Sunday, January 12, 2014

Maine rains on BU's visit to Fenway

Terriers’ second Frozen Fenway appearance produced disappointing results as BU dropped a 7-3 decision to Maine in a rain-soaked contest that was interrupted for 68 minutes by thunder and lightning.

BU dug itself a 5-0 hole as the Black Bears scored four first period goals on just seven shots, including three power play markers and two goals in the space of 48 seconds—at which point starting goalie Matt O’Connor was pulled in favor Sean Maguire.

Despite a more even second period, Maine added to the lead with Ryan Lomberg’s second goal of the game. BU finally got untrack in the third period when co-captain Garrett Noonan’s one-timer—assisted by freshmen Dalton MacAfee and Robbie Baillargeon—found the back of the net. Then Nick Roberto deflected home an Ahti Oksanen blast for his fifth goal of the season. A minute and a half later, Cason Hohmann (photo) narrowed the margin to 5-3.  Terriers pressed to complete the comeback and pulled Maguire with just under three minutes left, but Maine added a pair of empty netters for the final margin.

Addressing the team’s penalty-kill problems, Coach David Quinn said:

“Our penalty kill has been pretty good all year. Right now we’re in a situation where it’s one thing after another. It’s a different problem every game right now, and that’s something we’re going to have to correct. Penalties have crept into our game. Early in the season they were a huge problem for us. I thought we had corrected it as the season went on.”

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights and photo gallery
● Post-game comments: Quinn and Hohmann
● Boston Hockey Blog recap and analysis
● USCHO recap
● recap

Looking ahead
On Thursday, 2014 recruit Shane Starrett stopped 39 of 40 shots as the Portland Jr. Pirates edged the Islanders Hockey Club, 2-1, in overtime, in USPHL Premier League action.

2014 recruit Jack Eichel, playing his first game with the NTDP U18s since returning from the World Junior Championships, scored his 20th goal of the season in 23 games as Team USA beat the NJ Hitmen, 3-2, in Marlborough, Mass. Eichel now has 40 points in U18 games--plus five points 1G,4A) at the WJCs.
● USA Junior Hockey Magazine recap and  interview with Eichel.

2014 recruit J.J. Piccinich scored a goal and added two assists as Youngstown doubled up the NTDP U17s, 6-3. The right wing from Paramus, N.J., has a 19-14-33 scoring line in 31 games and a USHL best ten power play goals.

Looking back
With an assist in the Ducks’ 5-3 win against Phoenix, Nick Bonino has eight points (3G, 5A) in his past six games.

Sahir Gill is tied for second among ECHL rookies with 18 assist. Gill, who plays for Wheeling,   coached by former Terrier and U.S. Olympian Clark Donatelli, scored his eight goal of the season in the Nailer’s 5-3 loss to Toledo. Max Nicastro registered an assist for Toledo.

Former BU All-American and Hockey East Player of the Year John Curry was recalled to AHL Iowa and discussed (video) his hopes to stay at the AHL level moving forward.

Matt Gilroy assisted on two power play goals for San Antonio, but the Rampage was edged by Abbottsford, 3-2 in overtime.

Corey Trivino, signed by AHL Portland to a PTO contract, tallied an assist for the Pirates in their 2-0 shutout of Bridgeport.

Women’s Team
Terriers returned to the win column with a 5-3 victory over Maine in Orono, giving BU a sweep of the season’s series. Senior captain Louise Warren scored twice and sophomore Sarah Lefort tallied her nation’s best sixth game winner (she’s also tied for the D1 lead with 17 scores), while Maddie Elia added a goal and two assists. The teams were tied at 3 apiece after two following a Taylor Holze goal and Maine’s equalizer. Early in the third, Lefort deflected home a pass from Sarah Bayersdorfer to break the tie. Warren’s 14th goal created the final two-goal margin.

● recap an comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Warren
Lefort, who leads Division 1 in goals, is a leading candidate for the Patty Kazmaier Award (women’s hockey’s version of the Hobey Baker Award) and talked with USA about how an older brother helped her develop as a player.

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