Monday, January 09, 2017

Terriers ice UMass in Frozen Fenway

#5 Terriers got a pair of goals from Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and scored twice in the third to pull away from a stubborn UMass team and claim a 5-3 win in the opener of Sunday’s Frozen Fenway doubleheader. Charlie McAvoy, Chad Krys and Gabe Chabot were the other goal scorers for BU, who received a 26-save performance from Jake Oettinger.

The teams played a relatively even first period that was scoreless until the final minute when JFK, who had a hat trick in Thursday’s win against Union, took a loose puck in the neutral zone, drove down the left side and cut to the net for a shot that trickled through goalie Ryan Wischow for an unassisted tally.

Midway through the second period, Kieffer Bellows took a pass from Patrick Harper behind the goal line, skated out and whipped a backhand pass to Forsbacka Karlsson just outside the crease. The Stockholm native backhanded the puck home for his fifth tally in two games for a 2-0 lead.

BU extended its lead on McAvoy’s power play goal.  Clayton Keller’s point shot deflected to McAvoy in the left circle and he buried the puck. However, with two minutes left in the middle period—and just after a sharp save by Oettinger on a shot from the high slot, Griff Jeszka fired a shot from along the goal line that glanced off the Terrier netminder and into the net.

Eight minutes into the third, BU had a man-advantage again, but it was the Minutemen who cashed in. After winning a blue line scrum, UMass broke in two-on-one and Ray Pigozzi beat Oettinger with a backhander to the glove side, cutting the margin to one.

With UMass threatening to tie the score, BU responded with two goals within a minute. Keller deflected a clearing pass toward Bobo Carpenter who sent it across the high slot to Jordan Greenway, who in turn found Krys for a quick backhander that eluded Wischow. Then, Dante Fabbro broke out of the defensive zone and head-manned the puck to Nick Roberto.  His shot from the top of the right circle was saved, but caromed to Chabot in the left circle and was drilled home, putting BU up, 5-2.

In the final minute with the goalie pulled, UMass scored on Steven Iacobellis's deflection of a shot from the point for the 5-3 final score.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn, JFK, MacAvoy
● Scott Weighart: A very happy new year for BU
● NESN: recap and video highlights
● recap
● Rich Images Photo Galley

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Trevor Zegras scored a goal and an assist in Avon Old Farms’ 4-2 win against Taft.  The sophomore forward has a 6-8-14 line in 10 games.

Looking back
David Warsofsky's overtime goal, his second score of the game, gave Wilkes Barre/Scranton a 6-5 win over Hershey. The left-shot defenseman has 28 points (7G, 21A) in 21 games and has been on the score sheet in eight straight games (13 of last 14).  
Times-Leader recap

A New York Times article on emergency goalies for NHL games recalls the experience of former Terrier netminder John Aiken, who in 1958 became the first BU player to appear in an NHL game. 

World Junior Championships
United States of Hockey: Final wrap-up
Who were the first three Terriers to bring home medals from the World Junior Championships? Head Coach David Quinn, Assistant Coach Scott Young and  Mike Kelfer won bronze in 1986, the first year a US team earned medals.

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