Monday, January 21, 2019

Power play goals rocket BU past Merrimack; Cloonan scores!

Terrier special teams produced four goals—three on power plays and one shorthanded—as BU thumped Merrimack, 7-2, in a Martin Luther King, Jr., Day matinee at Agganis Arena. Six Terriers had multiple point games including Patrick Harper (1G,2A), David Farrance (2G), Shane Bowers (G,A), Joel Farabee (2A), Dante Fabbro (G,A) and Patrick Curry (2A).

Senior Ryan Cloonan, who in recent games set up first career goals for Matthew Quercia and Jack DeBoer, broke a goal-scoring drought that extended back to his freshman season. His tally gave BU its first lead of the game.

Merrimack drew first blood at 8:50 of the first period when Chase Gresock took a clean win of a draw and fired a shot from the top of the left circle past a screened Jake Oettinger. Six minutes later with BU on the power play, Farrance connected on a center point slapper with both Curry and Ty Amonte screening Craig Pantano. Harper and Curry picked up assists.

In the final minute of the period, after Cam Crotty’s slapshot from the high slot was saved, Cloonan banged the rebound off the left post and then pushed the carom between Pantano’s legs for his first goal of the season and a 2-1 Terrier lead. Shane Bowers also assisted on the goal.

BU extended the lead in the middle period, first on Max Willman’s unassisted shorthanded goal at 9:39, and then four minutes later when Harper cleaned up the rebound of Curry’s shot with Amonte picking up an assist. Just 20 seconds later, Logan Drevitch’s breakaway goal narrowed the lead to 4-2.

Terriers would tack on three more tallies in the third. At 2:02 co-captain Fabbro blistered home a shot from the left circle for BU’s second power play goal, assisted by Chad Krys and Farabee. Four minutes later with BU on another man advantage, Farabee beat a defender to the puck behind the net and sent it into the crease where Bowers knifed it home.

BU closed out the scoring at 10:25 when Harper found Farrance skating to the left circle where he fired the puck past Pantano glove side. Kasper Kotkansalo had the other assist.

Oettinger stopped 30 Warrior shots and, while playing with the lead most of the game, the junior netminder made several highlight reel goals in the final period. With 2:30 left in the period, he was relieved by Vinnie Purpura, making his Terrier debut after joining the team earlier this month.

Coach Albie O’Connell summed up the victory: “It was a good bounce-back win. … Special teams were good. Three power plays and a shorty.”

Willman’s shorthanded goal was BU’s seventh of the season.

BU enjoyed a dominant game in the faceoff circle, winning 36 of 55 draws.

With the win, BU is 5-1-1 in its last seven games.

Former BU head coach David Quinn, in Boston for yesterday’s Bruins-Rangers game, was in attendance at Agganis.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Daily Free Press recap
● WTBU Sports recap
● Boston Herald recap
●The Mack Report recap

Looking ahead
2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone scored a game-tying power play goal leading to Chicago’s 4-3 overtime win against the NTDP U17s.  2002 recruit Luke Tuch scored his ninth goal for Team USA.
USA Hockey recap and box score

Looking back
Charlie Coyle’s third-period goal was the game-winner in Minnesota’s 4-2 win against Las Vegas. Jordan Greenway contributed an assist for the Wild.

Nick Bonino scored his fourth goal in four games—and the 100th of his pro career—and added an assist in Nashville’s 4-1 win against Colorado.

Women’s Team
For the first time this season BU is ranked in the top 10 of the USCHO weekly poll. Terriers are 10-2-1 in their last 13 games, including sweeps of ranked conference opponents BC and Providence. Next up for BU is a home-and-home against Merrimack.

Game Day: Terriers host Merrimack; NHL draft midterms announced-UPDATED

Terriers will look to rebound from Saturday’s last-second loss to Quinnipiac as they host Merrimack today in Martin Luther King, Jr., matinee. Puck drop at Agganis Arena is at 4 p.m. The game will be aired on NESN and TSN; viewers outside New England can watch the live stream on TerrierTV.

The Warriors, who are coming off a 5-0 loss to New Hampshire, had defeated Michigan and Connecticut earlier this month. Back in October, the Warriors blanked BU, 4-0, for its first shutout in series history as goalie Craig Pantano stopped all 34 Terrier shots.

Merrimack's offense is led by Junior Tyler Irvine with 16 points and freshman Chase Gresock with 15, including a team-high six goals. Blueliner Johnathan Kovacevic has 12 points. Pantano has split the netminding duties with Drew Vogler.

