Saturday, October 19, 2019

Wildcats rally to tie Terriers, 4-4

#20 Terriers used a strong first two periods to build a 4-1 lead, but Northern Michigan rallied for three goals in the final period to gain a 4-4 overtime tie in BU’s home opener at Agganis Arena. Junior David Farrance led the way for BU with his second goal of the season and an assist, while sophomore Jake Wise and freshman Trevor Zegras each had a pair of helpers.

The Wildcats took a quick lead a minute into the contest. Goalie Sam Tucker stopped a wrist shot from the top of the left circle, but the rebound went to an unmarked Joseph Nardi and, as a collision sent players to the ice outside the crease, he fired the puck short side for a 1-0 lead.  BU responded quickly on the power play as Zegras threaded a cross-ice pass to senior Patrick Harper who wristed the puck home high to the glove side.

Just 3 ½ minutes later, Farrance, who also assisted on Harper’s tally, got one of his own, sneaking in to the left circle and one-timing a pass from Wise after graduate transfer Alex Brink had controlled the puck behind the NMU net.

Late in the period, BU was back on the power play. Wise found freshman Robert Mastrosimone alone for a one-timer from the right faceoff dot, which junior Logan Cockerill tipped past NMU goalie John Hawthorne to extend the lead to 3-1.

Terriers would collect the only second period goal on a tic-tac-toe passing play from freshman Alex Vlasic to Zegras to a wide-open Captain Patrick Curry who tapped in his third goal of the season.

After two periods, the Terriers owned a 27-10 shot advantage. The Wildcats’ third-period rally began on the power play at 5:53 when Vincent de Mey lasered a shot from the left circle under the crossbar to Tucker’s glove side. Less than a minute later, NMU closed to within one on the rush with Nardi setting up Caleb Schroer for a rip from the right circle.

BU had with several A+ scoring chances to extend the lead including a Cockerill breakaway and then on a delayed penalty, with the potential man advantage vanishing due to a penalty on Curry. With less than three minutes in regulation, Griffin Loughran fed an unmarked Darien Craighead in the crease for a re-direct that knotted the score at four apiece.

In overtime both teams had opportunities to end it on the power play. Freshman Ethan Phillips rang a shot off the crossbar, while on NMU’s power play, Tucker stoned Loughran on a point-blank shot to maintain the tie.

BU nearly doubled up the Wildcats in shots, 39-20, and connected on two of three power plays, while killing six of seven penalties.

Harper, with a strong game at both ends, earned the game's first star.  BU played without Farrance in the final period due to leg cramps.

Post-game, Coach Albie O'Connell said, I thought, on balance, we played really well," although he was critical of the team's discipline in the third period, taking several bad penalties.  O'Connell added:

“I really like the way we play. I really love the team and I like the leadership. They (NMU) are not an easy team to double up on shots. We were on through really good stretches; we just had a few lapses and didn’t go the full 60.

BU and NMU complete their two-game series tonight at Agganis Arena with puck drop at 7:00 p.m. 


● Go recap and comprehensive box score 
● Boston Hockey Blog recap

Looking ahead 
2020 recruit Drew Commesso turned aside 29 of 31 shots in the NTDP U18s’ 2-1 loss to Michigan State. Dylan Peterson assisted on the lone goal for Team USA. 
USA Hockey recap and box score 

2020 recruit Wilmer Skoog scored his team-leading ninth goal in NAHL Maryland’s 6-2 win over Jamestown.  It was his fifth goal in his past six games. recap 

2021 recruit Tyler Boucher scored his 3rd goal and added an assist in the NTDP U17s’ 6-5 loss to Green Bay. Fellow recruit Roman Schmidt also had an assist for Team USA. 
USA Hockey recap and box score 

Looking back 
Matt Nieto scored his second goal in Colorado’s 5-4 OT win against Florida.
● recap and video highlights 

Women’s Team

Junior Corrine Schroeder turned aside all 38 UConn shots to backbone the Terriers’ 1-0 win over the Huskies at Freitas Ice Forum.  BU, delivering a win for Coach Brian Durocher on his birthday, improved to 2-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play.

The only goal BU would need came late in the second period when senior Deziray DeSousa converted the rebound of Abby Cook’s blast from the point. Courtney Correia also assisted on the tally.

En route to her third career shutout, Schroeder made 14 saves in the first period, 10 in the second and 13 more in the third.

“She was real solid all the way through tonight,” said Durocher describing Schroeder’s stellar effort. “She stayed very correct on the initial saves and was in position to recover on the rebounds.”

Terriers travel to Maine on Sunday for a 2 p.m. match-up with the Black Bears.
● Go recap and comprehensive box score 
● WTBU Sports recap

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