Sunday, February 18, 2018

Terriers defeat Merrimack, 3-1

 Terriers rebounded from Friday night's loss with a 3-1 win at Merrimack, completing a sweep of the season's three games against the Warriors. BU received goals from Dante Fabbro, Gabe Chabot and Logan Cockerill, while Jake Oettinger turned aside 28 shots including 12 in the third period.
Neither team could find the net until late in the second when BU scored on the power play. Shane Bowers took a pass from Brady Tkachuk and found Dante Fabbro at the center point for a blast past Merrimack's Craig Pantano. Minutes late, David Farrance centered a pass to the goal mouth that Chabot redirected home for his first goal of the year and a 2-0 lead. Chad Krys also assisted.

Once again, BU saw a two-goal lead cut to one early in the third period when Merrimack defenseman Simon Lööf fired a shot from the point off a clean win of an offensive-zone draw. His one-timer glanced off a Terrier defender and went past Oettinger.

Midway through the period, just after a BU power play ended, Cockerill restored the two-goal margin. On the rush, Drew Melanson found Brandon Hickey in the high slot and the captain fed Cockerill whose wrist shot from the left face-off dot beat Pantano, high to the glove side.   

With the win BU has sole possession of fourth place in Hockey East, two points ahead of Maine and UConn. The Terriers conclude the regular season next weekend with a pair of home games with Vermont.  

After the game, Cockerill, who has points in nine of the last 10 games--and a season total of 17 (6G, 11A) discussed his recent contributions to the Terrier offense:

“I think when you take a jump to the next level it’s always difficult there’s kind of an adjustment period. The second half coach has been giving me a lot of opportunity [to] get on the power play a little bit more [and I’m playing] with unbelievable players like Bowers, Tkachuk and [freshman forward Hank] Crone … I’ve gotten a little more comfortable [and] been finding ways to utilize my skill set and been able to get some production.”
● recap and comprehensive box score  
● Post Game comments: Cockeril
● Daily Free Press recap  
● HockeyEastOnline recap   
● Mack Report recap

Looking ahead
2019 recruits Joel Farabee, Jake Wise and Jack DeBoer all assisted on a goal in Team USA’s 4-0 win against Finland to clinch the Five Nations Tournament championship in Plymouth, Michigan. Farrabee’s assist gave him 49 points (22G, 27A), second best on the U18s.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Women’s Team
Senior captain Rebecca Leslie scored both Terrier goals in a 2-1 win against New Hampshire in Durham. Her first period goal was assisted by Abby Cook and Mary Grace Kelley, while her third period tally, giving BU a 2-0 lead, was assisted by Cook and senior Victoria Bach.

The teams will meet again today at Agganis Arena with puck drop at 3 p.m. Senior Day activities will precede the contest. Sunday Terrier TV live stream

● recap and comprehensive box score
● WTBU Sports recap

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