists in 36 games.

Fellow 2014 recruit Jack Eichel assisted on two goals as the NTDP U18s thumped Muskegon, 7-0. The right-shot center from North Chelmsford, Mass., has a 22-23-45 line in 28 games.

BU’s newest recruit, defenseman Ori Abramson (photo), assisted on three Jersey goals—two on the power play and one shorthanded—as the Hitmen rubbed out Bay State, 8-3. It was the 6-3, 215 lb. Toronto native’s sixth multi-point game of the season.

2014 recruit Shane Starrett turned aside 37 of 39 South Shore Kings’ shots as the Portland Jr. Pirates fell to the Kings, 3-1, with an empty-netter. But he avoided giving up any goals to younger brother Beau, a South Shore wing and a Cornell commit.

Looking back
Kevin Shattenkirk has certainly made the most of his homecoming visit to New York. The former Terrier captain and All-American, who scored the game-winner for the Blues against the Rangers on Thursday, banged home the deciding score in a shootout win over the Islanders, after adding an assist in regulation.

Former BU blueliner Eric Gryba assisted on two Ottawa goals, but the Senators were doubled up by Carolina, 6-3.

John Curry, Hockey East’s MVP and an All-American in 2006-07, turned aside 25 of 26 shots in the Iowa Wild’s 2-1 OT win against San Antonio. Ryan Whitney assisted on the Rampage’s only score. Curry improved his 2013-14 AHL record to 4-2-1with a 1.81 GAA.

Women’s Team
Senior Kaleigh Fratkin’s second goal in two nights was all the offense BU could produce as the Terriers dropped a 5-1 decision to Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington.
● recap and comprehensive box score

►2014 recruit Erin O’Neil, a goalie from Hopkins High School in Minnesota, was named to the Team USA U18 squad that will play in the World U18s in Budapest in March.

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