Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Terriers dominate Bentley; Maguire posts shutout--UPDATED

#11/12 Terriers put together a strong, 60-minute effort Tuesday night, blanking Bentley University, 3-0, at Agganis Arena.  Senior Sean Maguire stopped all 15 Falcon shots, including a remarkable third-period save, using both stick and glove on a shot that threatened to break up what would become his fifth career shutout.

BU skated fast and applied a stifling forecheck that limited Bentley to three shots in the first period and again in the second. The Terriers, who put 47 shots on the visitors’ net, scored on goals by senior assistant captain Danny O’Regan, junior Doyle Somerby and freshman Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson.

BU took an early first-period lead when Ahti Oksanen received the puck from Brandon Hickey in the defensive zone and elevated a pass to a streaking O’Regan behind the Falcons' defense. The senior wing went forehand-backhand to beat goalie Gabe Antoni.  BU nearly doubled the lead in the final minute of the opening period when freshman Bobo Carpenter’s shot went off the post. The Terriers had three power play chances in the middle period and the third proved to be the charm. Somerby’s blast from the right point sailed past Antoni who was screened by freshman Jordan Greenway.

Early in the third period, BU added to the lead when O’Regan took a Somerby pass into the offensive zone. He drew two defenders to himself and then backhanded a pass onto the stick of Forsbacka Karlsson, who wired a wrist shot over Antoni’s glove. Then, consecutive penalties to Hickey and Greenway gave the Falcons some hope with a 5-on-3 power play. But theTerriers killed 1:37 of two-man advantage and the remaining 23 seconds of one-man advantage without allowing a shot on goal. 

BU regained the momentum and fired another 14 shots on goal, but failed to record a fourth goal.

Regarding BU’s quick turnaround from Saturday’s lackluster performance, Somerby said:

“We know we have to play 60 minutes and that’s how we’re going to be successful down the road, so we wanted to start tonight.”

► Carpenter, who moved to center on the third line, won 12 of 15 faceoffs and provided a strong forecheck along with linemates Robbie Baillargeon and AJ Greer. The trio generated numerous scoring chances. 

Fourth line center Mike Moran also had a strong performance with a team high six shots.

►After moving up to forward in last Saturday’s Michigan game, Brien Diffley was back on the blueline, filling in for captain Matt Grzelcyk who had injured his left knee. Discussing his captain’s status for Red Hot Hockey, Coach David Quinn noted that “The chances are great he'll play on Saturday."

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Somerby
● Daily Free Press recap and Photo Gallery 
● Boston Hockey Blog Pluses & Minuses
● SB Nation recap; Somerby showcase improved offensive play
USCHO recap's Al Daniels looks at the top 30 NHL prospects in college hockey, including O'Regan, Forsbacka Karlsson and John MacLeod.

Looking back reports that first-year Devils coach John Hynes is an early favorite for the Jack Adams “Coach of the Year” Award. A member of BU’s 1995 national championship team, Hynes is the fourth Terrier to be an NHL head coach, joining Steve Stirling (Islanders), Mike Sullivan (Bruins) and Joe Sacco (Avalanche).

Looking ahead
Only three members of the NTDP U18s received “A” rankings in the new NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list: BU 2016 recruits Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows and Chad Krys. Defenseman Krys (photo) had been given a “B” ranking in September but was upgraded after scoring 15 points in his first 20 games. The Penticton Vees’ high-scoring defenseman Dante Fabbro, also a 2016 recruit, received an “A” ranking as well.
● draft report

2017 recruit David Farrance scored a goal and added an assist for the NTDP U17s who dropped an 8-4 decision to the Detroit Red Wings alumni in a charity game.benefitting the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band. 2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk also had an assist for the U17s.
USA Hockey recap

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