Saturday, February 25, 2017

Notre Dame stymies Terriers, 3-1; How to Win A Stanley Cup

#13/14 Notre Dame broke a 1-1 tie with a goal late in the second period and went on to defeat  #6/5 BU, 3-1, at Agganis Arena. The loss eliminated any chance of an outright regular-season title for the Terriers. If BU wins tonight’s rematch with the Fighting Irish, it will share the regular-season title with UMass Lowell and BC and be the second seed in the conference tournament, due to the tiebraker. A tie or loss tonight would drop the Terriers to fourth place.

The visitors opened the scoring when a BU defensive-zone turnover led to Jake Evans firing a shot past Jake Oettinger from the left circle. Seven minutes later, after killing a penalty, BU countered when a Clayton Keller shot from the high slot was redirected past Cal Petersen by Patrick Harper.

The eventual game-winner was scored at 18:33 of the second when Ben Ostile pushed a loose puck past Oettinger.  The controversial goal was initially reversed but then confirmed after a video review.

BU pressed throughout the third period for an equalizer pouring 23 shots on Petersen, but could not solve the junior netminder, who was aided by several quick whistles. Petersen has been a thorn in the Terriers’ side for three seasons.  Evans' second goal at 17:25, on a 2-on-1, put the game out of reach.

“Petersen’s had our number for three years,” Coach David Quinn said. “Two years ago we were here and I think we put fifty shots on him both nights and we get a point." 

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game highlights: Coach Quinn, Doyle Somerby
● Daily Free Press recap, analysis
● USCHO recap
● SB Nation recap
● HockeyEastOnline: Playoff picture and tiebreakers

Tonight’s game begins with senior night ceremonies at 7 p.m. The game will be live-streamed on TerrierTV and broadcasted on The Terrier Sports Radio Network.

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk scored a pair of goals in the NTDP U18s’ 5-3 win against Arizona State.  2019 recruit Joel Farabee, a recent call-up from the U17s, scored his first goal for the U18s, assisted by 2017 recruit David Farrance. Tkachuk has 37 points (17G, 20A) in 42 games. Former Terrier Robbie Baillergeon had an assist for ASU.
●USA Hockey box score

Looking back
New York Times writer and Terrier Hockey Fan Blog contributor Neal Boudette authored “How to win a Stanley Cup” for Bostonia magazine. The article looks at the coaching career  of Mike Sullivan,  the former BU captain and Bruins head coach who led the Penguins to the 2016 Stanley Cup.

Women’s Team
Terriers dropped the opener of their best-of-three series against New Hampshire, 4-2, and must sweep the next two games to advance to the conference tournament semifinals.

The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead with two second-period goals and one in the third. BU rallied on goals by Mary Parker and Alexis Crossley to cut the margin to one. But a late power play goal by UNH closed out the scoring.

Puck drop for game 2 is set for 3 p.m. today at Walter Brown Arena.

● recap and comprehensive box score

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