Sunday, January 13, 2019

BU rallies past Friars; Women complete sweep of Providence

Logan Cockerill’s goal completed a third-period rally that sent BU to a 4-3 win against #7/8 Providence at Schneider Arena.  The Terriers extend their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) and are now tied for third place in Hockey East.  Shane Bowers scored twice and David Farrance once as BU scored four times after spotting the Friars a 2-0 lead.

The win brought BU to .500 (8-8-3) for the first time this season.

After BU failed to scored on an early power play, Providence cashed in on its first chance with a man advantage when Josh Wilkins one-timed a shot from the right circle. The Friars doubled the lead three minutes later as Scott Conway converted a rebound from the right side of the crease after Jake Oettinger made two stops.

At the 11-minute mark, Bowers got BU on the board, scoring on the rush with a backhander from the bottom of the right circle after taking a pass from Farrance. Co-captain Bobo Carpenter picked up his first of three assists.

The 11-minute mark was golden for Bowers in the second period, too. The sophomore from Halifax combined with Joel Farabee on a series of passes before beating Hayden Hawkey from below the right circle to tie the score at two apiece. BU killed off three power plays in the period, with Oettinger making six saves.

PC regained the lead just 11 seconds into the third period. Conway took a pass in the slot and, after his initial attempt was blocked, backhanded the puck past Oettinger. The Terriers didn’t take long to match that score. At 3:07, Carpenter slid the puck to Farrance at the blue line. He closed to the top of the left circle and lasered a low slap shot past Hawkey.

The game-winning sequence began with Cockerill knocking Conway off the puck in the defensive zone, then heading up ice.  Kasper Kotkansalo moved the puck ahead to Carpenter who dished it to Cockerill for a snipe from the left circle, beating Hawkey high to the glove side.

“Obviously we made some nice plays tonight,” said Head Coach Albie O’Connell. “The first goal by Shane was a highlight reel.  Backhand, shortside, there was not a lot of space there and that got us going and enabled us to get back in the game.” 
Oettinger turned aside 33 Providence shots to earn the win.

All four BU goals were scored by sophomores. With his three assists, Carpenter is now second on the team in scoring with 16 points and sits at 99 for his BU career.

● recap and comprehensive box score 
Video highlights 
● Post-game comments O’Connell 
Daily Free Press recap 
WTBU Sports recap 

Looking ahead 
2019 recruit Ethan Phillips scored a power play goal and assisted on the game-winner as Sioux Falls edged Sioux City, 4-3. 

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone scored a goal and added an assist in Chicago’s 4-2 win against Green Bay. 

2020 recruit Drew Commesso stopped 28 shots in regulation and in overtime, then turned aside all three shootout attempts as the NTDP U17s completed a sweep of Central Illinois with a 5-4 win. Fellow recruit Luke Tuch assisted on a pair of goals for Team USA.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Women’s Team

BU completed a weekend sweep of #8 Providence, doubling up the Friars, 4-2, behind a goal and two assists from Tri-Captain Natasza Tarnowski. Goalie Corinne Schroeder stopped 32 shots including 17 in the third period.

The Terriers opened the scoring just 89 seconds into the game on a Courtney Correia goal. After Providence tied the score, BU scored twice in a 28 second span late in the first period.  Mackenna Parker buried a rebound and then Tarnowski scored the eventual game-winner, skating into the offensive zone and backhanding home a shot from the left circle for a 3-1 lead.

Providence cut the margin to one with a second period shorthanded goal and pressed for an equalizer in the third period, but Deziray DeSousa restored the two goal lead, converting a rebound from just outside the crease.
● recap and comprehensive box score 
●  Video Highlights

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