Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Third-period goals push Terriers past Harvard; Keller update

“Win the third, win the game.” It’s a mantra the Terriers hear repeatedly from Coach David Quinn. Last night, #7 BU took that directive to heart, breaking a 3-3 tie with #9 Harvard on goals from senior Nick Roberto and freshman Patrick Curry to earn a hard-fought 5-3 victory at Agganis Arena.

BU received goals from five different players, with freshmen leading the way. Dante Fabbro, in perhaps his best outing of the season, had a power play goal and two assists. Patrick Harper scored a goal and an assist; and Curry, who moved up to second line center, added a helper.

After Harvard drew first blood when Sean Malone’s shot deflected off Fabbro’s skate and past Connor LaCouvee, Curry retrieved a puck behind the Crimson net and set up freshman Kieffer Bellows who jammed the puck home for his fourth goal. Late in the first period with BU on a 5-on-3, Harvard’s Alexander Kerfoot stole a drop pass at the blueline, broke in alone and beat LaCouvee for a 2-1 lead. That lasted just 23 seconds as some nice BU passing culminated with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson’s cross-ice pass to the bottom of the right circle where Harper buried his sixth goal.

The second-period goals came in bunches, too. Four minutes in, Fabbro’s power play wrist shot from the top of the left circle sailed past Harvard’s Merrick Madsen, who was screened by sophomore Jordan Greenway.  Twenty seconds later, Malone tallied his second of the night, firing from the top of the right circle.

Early in the third, Roberto corralled a puck thrown behind the goal line extended by junior John MacLeod and banked a shot off Madsen for his second game-winner of the season. With Harvard pressing for an equalizer in the final minutes, sophomore Bobo Carpenter raced down the right side and sent Curry in for wrist shot that beat Madsen.

LaCouvee turned aside 29 Harvard shots—including nine in the final period--to earn his second win in as many starts.

Addressing the team’s strong finish in its third game in five nights, Quinn said:

“I think it talks about our resiliency for a young team to be able to stay with it mentally and win third periods. That’s a big part of having success when there’s so much parity in college hockey and against a really good team like Harvard."
►Of BU’s 38 goals, 19 have been scored in the third period.

►Terriers went 2-for-5 on power plays and were perfect on all three (yes, only three!) penalty-kill opportunities.

► The Terriers are now 20-3-2 in their past 25 home contests.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Coach David Quinn; Curry/Doyle Somberby  

Sophomore Charlie McAvoy received a callout during the NBCSN broadcast of the Blues-Bruins game, with the announcers noting that the future Bruins defenseman spent time working out last summer with former BU captain Kevin Shattenkirk.

Women’s Team
Like their counterparts on the men’s team, the Terriers go into the holiday break after defeating Harvard. Victoria Bach’s overtime goal produced a 4-3 win at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. BU received two goals from grad student—and former Crimson standout—Mary Parker and one from Rebecca Leslie to take a 3-1 lead early in the third period. Harvard scored twice in the final four minutes of regulation, setting the stage for the heroics from Bach, who assisted on both Parker goals. Nina Rodgers and Savannah Newton each had two assists, while Victoria Hanson made 21 saves to earn the win.

● recap and comprehensive box score
●  Video highlights

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