Monday, December 01, 2014

Terriers fall to Dartmouth, 2-0

Dartmouth used a dominating second period to produce all the scoring it would need for a 2-0 victory over the visiting Terriers in a Sunday matinee at Thompson Arena.

After an even first period, the Big Green outshot BU 21-5 in the middle stanza, with junior Brad Schierhorn scoring twice. At the 10:17 mark, he converted the rebound of a deflected shot from the point. The second goal came five minutes later when the rebound of a Tyler Sikura shot wasn’t cleared and Schierhorn backhanded it home.

Terriers peppered Dartmouth goalie James Kruger with 13 shots in the final 20 minutes, including several grade A chances, but the third-period magic BU has produced all season eluded them this time.

Discussing the high-scoring OREO line being held scoreless, Head Coach David Quinn pointed out, “It wasn’t that we didn’t get chances. We just didn’t bury them.”

He added:

“Second period was just a complete mismatch. Give them a lot of credit. They’ve got some good players, big, strong kids, older kids that we just weren’t able to match.”

Freshman netminder Connor LaCouvee (photo) stopped 34 shots, including 19 in a shooting-gallery second, and absorbed his first defeat. Quinn pointed out:

“I thought he played very well. I thought he was sharp, just a couple of blown coverages, puck watching. But he was very good, very good.”

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Post-game comments: David Quinn 
● Daily Free Press recap
● Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy assisted on a pair of goals in the NTDP U18s’ 5-2 win against Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The right-shot defenseman from Long Beach, N.Y., has a 2-8-10 line in 22 games.

2015 recruit Jakob-Forsbacka-Karlsson assisted on a pair of Omaha power play goals, but the Lancers lost to Des Moines in a shootout, 5-4.  The 6-1 center from Stockholm had four goals and five assists in three games this past week and now has 19 points in 18 games.

Terrier Trivia
Blog reader Doug Chapman caught an error in the Terrier Trivia answer which identified Bob Gryp as the first BU player to be drafted by an NHL team and to play in the NHL. That’s only half right. Gryp, a power forward on BU’s 1971 and 1972 national championship teams, was the first drafted.

However, the first to appear in a game was goalie John Aiken, who who played one game for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1957-58 season. Most NHL teams only carried one goalie in those days. Aiken, from Arlington, was the Boston Bruins practice goaltender. He was loaned to Montreal on March 13, 1958 after Jacques Plante was injured in the second period. Aiken came out of the crowd and made 12 saves and surrendered six goals in a 7-3 Bruins victory.

A few years ago, SB Nation presented the story of Aiken’s only game in the NHL.

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