Saturday, November 22, 2014

Another BU comeback win; Eichel OT goal gives Terriers 3-2 victory

Freshman Jack Eichel capped another  Terrier comeback against Maine with an end-to-end rush and a blistering wrister from the top of the left circle past goalie Sean Romeo as BU came away with a 3-2 overtime win. Eichel’s team-best seventh goal of the season came on a power-play at the 2:40 mark of the extra session. With the game-winner and an earlier assist, the right-shot center from Chelmsford became the first Terrier to begin a season with points in the first nine games since Frantisek “Ferro” Skladany during the 2001-02 season.

The victory improves the Terriers' overall record to 7-1-1 and its conference mark to 5-1-1, good for second place in Hockey East, a point behind UMass-Lowell.

Maine began the game much as it did a week ago with a strong forecheck that produced an early lead when Ben Hutton corralled a rebound and shot it through Matt Grzelcyk’s legs and past Matt O’Connor. BU dominated the remainder of the period, recording the last 12 shots including a Danny O’Regan one-timer that rang off the post, but couldn’t net the equalizer.

Terriers began the second period on a power play, but it was Maine that took advantage when Devin Shore wrested the puck from Evan Rodrigues along the boards then deked O’Connor for a backhanded score. With 10 shots on three power plays during the middle stanza, Maine outshot BU 14-9, but did no further damage.

BU finally got on the board early in the third when an Eichel and O’Regan give-and-go rush set up Ahti Oksanen in the high slot for the junior defenseman-turned-forward’s fifth goal of the season. Midway through the period, AJ Greer circled the Maine net and passed in front to Nick Roberto who backhanded the puck to Matt Lane at the right corner of the net, and the junior center jammed home the tying goal. BU pressed for a winner, outshooting Maine 11-6 in the period, but without success—setting the stage for Eichel’s highlight-reel game-winner.

BU's three goals, beginning with the overtime goal

O’Connor, who received an assist on Eichel’s goal, stopped 26 shots to gain his sixth win against one loss. 

The overtime win was BU’s first since February 16th, 2013, when Matt Nieto finished off a two-on-none to give BU a 5-4 road victory at Maine - with only 3.8 seconds left in the extra session.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Photo gallery
● Post-game comments (video): Coach David Quinn, Eichel and Oksanen
● Daily Free Press recap and Eichel feature
●  Boston Hockey Blog Pluses & Minuses
● USCHO recap
SB Nation recap

Prior to his overtime heroics, Eichel was featured on NESN’s Friday’s Finest 

Terriers are improving on face-offs and held the edge in draws, 28 to 22.

Terrier Take-Away: Today’s entry from blog reader buoldtimer

1. As has been their custom, it took BU much of the first period to find its stride. Maine trapped them in their own end for long stretches of time. Stating the obvious, this habit could be their undoing against a more potent team.

2. The Eichel line provided BU with its only sustained offensive zone presence for most of the first two periods. When Baillargeon and Olsson return, it's critical to find a second line that can be a threat to score on most shifts.

3. One man's opinion:  At the moment, Brien Diffley is BU's best all-around defenseman. His development during the past 6 weeks has been impressive to say the least.

4. The resilience and perseverance of this team is admirable

Among the former Terriers in attendance last night: Jack Parker, Don Cahoon, Mike Eruzione, Bob Crocker, Tom O'Regan John Danby, Rich Green, Kevin O'Sullivan, Mike O'Connell, Blaine Maus, Dave Delorey, Dave Warsofsky, Peter Marshall and Chris Mays.
Terrier Trivia (as presented on this week's Inside BU Hockey)
Q-Seven current Terriers have been drafted by NHL teams; eight counting medical red-shirt Sean Maguire and two freshman are certain to be selected next June. Who was the first Terrier to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft and the first to play in the NHL?

A-The answer is Bob Gryp, a power forward on BU’s 1971 and 1972 national championship teams who was drafted in 1970 by Toronto in the 4th round. After college, however, Gryp signed with the Bruins’ AHL affiliate, enjoying two high-scoring seasons, before moving to the Washington organization. In two seasons with the Caps beginning in 1974, he scored 11 goals and 13 assists.

Looking ahead
There was overtime magic in Youngstown, too, where 2015 recruit Max Letunov scored the game-winner just 18 seconds into the extra session for a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Bloomington. Letunov, who also assisted on the Phantoms’ tying goal late in the third period, leads his team in scoring with an 8-11-19 scoring line. 2016 recruit Vas Kolias picked up his fifth assist of the season for Youngstown.

2015 recruit Robert Carpenter scored a power play goal and assisted on another as Sioux City defeated Dubuque, 5-2. The right-shot center from North Reading has an 8-8-16 scoring line in 17 games.

Women’s Team
#7 BU and #6 Harvard played to a 1-1 overtime tie in a non-conference game at Walter Brown Arena.  The Crimson drew first blood in the opening period on a power play goal by Miye D’Oench. BU countered midway through the second when Samantha Sutherland (photo) scored her first goal of the season on a power play, with assists from Victoria Bach and Sarah Lefort (who leads the team in points and goals). Victoria Hanson stopped 16 Harvard shots and with the tie, her record is 5-1-1.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Photo gallery
● Video highlights

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