Sunday, January 19, 2020

Late goal pushes BC past BU

In a hard- and closely-fought game at Conte Forum, #5 BC edged the Terriers on a tie-breaking tally late in the third period. BU had responded three times to Eagle leads earlier in the contest with a pair of goals from Captain Patrick Curry and one from Patrick Harper. Neutral zone turnovers proved especially costly for BU.

The Eagles struck first when Logan Hutsko was sent on a breakaway at the nine minute mark of the first period and beat Sam Tucker five-hole. Seven minutes later Dom Fensore dished the puck to Harper along the right boards. He skated to the high slot and ripped a shot past goalie Spencer Knight—with Jack DeBoer creating traffic in front--to tie the score.

BC answered quickly, following a center ice turnover as Mike Hardman skated behind the Terrier net and scored on a wrap-around to give BC a 2-1 lead after one.

Terriers would get the only second period goal. At the eight-minute mark, Curry rang a shot off iron, but BU kept pressing the attack. Cam Crotty skated down the right side and found Logan Cockerill on the doorstep for a redirect attempt that was saved, but Curry banged home the rebound to draw BU even at 2-2.

Early in the third, BC regained the lead on Hutsko’s second of the night. Unmarked, he one-timed a feed to the slot from behind the net past Tucker. Once again, BU responded, this time on a power play. After David Farrance fanned on a shot attempt, Trevor Zegras saucered a pass to Curry in the high slot for a one-time blast that beat Knight to the glove side.

The game-winning sequence began when Robert Mastrosimone lost the puck in the neutral zone leading to a 2-on-1 break for the Eagles. Julius Mattila's passing attempt glanced off a diving Farrance and sneaked past Tucker on the stick side.

BU pulled Tucker for an extra skater with two minutes left and then a BC penalty created a 6-on-4 advantage for the Terriers, but they were unable to generate an equalizer.

"We move on and take the positives," BU coach Albie O'Connell said. "We played well. ... A little bit of a bad bounce, bad luck. They scored two goals on bad puck management by us. I thought BC played very well. Their speed was a factor."

● recap and comprehensive box score

● Post-game comments O’Connell

● Boston Hockey Blog recap, Five Moments

● Boston Herald recap

Looking ahead

2020 recruit 

Nicholas Zabaneh scored his eighth goal in Green Bay’s 4-0 win against Madison.

2021 recruit Quinn Hutson had a hat trick in the North Jersey Avalanche 18Us’ 8-1 win against the Long Island Royals. The previous day, Hutson scored twice and added an assist in the Av’s 7-1 win against the Jr. Flyers. In 20 AYHL games, the right-shot forward has 27 goals and 19 assists and is tied for the team scoring lead. He also has eight points in nine Beast Series games.

2021 recruit Jeremy Wilmer spoke with BTS Hockey about playing for the NTDP U17s and his commitment to BU. (audio)

Looking back

Brady Tkachuk scored his 14th goal and added an assist in Ottawa’s 5-2 win against Calgary.

● recap and video highlights

Joel Farabee scored his fifth goal in Philadelphia’s 4-1 win against Los Angeles.

● recap and video highlights

Women’s Team

Senior Sammy Davis scored her team-leading 10th and 11th goals as BU defeated Holy Cross, 4-1, to complete a sweep of its series with the Crusaders. The Terriers improved to 16-5-2 overall and 11-5-2 in Hockey East, moving into a second place tie with BC..

Sophomore Courtney Correira gave BU a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Davis doubled the lead early in the second, followed two minutes later by an Emma Wuthrich tally. A power play goal by Davis late in the period extended the lead to 4-0.

Sophomore goalie Kate Stuart, who stopped 11 shots, lost her shutout when Holy Cross connected on a third-period power play.

● recap and comprehensive box score

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