Sunday, December 06, 2015

Terriers rally past Vermont, 5-3

Terriers gained a split in the weekend series with Vermont by scoring three times in the third period for a 5-3 win.  BU, which had begun the final 20 minutes down a goal, received scores from Matt Lane, Brandon Hickey and Brandon Fortunato, the last on an open net goal.

Vermont jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Conor O’Neil and then—after a d-zone turnover—Brendan Bradley. BU got on the board when Ahti Oksanen rapped home the rebound of Lane’s shot, with Jordan Greenway also assisting. Just 32 seconds into the middle period, Danny O’Regan converted a Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson centering pass from behind the Vermont cage.

The Catamounts regained the lead midway through the third when another d-zone turnover enabled Anthony Petruzelli to beat Connor LaCouvee in tight. But Lane scored his second of the weekend to knot the score at 3-3. Just as on Friday night, the assistant captain was set up by Greenway. With less than three minutes remaining, a major penalty to Vermont's Brady Shaw put BU on the power play and it took just 14 seconds for Hickey to wrist home a shot from the right faceoff circle to give the Terriers their first lead. Fortunato flipped a backhander into the empty Vermont net just ahead of the buzzer to produce the 5-3 final score.

Coach David Quinn:

“I liked our game from start to finish for the most part. … Even when we got down 2-0, I thought we were playing pretty well. At the end of the day, we persevered and rebounded from a dismal effort last night.”

Terriers dominated face offs, winning 36 of 58. Forsbacka Karlsson won 14 of 19 while Bobo Carpenter, who was a perfect six of six and has thrived since his move to center, improved his season’s percentage to .679.

LaCouvee, in another strong performance, turned aside 24 Catamount shots, while BU registered a season-high 51 shots.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Lane
● Daily Free Press recap; analysis
● Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
● USCHO recap
● College Hockey News recap
SB Nation recap

►Hickey's heroics will be his last efforts for the Terriers this semester as the sophomore defenseman will leave for the Canadian Junior National Team selection camp in Etobicoke, Ontario, which begins on Thursday. The Calgary Flames draft pick is one of two NCAA players invited to the camp.
Calgary Sun report on Hickey

Looking ahead
2016 recruits Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows combined for 11 points to lead the NTDP U18s past Sioux City, 7-4. Bellows’ goal late in the second period—assisted by Keller—broke a 3-3 tie. The power forward from Edina, Minnesota, who also recorded four assists, now has an even 20 goals for the season. Keller, who had a hand in six Team USA goals, scoring an empty-netter and assisting on five goals, hit the half-century mark with 50 points in 25 games. Fellow recruit Jake Oettinger turned aside 35 shots to gain his 12th win in 15 decisions.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2016 recruit Vas Kolias scored with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to give Youngstown a 3-2 victory over Des Moines.
● recap
● USHL box score

Looking back
Matt O’Connor stopped 27 of 28 shots in AHL Binghamton’s 4-1 win against St. John.

Chris Bourque’s goal in the final minute of regulation gave AHL Hershey a 2-1 win over Lehigh Valley.

Women’s Team
Terriers skated to a 4-4 overtime tie with Connecticut in Storrs. BU held a 4-1 lead after two periods, led by two goals from Rebecca Russo and one each by Victoria Bach and Samantha Sutherland. However, the Huskies rallied in the third period to score three times. The teams meet again today at Walter Brown Arena with a 3 p.m. puck drop. Fans are invited to join the team for a post-game skate. 

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