Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Terriers stifle BC again, advance to Beanpot title game--UPDATED

#3 Terriers punched their tickets to the Beanpot Championship game with a convincing 3-1 win against Boston College at TD Garden. They’ll go for their 31st tournament title next Monday night against Harvard, a 4-3 winner against Northeastern in the early game. The win gave BU its first regular-season sweep of its Commonwealth Avenue rivals since 1994-95.

BU scored at even strength—Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson—on a power play—Chad Krys—and shorthanded—Clayton Keller—while goalie Jake Oettinger stopped 23 Eagle shots to gain his 16th win. The victory raised the team’s record to 19-7-2, tying Union College for most wins in Division 1.

Terriers dominated the first period, firing 12 shots on goal while limiting their longtime rivals to just two. Four and half minutes into the game, Patrick Harper raced down the left side, circled the BC goal and fired a shot that BC’s Joe Woll saved, but Forsbacka Karlsson was right there to slip the rebound under Woll.
Daily Free Press photo by Maddie Malhotra
The Eagles came out firing in the middle stanza but it was BU that found the net first with a power-play goal. Chad Krys took a pass from Bobo Carpenter, closed to the top of the left circle and beat Woll high to the glove side for what proved to be the game-winner. Dante Fabbro also picked up an assist.

The two-goal lead lasted less than three minutes as BC got on the board when unmarked Austin Cangelosi converted a rebound for an even-strength goal. That tally ended a streak of 102 minutes of shutout hockey against the Eagles for Oettinger, who turned aside 15 shots in the period.

Mid-way through the period with BC on a power play, Charlie McAvoy head-manned the puck to Keller at the red line.  He sped past a defender and beat Woll with a backhander for his 14th goal, raising the lead to 3-1. Keller noted:
“Joe Woll is a guy I’ve played with ever since I was about 10 years old, so I know his game a little bit. I was lucky enough to slide it five hole.”
BU played a disciplined third period, limiting the Eagles to just five shots—and none on their one power play of the period. An apparent insurance goal by Ryan Cloonan on the rebound of a Patrick Curry shot was waived off.

Keller extended his point scoring streak to 15 games— during which he’s scored 11 goals and 14 assists—tying the Terrier record held by Jay Pandolfo in 1995-96.  Keller’s short-hander was his fourth of the season, tying Union’s Mike Vecchione for the national lead.

 “It’s been a while (2007) since we beat Boston College in the Beanpot,” Head Coach David Quinn said. “We’ve had three great games with them. We’ve been fortunate enough to come out on the winning end of it.”

Carpenter has had a hand in the game-winning goal in seven of BU's past 10 wins (2g, 5a).

With assistant captain Nikolas Olsson sidelined indefinitely, junior Brandon Hickey wore the “A” and will split those duties with Charlie McAvoy for the rest of the season.

On four BC power plays (a few were less than two minutes), BU allowed just one shot on Oettinger, while scoring a short-hander. The Terriers had six man-advantage opportunities (also a few less than two minutes) and scored once.

● GoTerriers.com recap and comprehensive box score
Photo Gallery (Rich Gagnon)
● HockeyEastOnline recap and video
● Post-game comments: Quinn and Keller/Fabbro
● NESN Beanpot Notes: BU ends drought vs. BC
● Daily Free Press recap, Timely goals
SB Nation recap
USCHO recap

● BU Today recap
● WEEI College Blog: Keller extends point streak

Women’s Team
Terriers meet Harvard in the consolation game of the Women’s Beanpot at Matthews Arena today. Puck drop is at 4:30 p.m. There will be a free livestream from GONUxstream
●.Go Terriers.com preview and links

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