Saturday, January 28, 2017

Merrimack does it again, beats BU, 4-1

#1/2 Terriers’ week went from bad to worse as they were defeated again by Merrimack, this time a 4-1 defeat before a stunned crowd at Agganis Arena. For the Warriors, it was their first-ever sweep of BU in Hockey East regular season play.

BU dominated the first period, outshooting the visitors, 16-4. However, one of those four shots was a power play goal by Brett Seney. That deficit was nullified when BU scored its own power play tally. Clayton Keller converted the rebound of Patrick Harper’s shot with Charlie McAvoy also picking up an assist.

Seney scored the eventual game-winner midway through the second period and Michael Babcock scored twice in the third period—the first coming shorthanded.

Warriors’ goalie Colin Delia turned aside 37 BU shots, while Jake Oettinger made 27 saves.

Among the disappointments Coach David Quinn voiced was a lack of physicality around the puck.  

“We had a two-on-one and a three-on-two in the second period and didn’t even get a shot. So that has something to do with it. If you’re not physical the other team has five guys that can defend all the time."
Junior assistant captain Nikolas Olsson, who sat out Tuesday's game with an injury, suffered a leg injury in the first period, was helped off the ice and did not return.  Asked about the injury, Quinn said,“We don’t know for sure, but it’s not good.”

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn 

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Hank Crone scored a goal and added two assists in Sioux Falls’ 6-2 win over Lincoln.  The left wing from Cedar Hill, Texas has 35 points (15G, 20A) in 33 games, tied for fifth best in the USHL.

2017 recruit Shane Bowers’ 12th goal of the season was the game-winner in Waterloo’s 6-2 win against Omaha.

2017 recruit Cameron Crotty scored his 4th goal of the season for Brockville in a 3-2 loss to Hawksbury.

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