Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Harvard turns back Terriers in overtime, 3-2

Despite producing what Coach David Quinn called “the best game we’ve played start to finish in a while,” #1 Terriers saw their five-game unbeaten streak end with Harvard claiming a 3-2 overtime win at Agganis Arena. It was the 150th meeting between the schools.

After a scoreless first period with BU outshooting the visitors 13-5, BU broke the ice on the power play when Matt Lane (photo) swept home a loose puck after a Cason Hohmann scoring chance. J.J. Piccinich’s assist was his first BU career point. Harvard answered quickly with the equalizer off a face off to Matt O’Connor’s right and then a power play goal with less than two minutes left in the second period. Following a familiar script, Terriers dominated the third period and leveled the score at two apiece on a wrist shot by Ahti Oksanen, who now has 8 goals. But BU was unable to produce the game-winner.

In overtime, after O’Connor stoned Jimmy Vesey on a breakaway followed by a flurry of BU shots, Harvard captain Kyle Criscuolo jammed home the rebound of his own shot with 1:50 left in the extra session.

BU held the potent Harvard offense to 24 shots while generating 42 shots of their own. Three Terriers— Lane, Oksanen and Brandon Hickey— each had seven shots on goal.

Lane earned third-star honors, while Crimson goalie Steve Michalek, who fended off 40 BU shots, was second star and Criscuolo, with two goals, was first star.

After the game, Quinn noted:

“I know there’s a heap of things that we need to do better. We’ll address them and we’ll continue to get better, but like I said, I thought tonight’s game — we were better tonight than we have been in a while. … If we play like that, we will get rewarded. We will get rewarded.”

Terrier Take-Away: Today’s entry from blog contributor cdral 
-The Terriers held their own in battles along the boards and corners. Goals are hard to come by and BU can ill afford to head into the final period trailing and expect to turn it on in the third period to win. 
-The team needs to take away sight lines in front of the opposition's goalie, develop a net-front presence in order to create more second-chance opportunities in tight.
-At the defensive end, BU can do a better job of clearing the area around the net. At times, BU made it difficult for Harvard to transition, effectively bottling them up.
-The power play units moved the puck well and converted 1 of 2 chances, generating 7 shots.
-Face-offs remain problematic although the delta was reduced tonight.

Freshman Jack Eichel's point-scoring streak ended at 10. His OREO linemates each had a point: Oksanen with a goal, assisted by Danny O'Regan. With the loss, BU's record is now 8-2-1. recap and comprehensive box score
Video highlights
Post-game comments: David Quinn
Daily Free Press recap
Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
USCHO recap
College Hockey News recap

Among the ex-Terriers in attendance:Tom O'Regan, Bill Pierce, Mike Eruzione, Travis Roy, Dan Ronan, Kenny Roche, Brad Zancanaro, David Van Der Gulik, Brian Collins, Kevin Schaeffer, Marc Hetnik, Freddy Meyer, Chris Dyment, Dick DeCaprio, John Cronin, Mike Dimella, Pat Aufiero, Jack Parker, Brian Durocher, Mark Mullen, Peter Fish, Shawn McEachern and Jay Pandolfo.  

Looking back
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Colin Wilson (photo) assisted on two Nashville goals, earning second-star honors  in the Predators’ 4-3 shootout win against the Kings.

Nick Bonino assisted on the game-winner as Vancouver blanked the Devils, 2-0.
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