Sunday, January 24, 2016

Carpenter & Lane power BU to a weekend sweep

Putting together one of its most complete efforts of the season, BU took an early 2-0 lead against Maine and never looked back, routing the Black Bears, 6-1, at Agganis Arena. Senior assistant captain Matt Lane and freshman Bobo Carpenter each scored twice, with junior Doyle Somerby and senior Danny O’Regan getting the other two goals.

Passes from Oskar Andrén and Robbie Baillargeon sent Carpenter in alone on Maine goalie Rob McGovern. Carpenter beat the Maine goalie glove side for a lead five minutes into the game. Somerby scored the eventual game-winner 31 seconds later on a wrap-around.

Carpenter scored his second of the game—and seventh of the season— following a terrific entry pass from freshman Charlie McAvoy, who also dealt out several heavy checks.  Then, Lane cashed in a pass from senior Ahti Oksanen to increase the lead to 4-0 before Cam Brown beat Sean Maguire from the high slot to end the netminder’s shutout bid. O’Regan converted the rebound of a Somerby shot late in the second period to stretch the lead to 5-1. Lane’s second goal early in the final period to close the scoring was his 13th, tying him with Oksanen for the team lead.

BU outshot Maine 36-23. Maguire was tested less often than on Friday, but was sharp none-the-less, making 22 saves.

Summing up the strong 60-minute performance, Head Coach David Quinn pointed out: 

“We were skating; we were pressuring the puck; there was an urgency to our game. One of the things that we’re trying to do is make teams earn ice, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that this weekend”

Lane added:

"We need sweeps, and we need to string together some wins. We know what we’re capable of as a team, and in a sense we didn’t feel we were meeting our standards. This is maybe the first weekend where we’ve played six good periods from start to finish.”

Three stars:  1. Carpenter, 2. Somerby, 3. Lane.
Somerby’s game-winner was his third of the season. 
12 Terriers—eight forwards and four defensemen—have reached double figures in points. 
Andrén gained his first points as a Terrier, assisting on Carpenter’s first and Lane’s second. 
Lane and Carpenter also led BU’s dominance in the face off circle, winning nine draws apiece, as BU took 35 of 55 draws. 
After yielding two power play goals Friday night, BU had six successful penalty kills on Saturday. 

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Post-game comments: Quinn; Lane & Carpenter
● Daily Free Press recap; Carpenter notches 2 goals
● Boston Hockey Blog Pluses & Minuses
● USCHO recap
● Press Herald recap

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller scored a goal and an assist in the NTDP U18’s third-period rally to tie Michigan State, but the U18s lost in overtime, 3-2. With two points, Keller upped his team-leading points total to 71 (25G, 46A).
USA Hockey recap

2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk assisted on a power play goal for the NTDP U17s, who dropped a 5-4 decision to the Madison Capitols.

2017 recruit Patrick Harper (photo) scored a goal and assisted on three others as top-ranked Avon Old Farms doubled up Berkshire, 8-4, running its unbeaten streak to 12 games (10 wins, 2 ties). Harper leads the Winged Beavers with 34 points (11 G, 23A) in 14 games.

2018 recruit Tyler Weiss scored his 16th goal in the Don Mills Flyers’ 2-1 win over the Junior Canadians and assisted on the Flyers only goal in a 1-1 tie with the Mississauga Senators. Weiss leads the Flyers with 34 points in 25 games.
Looking back

Photo by Just Sports Photography
The Providence Journal spoke with former Terrier standout and U.S. Olympian Clark Donatelli about his coaching career. He took over as head coach of the AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins earlier this season when former BU captain Mike Sullivan was elevated to head coach in Pittsburgh. Last season’s coach of the Baby Penguins, John Hynes, is now head coach of the New Jersey Devils. 

Charlie Coyle scored his 12th goal of the season in Minnesota’s 4-3 loss to San Jose, converting a power play rebound.
● recap and video

Women's Team
Resuming conference play, the Terriers dominated Providence with a 5-1 win at Agganis Arena. Sophomore Rebecca Leslie scored twice and added an assist. Victoria Bach tallied her team-leading 15th goal, while Rebecca Russo and Alexis Crossley also found the net. Victoria Hanson stopped 20 of 21 shots for BU.
● recap and comprehensive box score
●Post-game comments: Head Coach Brian Durocher

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