Sunday, January 04, 2015

Physical battle ends in 3-3 OT tie--UPDATED

In a game where the shots and the hits just kept on coming, #1 Terriers and defending NCAA champion Union College played to a 3-3 tie. The game marked the 10-year anniversary of the first game played at Agganis Arena, and former captain Brad Zancanaro, who had scored the first-ever goal at Harry Agganis Arena, dropped a ceremonial first puck.

BU took an early lead when freshman AJ Greer converted the rebound of a hard slapper from Captain Matt Grzelcyk. But the visitors scored twice within two-and-a-half minutes, first on Spencer Foo’s shot from the slot and then a shorthander by Daniel Ciampini, who had tied up freshman Brandon Fortunato at the blueline and despite Fortunato’s back-checking pushed the puck under BU netminder junior Matt O’Connor.

Terriers tied the score five minutes later when freshman Nik Olsson's shot from the point deflected off a defender's stick into the net, with senior Cason Hohmann and freshman Brien Diffley asssisting.

Neither team scored in the middle period, despite good opportunities. Junior Danny O’Regan came closest, with slick stickhandling freeing him for a hard wrister that rang off the crossbar.

The pace picked up even more in the final period and Union took the lead on a power play, with Mike Vecchione rapping the puck into the open side after a clearing attempt hit a Dutchman forward.

After failing to score on six power plays, BU got the equalizer on its seventh man-advantage. With Ahti Oksanen driving to the net, O’Regan’s cross-ice pass was on the tape of Rodrigues, sneaking in from the right point, and the senior forward buried it for his sixth of the season with 4:16 left in regulation.

► Grzelcyk, with two assists earned first-star honors, while Rodrigues was awarded the third star.

► Freshman Jack Eichel, who had returned from the World Junior Championship, was given the night off. Coach David Quinn explained: “There was no debate, there was no discussion and I know he wanted to play — he tried to convince me a few more times — but that was falling on a deaf ear.”

Terriers outshot the Dutchmen, 36-32, and out-attempted them by a wide margin. BU also had a 32-25 edge in face-off wins, although it lost several draws while on power plays.
● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Olsson
● Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
● Daily Free Press recap
● USCHO recap

Terrier  Fan Takeaway  Today’s entry from buoldtimer

1. This was a spirited, evenly played game with a strong physical component. From a spectator's view, it was very entertaining.

2. Each team pierced the other's defense for stretches of time. This wasn't the best of games for BU's defense corps.

3. Union played an aggressive style on PK. Fortunato seemed startled when he was challenged at the point on BU's first PP, and lost the puck resulting in Union's second goal.

4. From the perspective of a BU fan, it was heartening to see the top 3 lines spend sustained stretches of play in the offensive zone. The Lane-Roberto-Greer line had a strong game. In particular, Lane seemed to accomplish something on each shift.

5. Rob Baillargeon was more "visible" than he was prior to his absence.

6. It's easy to praise a guy who scores a goal and an assist, but Mike Vecchione is a terrific player.
7. Union goalie, Alex Sakellaropoulos, had a bad case of the "fumbles" throughout the game. 

Looking ahead

● 2016 recruit Clayton Keller assisted on two goals in the NTDP U17s’ 4-3 overtime win against Green Bay. Keller now has 27 helpers and a team-leading 47 points in 29 games.

Looking back
Colin Wilson tallied his 11th goal and his 11th assist as Nashville outscored the Kings, 7-6 in overtime. The former BU All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist earned first-star honors and now has four goals and three assists in his past five games.
● Recap and video
Former Terrier captain and All-American Kevin Shattenkirk scored his seventh goal and added two assists in the Blues’ 7-2 rout of San Jose. Shattenkirk, who earned second-star honors, leads all NHL defensemen with 28 assists and leads the league in power play points with 22.
●  Recap and video

Women’s Tean
Westport News feature on junior forward Rebecca Russo

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