Sunday, October 09, 2016

Harper, Oettinger pace BU to 6-1 win at Colgate

#3/4 Terriers combined offensive punch and near-flawless goaltending to thwart Colgate in the season's lid-lifter, 6-1, at the Red Raiders’ new Class of 1965 Arena. Freshman Patrick Harper led the way with a pair of goals, while classmate Jake Oettinger turned aside 29 shots, including 12 in the final stanza.

Harper, fresh off his USHR Prep Forward of the Year season at Avon Old Farms, opened the scoring with a wrister from the high slot during a 5-on-3 power play. Later in the period, Nick Roberto, skating for the first time since the 2015 NCAA title game, banged home the rebound of Nikolas Olsson’s short-handed bid to double the lead.

Harper’s second goal, assisted by Clayton Keller and Brandon Hickey, extended the lead in the second period, while Oettinger defended nine consecutive Colgate shots late in the period to keep the score at 3-0.

Any Colgate hopes for a comeback were crushed in a 2:13 stretch early in the third period. First, junior Tommy Kelley (photo) one-timed a shot past the Raiders' Charlie Finn  with freshmen Gabriel Chabot and Johnny McDermott picking up their first career points. Then Keller deflected home a Hickey pass, with another rookie, Kieffer Bellows, also assisting. Finally, junior Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored from the goalmouth with helpers from senior  captain Doyle Somerby  and sophomore Bobo Carpenter, who had rung a shot off the post earlier in the game.

With less than 10 minutes left, Oettinger lost his shutout bid when Mike Panowyk’s wrap-around shot eluded the netminder.

Thirteen of 18 BU skaters registered a point.

►Oettinger was the first American goaltender to start for BU in 315 games, a streak dating back to the beginning of the 2008-09 season, when Brett Bennett was a BU netminder.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video Highlights (when available)
● Full-game video archive
● Post-game comments (video): Quinn, Oettinger
● Daily Free Press: recap
● Daily Free Press: Oettinger impresses vs. Colgate
● recap

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Hank Crone scored a pair of goals—including the unassisted game winner—and added an assist as Fargo doubled up Dubuque, 4-2
● USHL box score

2017 recruit Ty Amonte scored his fifth goal of the season late in the third period to tie the score and Penticton went on to defeat Merritt in overtime, 4-3.
● BCHL box score
● Penticton Vees’ recap

Women’s Team
#9/10 Terriers are in Burlington, Vt., today to take on the Catamounts in a 2 p.m. start with a live-stream available on Catamount TV. BU looks to win a third straight Hockey East game after having dispatched Providence and New Hampshire. Through two games, sophomore Sammy Davis, (photo) with six assists, and senior Samantha Sutherland, with five goals, are BU’s top scorers.

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