Sunday, January 22, 2017

BU completes sweep of Maine with 3-1 win

#3/4 Terriers scored once in each period and Jake Oettinger stopped 26 of 27 shots as BU completed a weekend sweep of Maine with a 3-1 win at Alfond Arena. The victory extended the longest winning streak in Division 1 to eight games and gave BU a 10-1-1 record for its last 12 games.

BU scored the only goal of a fairly even first period while killing a penalty. Clayton Keller intercepted a pass inside the Black Bears blue line, sped to the net and beat Rob McGovern with a backhander for his tenth tally.  

Aided by several Black Bear penalties, the Terriers had 13 shots in the second period and cashed in at the 15:32 mark. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson found Patrick Harper at the right dot for a one-timer. It was the freshman wing’s first goal since the December 9th game at Vermont and his eighth of the season. Later in the period, Harper was injured during a 5-on-3 power play and did not return.  Jordan Greenway had several scoring opportunities during that power play but was stymied by McGovern.

Maine cut the lead in half with its own power play goal six minutes into the third period. Moments after Nick Roberto was set up by Keller for another shorthanded bid, Blaine Byron collected the rebound of his own shot attempt, closed to the left circle and wristed a shot that went off Dante Fabbro’s stick blade and hopped over Oettinger’s shoulder.

BU responded with offensive pressure and three minutes later was rewarded when Keller’s shot attempt deflected to a charging Brandon Hickey (photo) who fired the puck home for his fourth of the season.

Maine upped the pressure and spent much of the game’s final minutes in the BU zone, hitting the goal post once and creating several scoring chances, but Oettinger, who lowered his goals against average to 1.70, slammed the door.

Harper and Keller earned the game’s first and second stars respectively.

BU has won its first six January games, a feat last achieved during the 1977-78 season, when the Terriers went on to claim their third national title.

BU, in the midst of a stretch with five games in nine days, will be on the road again Tuesday for the first of two games against Merrimack.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Post-game comments: Quinn
● Daily Free Press recap
● HockeyEastOnline recap, box score

● Bangor Daily News recap

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Tyler Weiss’s sixth goal gave the NTDP U17s a first period lead, but Bloomington rallied for a 3-2 win in USHL action.  Weiss has 19 points in 35 games.
● USA Hockey box score

2018 recruit Matthew Quercia scored in overtime to boost Sioux Falls past Waterloo, 3-2 .

2020 recruit Trevor Zegras scored a goal and an assist for Avon Old Farms in a 3-0 win against Berkshire. The sophomore wing has 22 points (8G, 14A) in 14 games

Looking back Clendening finding rhythm with Rangers

Former Terrier Kevin Shattenkirk scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season; however the St. Louis Blues lost to the Winnipeg Jets, 5-3.  Recap and video.

Women’s Team
Victoria Bach recorded her third career hat trick but the Terriers had to rally with a late goal for a 5-5 tie with Providence at Schneider Arena on Saturday. BU had a 4-1 lead after scoring three times in the second period—one by Rebecca Leslie and a pair of Bach power play goals. But Providence scored the next four goals to take a 5-4 lead. With two-and-a-half minutes left in regulation, Leslie scored her second goal when Alexis Crossley’s shot caromed off her skate for the equalizer.  Crossley tallied four assists and now has 14 for the season, leading the Terrier D-corps.

The teams are back on the ice Sunday with a 3 p.m. start at Walter Brown Arena.
● recap and comprehensive box score
● Sunday free live stream

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