Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lowell edges BU on late PPG

#3 Terriers lost a crucial game in the Hockey East race to #9/10 UMass Lowell when the Riverhawks broke a 2-2 tie with a third-period power play goal.  BU missed a chance to creep closer to conference leader BC, which was defeated by Merrimack. BU still trails by three points.

BU’s power play continues to struggle, mustering only four shots on five power plays (one, however, was just 17 seconds).

The Riverhawks got off to a fast start when Joe Gambardella beat Jake Oettinger on his team’s first shot, completing a 2-on-1. It took BU less than two minutes to respond.  Following a Lowell turnover at the left face-off dot, Patrick Harper wristed a shot that beat Tyler Wall stick side, for his ninth goal of the season.

In the second period, with BU down two men, Bobo Carpenter intercepted a pass and broke in alone to score his 11th goal of the season and second shorthander.  Lowell matched that score midway through the period when Ryan Lohin got behind the BU defense to make it 2-2.

Nine minutes into the third period, Lowell, on its sixth power play of the game, netted the game-winner when Kenny Hausinger corralled a deflected shot and beat Oettinger.

Lowell kept BU’s offense in check for much of the first two periods, holding the Terriers to eight shots. BU fired 15 shots at Tyler Wall in the third period, but none found the net.

A frustrated Coach David Quinn commented:

“Our power play really, really is struggling right now. When you can’t win puck battles, you don’t move the puck quickly, you know, get pucks to the net, you can’t have a power play. Look at the talent we have out there. It’s a head scratcher right now why we’re struggling so badly on the power play. It’s just inexcusable.”

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Looking ahead
2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk scored a goal and assisted on the game-winner in the NTDP U18s' 5-3 win against Russia in the Five Nations Tournament in Sweden. 2017 recruit David Farrance also recorded an assist when his blueline blast was redirected home.
USA Hockey recap and video
2017 recruit Shane Bowers scored his 16th goal in Waterloo’s 5-3 win against Lincoln.

2020 recruit Trevor Zegras scored his 11th goal in Avon Old Farms’ 3-2 win against Gunnery.

Looking back
Wade Megan scored a pair of goals in AHL Chicago’s 7-3 win over San Antonio.

Matt O’Connor stopped 25 shots in Binghamton’s 3-2 win against Syracuse to earn his 11th win.

Women’s Team
Terriers scored a pair of second period goals to come from behind and edge New Hampshire, 4-3, at the Whittemore Center Friday night. BU held a 2-1 lead after one period on goals by Abby Cook and Rebecca Leslie, but the Wildcats scored twice early in the second for a 3-2 lead. Midway through the period Natasza Tarnowski knotted the score and two minutes later, Samantha Sutherland converted the rebound of Cook’s shot on a power play for the game-winner. Victoria Hanson stopped 25 UNH shots.

The Terriers and Wildcats conclude the home-and-home series today at Walter Brown Arena with puckdrop at 3 p.m.
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