Saturday, January 21, 2017

Power play goals send BU past Maine, 4-1 UPDATED

#3/4 Terriers erupted for three goals in the third period—two on the power play—to pull away from Maine for a 4-1 victory at Agganis Arena and their seventh consecutive win. BU received goals from Clayton Keller, Bobo Carpenter, Jordan Greenway and Nikolas Olsson to overcome a 1-0 Black Bear lead.

Despite a 10-6 shot advantage in the first period, BU found itself trailing when Blaine Byron’s shot from the point—on a power play late in the period—ricocheted off several sticks and eluded Jake Oettinger.

BU dominated the second period with 11 shots to four for Maine, but was unable to beat goalie Rob McGovern on two power plays. Finally, with a minute and half left in the period, Keller corralled a loose puck following a Brandon Hickey point shot and backhanded it home high to the glove side for the equalizer. Carpenter also assisted.

The Terriers’ shot and territorial advantage was even more pronounced in the third period as they poured 20 shots—10 during power plays—on the Maine net. With eight minutes left in the period and BU on a man-
advantage, Carpenter—at the left side faceoff dot—
one-timed a Dante Fabbro pass to give BU the lead for good. Chad Krys had the secondary assist.  Just under two minutes later with BU on another power play, Greenway tracked down Keller’s pass in the corner, wheeled into the right circle and wristed a shot under the crossbar to make it 3-1.

The final goal came on a pretty combination by the Terriers’ third line. Olsson blocked a Maine shot, sending Nick Roberto racing up the right side. He dished a pass to a trailing Ryan Cloonan and the sophomore center found Olsson busting in to beat McGovern with a backhander for the 4-1 final.

While it was a relatively quiet night for Oettinger, who made just 13 saves and lowered his conference-best GAA  to 1.74. However, he made key stops on a two-on-one in the game's first minute as well on a breakaway and another two-on-one later in the contest.

With Lowell’s loss to Providence, the Terriers’ seven-game winning streak now is Division 1’s longest.

The victory gives BU an 8-1-1 record on home ice this season and its overall 15-5-2 mark is the third-best winning percentage among D1 teams.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn; Greenway/Olsson
● Daily Free Press recap, BU shuffles lines
Press Herald recap

BU and Maine meet again today in Orono with puck drop at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on Fox Sports Channel Atlantic and Maine All-Acess (free live stream) as well as on the Terriers Sports Radio Network.

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk scored a goal and an assist in the NTDP U18s’ 6-3 loss to Cedar Rapids. The power forward from St. Louis is tied for the U18s' scoring lead with 30 points (12g,18A). 2019 recruit Joel Farabee, who leads the U17s in scoring with 27 points (16G,11A), was called up to play for the U18s and had two shots on goal.
● USA Hockey recap

2017 recruit Shane Bowers (photo) scored his 11th goal in Waterloo’s 2-1 win against Sioux Falls. Bowers, who was ranked #13 in the NHL Central Scouting Midterms this past week, has 25 points in 34 games.

Looking back
Jack Eichel assisted on a pair of goals in the Sabres’ overtime win against Detroit.
● recap and video

Former BU assistant captain Matt Lane assisted on three goals in regulation, then scored the game-winner at 1:46 of overtime as Elmira edged Manchester, 5-4. Lane’s third assist enabled the Jackals to tie the game with 1:18 left in the third period. Alexx Privitera had two helpers for the Monarchs. box score
OSC recap

Matt Grzelcyk assisted on a pair of goals in Providence's 4-3 win against Rochester.

Matt O'Connor stopped 34 shots in Binghamton's 4-2 victory over Syracuse. 

Women’s Team
Terriers look to end an 0-1-3 winless streak when they begin a home-and-home series against Providence Saturday at Schneider Arena. Game time is 2 p.m. BU and PC met in the season opener in September with Samantha Sutherland leading the Terriers to a 5-2 win. Grad student Mary Parker, who scored her 18th goal Sunday against Vermont, is second in Division 1 in goal scoring.

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, BU GameDay
● Providence game notes

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