Sunday, November 08, 2015

LaCouvee backbones Terriers to road win--UPDATED

#10/11 Terriers rode a top-notch performance by sophomore goalie Connor LaCouvee to a 4-1 win against Northeastern at Matthews Arena. The netminder from Qualicom Beach, British Columbia stopped 33 of 34 shots, holding the Huskies at bay until 19:04 of the third period, when a defensive breakdown led to a shorthanded goal that broke the shutout.

LaCouvee barely saw the puck in the first period as BU outshot its hosts, 18-2, while taking a 1-0 lead on Captain Matt Grzelcyk’s power play goal set up by Danny O’Regan and Brandon Fortunato. NU’s Ryan Ruck made 17 saves to keep his team in the game.

About eight minutes into the second period, momentum changed when a series of turnovers helped the Huskies keep the Terriers bottled up for several minutes. But it was BU that found the net as junior Doyle Somerby (photo) carried the puck up the right side and wristed home a shot that glanced off the goalie’s pad.

In the final period, the Terriers killed a penalty; but Northeastern carried the attack for much of the period. For the second consecutive night, LaCouvee turned aside 19 third-period shots to earn a win. With Ruck pulled for an extra skater, Ahti Aksanen hit the empty net while Northeastern drew a penalty. After Adam Gaudette scored a shorthander, O’Regan fired home another empty-netter off a Charlie McAvoy feed to close the scoring.

Oksanen’s goal was his fourth in three games and the 40th of his BU career.  

Beginning in Friday's game after the fourth NU goal, LaCouvee's shutout streak lasted 83:09.

Terrier blueliners produced five goals in the two games: Grzelcyk scored in both games. Fortunato and Brandon Hickey lit the lamp on Friday, as did Somerby on Saturday. recap and comprehensive box score
Video highlights   BU Goals: Grzelcyk, Somerby, Oksanen, O'Regan
Post-game comments: David Quinn  
Daily Free Press: game recap, LaCouvee comes through and photo gallery
Boston Hockey Blog Pluses & Minuses   
HockeyEastOnline recap
USCHO recap
SB Nation recap

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller (photo) scored a pair goals—one shorthanded—to lead Team USA to a 5-2 win against Finland in the U18 Five Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland. Both goals were assisted by fellow recruit Chad Krys.  Kieffer Bellows added an assist, while BU’s fourth recruit on the U18s, Jake Oettinger, earned the win in goal, stopping 12 shots. With a 3-0 record, Team USA completes round-robin play against Switzerland on Sunday. Keller leads the U18s with 25 points, Bellows is second with 19 and Krys is fourth with 11.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2016 recruit Dante Fabbro returned to the Penticton lineup after missing several games due to an injury and assisted on Penticton's first goal and the overtime game-winner as the Vees edged Nanaimo, 3-2. The leading scorer among BCHL defensemen, Fabbro has a 5-19-24 line in 14 games.

Looking back

Jack Eichel assisted on Buffalo’s first two goals—his first assists as a pro—in the Sabres’ 3-2 win against Vancouver. The former BU All-American and Hobey Baker Award winner has seven points in his first 14 games.

Alex Chiasson scored his second goal of the season in Ottawa’s 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina.

Nick Bonino scored a power play goal for the Penguins in Pittsburgh's 5-2 loss to Calgary. 
●  Recap and video highlights 

Former BU captain and All-American Kevin Shattenkirk returned to the Blues line-up after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury and logged 19 minutes of ice time as the Blues beat Nashville, 4-0.

Former Terrier captain and Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy assisted on a goal in Team USA’s 5-4 overtime win against Switzerland at the Deutschland Cup in Augsberg, Germany. Team USA is 2-0 and with a win over Germany on Sunday will clinch the tournament title.

Women's Team

Terriers fell to #2 Boston College, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena on Military Appreciation Day. BU got on the board early when freshman Sammy Davis (photo) scored her eighth goal of the season, assisted by Jordan Juron and Samantha Sutherland. The visitors took the lead with a pair of goals late in the first period. The Eagles scored two more in the second and then four times in the third, including a hat trick by Makenna Newkirk.

● recap and comprehensive box score

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