Saturday, November 01, 2014

Terriers top Friars, extend to 4-0 record

In their most complete effort of the season, BU dominated Providence in all aspects and came away with a 4-1 win. The shot differential, 41-18, was truly indicative of the performance. The victory gave the Terriers their first 4-0 start in 13 seasons (2001-02).

However, the Friars drew first blood when Steven McParland fired from the top of the right circle and beat Matt O’Connor at the 7:37 mark of the first period. BU gained the equalizer four minutes later when freshman Johnathan MacLeod wristed home a 40-footer for his first collegiate goal, assisted by Cason Hohmann and Evan Rodrigues.

Terriers dominated territorially and in grade A scoring chances in the middle period. Ahti Oksanen tapped in the rebound of a Jack Eichel shot for a power play goal with Rodrigues tallying his second assist. The senior wing then picked up a goal of his own going to the net to control the rebound of a Robbie Baillargeon blast and then flicking the puck past Jon Gillies high to the glove side.

Early in the third period with Providence having a man advantage, penalty killer Danny O’Regan chased down a puck in the Friars’ zone and found a trailing Eichel, who skated in and beat Gillies for his fourth goal of the season and first short-hander. BU held its hosts to three shots in the final period.

Three stars: 1. Evan Rodrigues 2. Jack Eichel 3. Cason Hohmann.

Three areas that Coach David Quinn stressed in the past week’s practices— power plays, penalty killing and face-offs—all showed marked improvement. Oksanen’s second-period goal gave BU its first power play score on its only opportunity of the game.  The Friars had 7:21 of power play time, including 39 seconds of a two-man advantage; BU limited them to two shots, while converting a short-hander.  After two games with less than 40% wins on draws, the Terriers were nearly even, controlling 26 of 53 face-offs.

In the second half of the home-and-home, BU hosts the Friars tonight with puck drop at 7 p.m. GameTracker,  Video Webcast, Radio Webcast

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Daily Free Press recap
● Boston Hockey Blog Second Line Shines, Pluses & Minuses
● HockeyEastOnline recap
Providence Journal recap
SB Nation recap 

More post-game video: Rodrigues, MacLeod

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Hank Crone (photo) scored his first USHL goal in Omaha’s 3-0 win over Sioux City. 2015 recruit Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson assisted on Crone’s power-play tally as well as on the Lancers’ first goal.

2016 recruit Clayton Keller (photo) scored his team-leading eighth goal and added two assists in the NTDP U17s 6-0 blanking of Canada White in an exhibition game for the World U17 Challenge that begins on Sunday.
Team USA page
● Players to watch

Check out the new addition to our list of links in the sidebar. Elite Prospects Draft Center lists the top prospects for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 NHL drafts, including numerous current and future Terriers.

Looking back
Former Terrier Brandon Yip scored twice, including the overtime game-winner, as Norfolk edged Wilkes Barre/Scranton, 3-2.

Former Terriers Sean Escobedo and Vinny Saponari are rostered with the ECHL Greenville Road Warriors.

Terrier Trivia (as heard on Inside BU Hockey and during Friday night’s BU-PC game)
Q—When was the last sweep in the BU-PC regular-season series?
A—In 2010-11, BU won all three games against the Friars, each by a one-goal margin . An early season 2-1 win. Then after the Beanpot, the Terriers won by 2-1 and 1-0 scores, with senior captain Joe Pereira getting the lone goal in the last game. Kieran Millan outdueled Providence’s Alex Beaudry in each of the games. 

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