Sunday, October 02, 2016

Freshman Harper nets five in 10-2 romp over PEI

The plan had been for Patrick Harper to spend a season in the USHL before arriving on Commonwealth Ave. in 2017. However, after the 5'9", 160 lb. speedster racked up 59 points for Avon Old Farms, earning USHR's Prep Forward of the Year honors, Coach David Quinn and his staff determined he was ready for the jump to Division 1. Last night, Harper put the reasons for their confidence on display for BU fans.

In a penalty-riddled exhibition game at Agganis Arena, the #4-ranked Terriers thumped Prince Edward Island, 10-2, behind Harper’s five goals and two assists and classmate Clayton Keller’s hat trick. Freshman Dante Fabbro and junior Brandon Hickey also found the net for BU.

Seven of the scores were special team goals with the Terriers connecting on six of 11 power plays and on Harper’s third-period shorthander.

Sophomore Charlie McAvoy assisted on four goals while sophomore Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and freshman Chad Krys each recorded three helpers. BU scored four times in both the first and second periods and twice in the third.
Harper opened the scoring by taking a JFK pass at center ice, splitting the defense and roofing a shot at 3:16. Three minutes later, sophomore Jordan Greenway found Keller at the goalmouth and the rout was on.

Junior Connor LaCouvee stopped 11 of 13 shots, yielding two scores on 5-on-3 power plays. Freshman Jake Oettinger (7 saves) and sophomore Max Prawdzik (10) each pitched a shutout period.

BU killed 12 of 14 penalties including several two-man disadvantages. Terriers won 40 of 78 draws with Karlsson and Keller combining for 26 of 38 face-off wins.

Commenting on Harper's performance, captain Doyle Somerby, who, like Harper, came to BU directly from prep school, noted:

"His play speaks for itself, he’s extremely skilled as you guys saw. Five goals is tremendous, but it doesn’t surprise me with the work ethic that he puts in and the skill level that he has and how elusive he can be.”
Three stars: 1. Harper, 2.Keller, 3. McAvoy

● recap and box score
● Daily Free Press recap and analysis
WTBU Sports recap


Looking ahead
2017 recruit Ty Amonte assisted on a tying goal late in the third period in Penticton’s 3-2 overtime win against Trail. The right-shot forward has points in seven of the Vees’ eight games and 12 points overall

2017 recruit Hank Crone registered an assist in Fargo’s 5-2 loss to Sioux City.

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