Saturday, October 31, 2015

Terriers drop 4-3 decision to Merrimack

#17 Merrimack scored a pair of second-period goals within 63 seconds to break a tie and hung on to edge #7/8 BU, 4-3, at Lawler Arena.  Goaltending struggles continue for the Terriers as Sean Maguire yielded a goal on the game’s first shot by Brett Seney. Midway through the period, Ben Bahe jammed a shot home to double the lead.

BU got on the board early in the second period when junior Robbie Baillargeon and sophomore Brien Diffley got the puck to sophomore John MacLeod (photo) at the right point for a blast that sailed past the Warriors’ Collin Delia.

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Four minutes later, freshman Ryan Cloonan raced up the right side and head-manned a pass to senior assistant captain Matt Lane whose backhander beat Delia to knot the score at two apiece.

Late in the period, however, with the teams skating four-on-four, Merrimack struck twice in 63 seconds with goals from Hampus Gustafsson and Ethan Spaxman. Quinn replaced Maguire in goal with Connor LaCouvee as BU tried to engineer a second comeback.

Early in the third, the rebound of an Ahti Oksanen shot skittered out to the top of the left circle where sophomore Brandon Hickey one-timed the puck home to cut the lead to one.  The Terriers pressed throughout the period, out-shooting their hosts, 14-8, but couldn’t produce an equalizer.

After the game, Coach David Quinn said:

“Obviously you want to win hockey games, but there’s so much to like in what we did tonight. One minute of the game cost us. They got two four-on-four goals [even though] we should be pretty good four-on-four.”

“We’re finding ways to lose right now. The good news is it’s October.”

Just as in Tuesday’s loss to UConn, BU outshot its opponent, 37-26.

● recap and comprehensive box score.
● Video highlights; BU Goals: MacLeod, Lane, Hickey
● Post-game comments: Quinn
● Daily Free Press recap and analysis
 Boston Hockey Blog Pluses & Minuses
● HockeyEastOnline recap
● USCHO recap

Looking ahead
2017 recruit David Farrance scored a power play goal and added a primary assist on the game-winner for Team USA, which defeated Canada Red in an exhibition game for the World U17 Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. 2018 recruit Logan Cockerill also assisted on the game-winner.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows’ shoot-out goal was the game-winner in the NTDP U18s’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Steel. Bellows had a goal waived off in the final minute of regulation when the goalie dislodged the net.
● USA Hockey recap

Looking back
Jack Eichel scored his fourth goal of the season, earning second-star honors, as Buffalo defeated Philadelphia, 4-1

Women’s Team
#14 Terriers travel to New Hampshire on Sunday for a 2p.m. match-up with the Wildcats.
●Daily Free Press preview

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