Saturday, January 04, 2020

Terriers edge NTDP U18s in shootout

At USA Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, BU defeated the NTDP U18s in a shootout, 4-3.  Sam Tucker turned aside 30 shots, including both shootout attempts he faced, while 2020 recruit Drew Commesso impressed, stopping 38 shots.

After a scoreless first period, 2020 recruit Luke Tuch opened the scoring seven minutes into the second, completing a 2-on-1 rush with a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Tucker.  BU responded quickly, scoring on a power play. Matt Quercia centered a pass to Wilmer Skoog, who dropped a pass to Ethan Phillips for the finish.

Less than a minute later, BU took the lead as Alex Brink converted a rebound, following Alex Vlasic’s shot from the left point with Jack DeBoer also assisting. But before the period ended Chase Yoder completed a pretty passing play with a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle to tie the score at 2-2.

Early in the third, Yoder scored again, sliding home a rebound after Tucker had made multiple saves. With under five minutes left in regulation, Patrick Curry corralled a loose puck at the USA blueline, skated to the right circle and, using a defenseman as a screen, ripped a shot past Commesso for the equalizer.

After 5x5 and 3x3 overtime sessions failed to produce a result, the teams went to a shootout. Both Skoog and defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo scored while Tucker stopped both U18 attempts to give BU a hard-fought win. 

USA Hockey recap and box score

Boston Hockey Blog recap and Coach’s comments

Looking ahead

2021 recruit Tyler Boucher scored his sixth goal in the NTDP U17s’ 7-3 loss to Sioux Falls.  2020 recruit Brian Carrabes had an assist for the Stampede and leads the team in scoring with 19 points.

Women’s Team

#8 Terriers return to action, hosting a weekend series against Maine. Both games at Walter Brown Arena begin at 3 p.m. preview and live-stream links

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