Sunday, November 29, 2015

Terriers rally to tie Cornell, retain Kelley-Harkness Trophy in shootout--UPDATED

#11/12 Terriers came from behind twice in the third period with goals from freshmen Bobo Carpenter and Jordan Greenway and sophomore AJ Greer to tie Cornell, 3-3, in the fifth edition of Red Hot Hockey before a vocal crowd of 17,154 at New York's Madison Square Garden. 

After a five-minute overtime produced no victor, a shootout was played to determine which team would take home the Kelley-Harkness Trophy and seniors Danny O'Regan, Ahti Oksanen and Matt Lane all converted their chances to give BU a 3-2 shootout win.

Cornell, which outweighed BU by nearly 10 pounds per player, got its cycling game going early and controlled play during the opening minutes. BU rebounded to have a 10-9 shot advantage for the period and nearly scored on a shot that hit iron.

Cornell took the lead early in the second. After BU effectively killed most of a penalty to John MacLeod, Anthony Angello deflected a shot from center point past Connor LaCouvee. Five minutes later, the Big Red doubled the lead after LaCouvee failed to cover a loose puck and two quick passes allowed Trevor Yates to slide the puck home. BU had a golden opportunity in the final minutes of the period but O’Regan was robbed on a 2-on-1 by Cornell’s Mitch Gillam.

“I thought we started getting our legs under us a little bit and started playing much better, playing the way we need to play if we’re going to have success,” said Head Coach David Quinn. "And ironically, I thought we had a decent second period even though we were down 2-0.”

Terriers put their foot on the gas in the third and were rewarded at 5:36 when Carpenter snapped a wrist shot past Gillam following passes from Greer and Nikolas Olsson. Three minutes later, Greer fired from the left circle and beat Gillam high to the stick side after passes from Olsson and Charlie McAvoy. Cornell regained the lead midway through the period on Holden Anderson’s deflection; but at 16:05, a gritty goal knotted the score again. Lane put a sharp-angle shot on net and Greenway jammed the loose puck home.

Photo by Matt Dewkett, College Hockey News
BU continued to dominate in the five-minute overtime, holding Cornell without a shot while taking six shots, four coming on a power play. Both teams were stymied on their first shootout attempts; then O’Regan’s and Oksanen’s goals were matched by Cornell, setting the stage for Lane’s decisive goal. LaCouvee made the final save, charged out of his net and was mobbed by his teammates. (video)

►Greer was named the game’s first star and Greenway received the third star.

LaCouvee stopped 22 of 25 Big Red shots while his counterpart made 40 saves. BU outshot Cornell 16-6 in the third period and 6-0 in the overtime.

Complete game replays are available from TerrierTV and the Ivy League Digital Network.

● recap and comprehensive box score
Post-game comments: Coach David Quinn/Greer/Greenway
● Daily Free Press recap; Strong performances from Greer & Greenway
Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
● USCHO recap
● Scott Weighart feature:Newcomers shine on Big Stage
College Hockey News recap

Women’s Team

Terriers dropped a 4-2 decision to an opportunistic Cornell team in the opening round of the Windjammer Classic in Burlington, Vermont. BU held a 2-1 lead during the first period after seniors Sarah Lefort and Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga connected for a pair of goals within a minute. Lefort’s tally came on a power play. The Big Red knotted the score late in the first and added two second-period goals, with the second coming just 16 seconds from the end of the period. 

BU pressured Cornell throughout the final period, with a 10-5 shots advantage, but was unable to find the net. Terriers play Ohio State today with puck drop set for 1 p.m.  The game will be available on CatamouTV.
● recap and comprehensive box score 

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