Saturday, February 20, 2016

BU settles for 3-3 tie with UNH, despite O'Regan hat trick

 Senior Danny O'Regan recorded his second career hat trick, but a late New Hampshire goal knotted the score at 3-3, forcing BU to settle for a disappointing tie at the Whittemore Center in Durham.

Following a scoreless first period in which BU outshot the Wildcats 12-3, Terriers got on the board just 12 seconds into the second period. O'Regan took a feed from Jordan Greenway and wristed it past Daniel Tirone, with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson also assisting. The senior from Needham struck again at 6:41 on a power play with assists to captain Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie McAvoy. But UNH answered quickly with a goal by Jamie Hill and again on a power play goal by Michael McNicholas.

BU pressed the attack in the third period, firing 15 shots on goal and finally broke the tie at 17:28 with O'Regan's third goal, assisted by Greenway and Forsbacka Karlsson. Just half minute later, the Wildcats took advantage of a Terrier turnover and Maxim Gaudrault scored the equalizer. BU dominated overtime but couldn't put one past Tirone, who made 37 saves and earned first-star honors.

Connor LaCouvee, who  turned aside 19 shots, started in place of Sean Maguire, who reportedly suffered a hand injury. Defenseman Brandon Hickey left the game late in the second period with an apparent leg injury after being slammed into the boards and did not return in the final period. 

● recap and comprehensive box score. 
● Post-game comments: Quinn  
● Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
● Daily Free Press recap; BU relies on top line

Terriers and Wildcats meet again tonight at Agganis Arena in BU's final regular-season home game. BU will recognize its senior class prior to the game, which begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on TerrierTV.

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Jake Wise scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist as Team USA blanked Russia, 3-0, in the semifinal of the Youth Olympic Games in Lilliehammer, Norway. Team USA meets Canada in the final on Sunday.
● USA Hockey recap

2019 recruit Joel Farabee broke a 2-2 tie with his 19th goal as Selects Academy defeated the Connecticut Jr. Rangers 16Us, 3-2. Farabee has a team-best 49 points in 27 games for the first-place Selects.

Looking back
Jack Eichel assisted on a pair of goals in Buffalo’s 4-1 win against Columbus. Eichel has 27 points in his last 27 games.

Women’s Team
Behind Erin O’Neil’s 48-save performance and Victoria Bach’s 20th goal of the season, Terriers edged Northeastern, 3-2, on Senior Night. With the victory, BU pulls to within two points of the second-place Huskies and can catch them with a win on Saturday.

BU took a 2-1 lead into the third period on goals by Dakota Woodworth and Jordan Juron.  Bach extended the lead, converting a pass from captain Kayla Tutino. Northeastern fired 20 shots on O’Neil in the final period, but was held off the board until tallying an extra-attacker goal in the final minute.
● recap and comprehensive box score

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