BU, 2-1-1 in its four 2019 games, has seen increased scoring from its bottom six getting goals from Ty Amonte, Patrick Curry, Jack DeBoer and Matthew Quercia in recent games. Since returning from the World Junior Championships, Shane Bowers has produced six points (3G, 3A).
● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, TerrierTV, Terrier Sports Radio Network, BU GameDay 
● Boston Hockey Blog Live In-Game Blog 
● Daily Free Press preview 
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape 
The Mack Report 10 Things to Know about Merrimack’s matinee at BU 

Looking ahead 
NHL Central Scouting has issued its mid-term rankings. Eight BU recruits are among those on the North American ranking list: Trevor Zegras #7, Alex Vlasic #25, Case McCarthy #41, Braden Doyle #48, Robert Mastrosimone #49, Cade Webber #62 Domenick Fensore #89 and Ethan Phillips #91.

Women’s Team

Courtney Correia has been named Hockey East’s Rookie of the Week after contributing two goals –including Saturday’s game-winner—and two assists in the Terriers’ sweep of Holy Cross.  Correira has 11 points overall, tied with Kaleigh Donnelly, for most among BU freshmen.
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Former BU assistant coach Katie Lachapelle has been named Head Coach at Holy Cross beginning with the 2019-20 season. After nine season’s assisting BU Coach Brian Durocher,she’s in her second season as a Crusaders’ assistant.
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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Terriers lose to Quinnipiac, 4-3; Fortunato scores game-winner

For the second time in two games, the Terriers spotted their opponent a 2-0 lead.  However this time their slow start put an end to their five-game unbeaten streak, as former Terrier Brandon Fortunato scored his second goal of the game with 2.5 seconds left in regulation, enabling #7/6 Quinnipiac to leave Agganis with its first-ever win against BU.

The Bobcats got off to a 2-0 lead and outshot the Terriers 10-0 midway through the first period. Desi Burgart beat Jake Oettinger with a sharp-angle shot at 3:34. Then, at 12:37, Brandon Fortunato wristed home a seeing-eye shot from the left point.

BU failed to score on its first two power plays; however Patrick Curry got BU on the board only four seconds after the second one expired.  Ty Amonte took the puck past the goal line extended and backhanded a pass to Patrick Curry who was perched right in front of Bobcat goalie Andrew Shortridge. The junior forward wasted no time in depositing the puck into the Quinnipiac net to cut the deficit in half.

With less than two minutes to go in the first, the Terriers took advantage of a shorthanded opportunity.  Graduate transfer student Max Willman took control of the puck in the left face-off circle and dropped it to Amonte, who fired it past Shortridge to even the score at two apiece.

Six minutes into the third period, Quinnipiac forward Daniel Winslow converted a perfectly placed pass from Hobey Baker hopeful and Bobcat defenseman Chase Priskie and Quinnipiac regained the lead.  However, 73 seconds later, senior Terrier forward Ryan Cloonan skated past the goal line extended and found Shane Bowers in the far left circle.  The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native fired a one-timer for his eighth goal of the season and knotted the score at three apiece.

Just when it looked like the two teams were going to overtime, Fortunato skated into the BU zone and fed Wyatt  Bongiavanni, whose shot went off Oettinger and skittered toward the far post. Fortunato poked home the game winner with BU goalie Jake Oettinger (who made 40 saves for the evening) out of position with only 2.5 seconds left in regulation.

● recap and comprehensive box score
Video highlights and post-game interview with O'Connell
● Daily Free Press recap
● recap
● New Haven Register game summary

Looking ahead
● 2019 recruit Ethan Phillips scored his eighth goal of the season as the Sioux Falls Stampede defeated the Fargo Force, 7-4
● 2020 recruit Drew Commesso made 28 saves through regulation and overtime but his USNTDP U-17 team lost a 4-3 decision via shootout to the Green Bay Gamblers.

Looking back

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Former Terrier coach David Quinn made his first professional visit back to Boston a successful one, as his Rangers defeated the Bruins 3-2 and have a modest three-game winning streak to savor.  His former Terrier skaters Kevin Shattenkirk and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson each added an assist for the Rangers and Bruins, respectively.
● Newsday article
● recap and highlights

Jordan Greenway scored his 9th goal of the season, as the Wild defeated the Blue Jackets, 2-1.
● recap and highlights

 Colin Wilson scored his 9th goal of the season, as the Avalanche defeated the Kings, 7-1.
● recap and highlights

Women's Hockey
Junior forward Nastasza Tarnowski had two tallies and six Terriers scored goals as BU completed a home and home sweep of Hockey East newcomer Holy Cross with a 7-1 thumping.  Freshman forward Courtney Correia assisted on the tri-captain's first goal and scored the game-winner in a three-point performance.  Sammy Davis and McKenna Parker each recorded a goal and an assist.  The win gave the Terriers sole possession of third place in Hockey East and a 10-5-4 conference record.
● recap highlights and post-game interview with Durocher

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