Sunday, December 09, 2018

Terriers gain split with 5-2 win; Women sweep RIT

Behind two-goal nights from both co-captain Bobo Carpenter and Shane Bowers, and a strong 40-save performance by Jake Oettinger, BU defeated UMass Lowell, 5-2, at the Tsongas Center, ending a four-game skid. Patrick Curry also scored for the Terriers and had a career-best three points.

BU played its best opening period of the season scoring three times in a four-minute span. At the ten-minute mark, Carpenter took a Kasper Kotkansalo pass in the high slot, spun around and whipped a shot past goalie Tyler Wall. Three minutes later, Kotkansalo fed Bowers in the neutral zone and the sophomore center raced into the Lowell zone, then fired home a backhander from the right circle.

Then with Lowell on a power play, Carpenter scored shorthanded, converting the rebound of Curry’s initial bid. The River Hawks got one back on the same power play when Charlie Levesque got behind the Terrier defense and beat Oettinger with a backhander.

Midway through the second period, Lowell cut the lead to one on Mattias Goransson’s slapshot from the top of the left circle. The River Hawks had 14 shots in the middle period but Oettinger stopped several grade A shots to keep BU in the lead. 

Curry scored a power play goal early in the third, assisted by Max Willman and David Farrance, to give BU a 4-2 cushion. Then with three minutes left, Bowers, again racing into the Lowell end of the ice, took a pass from Curry, closed on the net and backhanded a shot past Chris Hernberg, who had replaced Wall.

● recap and comprehensive box score

● Post-game comments Albie O’Connell  

● HockeyEastOnline recap

● Lowell Sun recap

Looking ahead

2019 recruit Case McCarthy scored a goal and an assist in the NTDP U18s’ 6-4 win against Maine. Trevor Zegras scored a power play goal, assisted by Domenick Fensore.

● USA Hockey recap and box score

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone scored a goal and an assist in Team USA’s 3-1 win against Canada East in a World Junior A Challenge pre-tournament game.

Looking back

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored his third goal, assisted by Matt Grzelcyk, in the Bruins’ 6-3 win against Toronto. Grzelcyk and Charlie McAvoy, a defense tandem at BU, were paired on the Boston blueline.

Jack Eichel scored both Sabres goals in a 6-2 loss to Philadelphia

Women’s Team

Led by Jesse Compher’s career-best five points (1G, 4A), BU blanked RIT, 8-0, to complete a weekend sweep and stretch its winning streak to five games. Terriers also received goals from Courtney Correia, Sammy Davis, Deziray De Sousa, Abby Cook, Kaleigh Donnelly, Natasza Tarnowski and Nara Elia. Corinne Schroeder stopped 22 Tiger shots in 50 minutes before being replaced by freshman Nicole McGuigan in her first college appearance.

● recap and comprehensive box score

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Terriers dropped by Lowell, 5-3

Terriers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game at three apiece, but UMass Lowell scored midway through the final period, then added an empty-netter to secure a 5-3 win at Agganis Arena. BU received goals from Ty Amonte, Cam Crotty and Bobo Carpenter. Freshman Joel Farabee assisted on all three scores.

BU and Lowell complete the home-and-home tonight at the Tsongas Center in Lowell with puck drop at 7 p.m.

Despite a 12-9 shot advantage, BU found itself down, 2-0, after the first period. Chris Schutz beat Jake Oettinger from the high slot at 6:37. Seven minutes later, following a Lowell shot blocked by the defense, Connor Sodergren buried the loose puck from the left side of the crease.

BU got on the board early in the second period when Farabee carried the puck from the BU end down the right boards deep into the offensive zone and backhanded a pass to Amonte at the goalmouth for the sophomore’s third goal in the past five games.

The River Hawks restored the two-goal margin at 12:58 on an odd-man rush with Anthony Baxter beating Oettinger from the left circle. Two minutes later, Crotty’s wrist shot from the right point skittered past goalie Chris Hernberg, who was screened by Logan Cockerill.  For Crotty, who along with Shane Bowers, was rostered on Canada's World Junior Championships camp, it was his first goal of the season.

BU tied the score on a power play early in the third period when Bobo Carpenter banged home a rebound from just outside the crease. Lowell scored the game-winner three minutes later. Oettinger turned aside Shutz’s sharp angle shot, but the puck went directly to an unmarked Seth Barton at the bottom of the right circle and he wristed it home. Charlie Levesque’s empty-netter closed out the scoring.

Hernberg made 34 saves while Oettinger stopped 23 shots.

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● Daily Free Press recap

● WTBU Sports recap

Looking back

Alex Chiasson scored his 12th goal in the Oilers' 7-2 thumping of Minnesota. recap and highlights

Women’s Team

Terriers stretched their winning streak to four games with a 3-1 win against RIT in Rochester. BU, which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games, received another strong effort in goal from Corinne Schroeder who stopped 27 of 28 shots. The teams meet again today at Noon.

BU opened the scoring late in the first period when Natasza Tarnowski helped force a turnover, skated into the Tigers’ end and wristed home an unassisted goal. The Terriers increased their lead in the middle period with two power-play goals.  Sammy Davis scored early in the period and Jesse Compher scored at 9:52.  RIT responded with a power-play goal of its own late in the second, cutting the margin to two, but would get no closer.

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