Sunday, November 15, 2015

JFK's 3-point night powers tie with Friars--UPDATED

The outcome was the same as Friday, a tie with #1 Providence College, but the path to the tie was quite different. In a more penalty-filled game, with more goals and many more scoring chances, BU scored three times in the third period to wipe out a 2-0 deficit, briefly gain the lead and then settle for a tie.

Freshman Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, who earned first-star honors, had a hand in all three goals, assisting on the first by senior Ahti Oksanen and scoring the next two himself.

Providence took a first-period lead when a turnover at the sideboards sent the puck to Brian Pinho all alone in the slot and he beat BU’s Connor LaCouvee. The Friars doubled the lead midway through the second when Jake Walman scored a 5-on-3 power play goal. But after having been bottled up by Providence, BU began to turn the momentum following the successful kill of a bench penalty and then putting on the pressure during a late second-period power play.Coach David Quinn noted:

“We miss some open nets, we hit some posts. Even though we’re down 2-0 going into the third, we kind of felt pretty good about the way that period ended and the way that period was overall.”
Oksanen’s sharp-angle power play goal off the post early in the third, assisted by JFK and captain Matt Grzelcyk, got BU on the board and the large crowd loudly into the game. Then just seven seconds after another Terrier power play had ended, the center from Stockholm wristed home a screened shot from the top of the circle, assisted by Danny O’Regan and Brien Diffley, to knot the score at two apiece. Just three minutes later with BU back on the power play, JFK took a pass from Brandon Fortunato, cut to the high slot and whipped a shot past PC’s Nick Ellis for BU’s first and only lead, 3-2.

It lasted only 77 seconds. The Friarson a power play after a slashing call on Matt Lane that was dubious at best and fictitious at worstscored the equalizer on Walman’s second of the game. The Terriers, who outshot Providence in the third by a 20-8 margin, continued to press but couldn’t provide a fourth goal. As was the case Friday night, overtime didn’t produce a winner.

LaCouvee, making his fifth consecutive start, delivered another strong effort, rejecting 32 shots.  In the third period, he turned aside a Kevin Rooney breakaway and his save on a Providence three-on-one during a BU power play kept the Terriers in the game and in overtime to keep the score tied.
JFK enabled BU to pursue its puck possession game, dominating the faceoff circle with 22 of 28 wins. Overall, the Terriers won 38 of 65 draws.
Addressing the third-period comeback, Grzelcyk pointed out:
“We were down a lot last year, and I think we kind of learned from that. And I think we tried not to get frustrated as best as possible.” recap and comprehensive box score   
Video Highlights; BU goals: Oksanen, JFK 1, JFK 2 
Post-game comments: David Quinn, Matt Grzelcyk
● Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
USCHO recap
SB Nation recap 

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller’s overtime goal lifted the NTDP U18s past Niagara University 3-2.  Kieffer Bellows, who scored his team-leading 16th goal on a slapshot to get Team USA on the board earlier in the game, assisted his fellow recruit and linemate on the game-winner. 

USA Hockey photo by Rena Laverty
Keller, who leads the U18s in scoring with 35 pointsv(13G, 22A), scored just 1:37 into overtime, whipping a backhand through the Purple Eagles' goalie's five hole. U18 head coach Danton Cole said:
"It was an outstanding play. Clayton has a knack. If you look at most of our overtime games, he seems to have a hand in winning the game."

USA Hockey recap, box score and team stats
Hometown News recap

2016 recruit Vas Kolias assisted on Youngstown’s first goal in a 2-1 win over Chicago. The defenseman from Schaumberg, Illinois has three points this season.

2016 recruit Dante Fabbro assisted on the third-period tie-breaking goal as Pencticton edged Cowichan Valley, 3-2, for its 22nd consecutive victory. The right-shot defenseman has 27 points in 17 games, just six shy of last season's total of 33.
Women’s Team
Two goals apiece by senior Sarah Lefort and junior Maddie Elia powered the Terriers to a 5-3 win against Maine at Walter Brown Arena. With the teams entering the third period knotted at 3-3, BU fired 15 shots on the Black Bears’ net with Elia breaking the tie at 11:56, assisted by Rebecca Leslie and Rebecca Russo. Elia then hit the empty net for her 10th goal of the season.
Lefort started the fireworks just 57 seconds into the game, scoring with an assist from senior captain Kayla Tutino.  Sophomore Victoria Bach gave BU a 2-1 lead with an unassisted goal late in the first. Maine scored twice in the second to take a 3-2 lead, but Lefort scored a power play goal, late in the second, assisted by Bach and Leslie.

Lefort’s second goal was the 82nd of her career, passing Marie-Philip Poulin and making her the program’s all-time leader.

Junior netminder Victoria Hanson stopped 30 Black Bear shots to earn the win. recap and comprehensive box score

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