Saturday, January 14, 2017

BU edges BC on Keller goal; Oettinger outduels Woll

Second period goals from Clayton Keller and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and a 32-save effort by Jake Oettinger fueled #5 BU’s 2-1 win against #8 BC at a sold out Agganis Arena Friday night. The victory was the first home win over arch-rival BC for Head Coach David Quinn. More importantly, it brought the Terriers within five points of the Eagles in the Hockey East standings—with two games in hand. BU also extended its winning streak to five games.

Following a pre-game ceremony honoring 13 participants in the 2017 World Junior Championships-- 7 Terriers and 5 Eagles including one coach—the teams played a scoreless first period. Both teams had one power play opportunity and BU had a 15-11 edge in shots.

BU drew first blood at 3:47 of the second period when Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson deflected home a Dante Fabbro slapshot. Brandon Hickey also assisted. For JFK, it was his sixth goal in three games. That lead lasted less than 90 seconds as the visitors capitalized on a power play with Colin White connecting on a backdoor play. Two minutes later, Jordan Greenway separated an Eagle defender from the puck behind the BC goal and then found Keller—who was White’s line mate at the WJCs—in front for his eighth goal.

BC had two more power plays in the middle period (one of which continued into the third period), but were limited to just three shots, all stopped by Oettinger. The Eagles, pressing for a tie, held a 12-5 shot advantage in the third but Oettinger slammed the door again and again. His best save came early in the third when he denied Austin Cangelosi’s attempt to convert the rebound of a shot from the point.

The 6’4” goalie from Minnesota improved his record to 10-5-2, outdueling BC’s Joe Woll who was his teammate the past two seasons in the National Team Development Program and again this season at the World Junior Championships. Quinn noted that:

[Oettinger] thrives under pressure, and I think you saw that again tonight. We’re not playing great in the third; he stands tall, and we get two valuable points in the league.”

The home-and-home series completes on Monday evening at Conte Forum.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights; live-stream replay
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Somerby & Keller
● SB Nation Stars lead BU past BC
Boston Herald recap
● WJC Ceremony highlights
A year ago at Agganis, BU carried a one-goal lead into the third period, but the visitors scored the equalizer in the final minutes, leading to a 1-1 overtime tie.

Looking ahead
Brady Tkachuk scored a goal and added two assists in the NTDP U18s’s 5-1 win over Green Bay.  The 6’2” power forward, who has 26 points (11G, 15A) in 32 games, was named second star of the game.
● USA Hockey recap

Looking back
Wade Megan scored his 19th goal of the season, an unassisted tally, in the Chicago Wolves’ 4-2 win against Manitoba. The former Terrier captain is second in the AHL in goal scoring and fifth in points with 35.

Adam Clendening got his 5th assist of the season on a late 3rd period goal, but the NY Rangers fell to Toronto, 4-2.  The former Terrier defenseman has scored three points in his last two games.

Women's Team
 #10 Terriers begin a two-game series against Vermont at Walter Brown Arena today with puck drop set for 3 p.m.

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