Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wolverines double up BU; Women complete sweep of Merrimack

In the second meeting of a weekend series, Michigan stifled the Terriers, limiting them to a season-low 20 shots, en route to a 4-2 victory, splitting the series. BU started quickly but the visitors cashed in a power play opportunity on Cooper Marody’s deflection. Shortly after Ahti Oksanen rang a shot off iron, Michigan doubled the lead four minutes later when Brendan Warren scored on a breakaway.  The Wolverines added a second man-advantage goal on Alex Kiles’ rebound score, giving them a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period.

BU got on the board in the second period when Oksanen sent Matt Lane in alone on a breakaway late in the second period. In the third period, BU finally went on the attack but a Max Shuart goal stretched the lead to 4-1. Oksanen rifled home his seventh goal of the year in the final seconds, assisted by Danny O’Regan and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, to close out the scoring. Connor LaCouvee, who brilliantly kept BU in the game during the second period, finished with 34 saves.

Captain Matt Grzelcyk was injured in the third period. Coach David Quinn reported the injury was to his left knee, not the surgically-repaired right knee, and that he hoped the senior All-American would be able to play Tuesday against Bentley.

“I told them after the game that I feel a big responsibility for what happened this weekend,” said Quinn. “When you’re that lethargic and not energetic to play Michigan in your building for two straight games, as a coach, you have to look in the mirror, and I’m looking long and hard.”

● Go recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn and Lane
● Video highlights; BU Goals: Lane, Oksanen
● Daily Free Press recap
● USCHO recap

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller scored Team USA’s go-ahead goal midway through the third period in the U18s’ 5-2 win against Des Moines. It was Keller’s 14 goal of the season and his 4th game-winner in 20 games. Linemate Kieffer Bellows assisted on the U18s’ second goal and later added an empty-netter—his 17th goal of the season—while fellow 2016 recruit Jake Oettinger stopped 28 shots to earn his ninth win of the season.

Des Moines Bucs recap
● box score

One day after Penticton's 23-game win streak was snapped, 2016 recruit Dante Fabbro led the Vees to an 8-2 win against Coquitlam, scoring a pair of first-period goals and adding an assist. The 6'1" right-shot defenseman has a 7-24-31 scoring line in 20 games.
BCHL box score

2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk scored his second goal in two nights and added an assist but it wasn’t enough as the NTDP U17s lost to Fargo, 4-2.

2019 recruit Joel Farabee’s power play goal was the game-winner for Selects Academy 16U in a 5-2 victory over the Skipjacks Hockey Club. For the 5' 10" forward from Cicero, New York, it was his fifth goal in six USPHL 16U games.

Looking back
Kevin Shattenkirk's second assist of the game helped the Blues tie Detroit late in the third period, but the Red Wings won in overtime, 4-3.
● Recap and video

Women’s Team
Terriers rode four first-period goals to a 4-2 win over Merrimack at Walter Brown Arena. The victory completed a weekend sweep for BU in its first-ever meetings with the Warriors. Senior Rebecca Russo got BU on the board just 12 seconds into the game, with her seventh goal of the season. Six minutes later, Samantha Sutherland potted her third, followed soon after by Alexis Crossley’s first as a Terrier on a power play. 

Captain Kayla Tutino’s goal late in the period put BU up, 4-0. Merrimack got one back in the final second of the first period and added another goal early in the third period. Erin O’Neil had 13 saves as BU improved to 10-6-0.
● Go recap and comprehensive box score.
Post-game comments: Coach Brian Durocher

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