Saturday, November 19, 2016

LaCouvee, Chabot lead BU past UConn, 2-1

#5/4 Terriers scored a pair of first-period goals and junior goalie Connor LaCouvee made them stand up for a 2-1 win against Connecticut at Hartford’s XL Center. LaCouvee, in his first start of the season, turned aside 29 shots, including 12 in the second period when UConn had four power plays, and earned first-star honors.

Photo by Maddie Malhotra/DFP
Jordan Greenway got BU on the board just 3:28 into the game, when he found the net from the top of the right faceoff circle, assisted by Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Patrick Harper. Then, at the 16 minute mark, freshman Gabriel Chabot (photo) wristed a shot from the right side past UConn’s Rob Nichols for his first collegiate tally. Linemates Tommy Kelley and Patrick Curry assisted.

BU controlled the play through the first ten minutes of the middle period, but seconds after his shot rang off the post, Kieffer Bellows drew the first of three consecutive Terrier penalties that led to a 12-8 shot advantage for the Huskies.

UConn finally broke LaCouvee’s shutout bid seven minutes into the third period as its final power play was running out. Spencer Naas scored from the left dot after receiving a cross-ice pass.

When the Huskies pulled Nichols in the final minutes, Bobo Carpenter blocked Tage Thompson’s slapshot, denying UConn’s best chance to tie the game.

Commenting on LaCouvee’s performance, junior Brandon Hickey said:

“You saw a lot of energy from the kid right out of the gate. You can tell he was focused in, and everything that was coming his way he was stopping early on. That’s a big confidence booster for the guys up in front of him.”

BU dominated in the faceoff circle with Forsbacka Karlsson and Bobo Carpenter combining to win 31 of 50.

BU is now undefeated in its first three Hockey East contests for just the second time since 2002. The 2010-11 squad went 4-0-4 in its first eight games.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Daily Free Press recap , LaCouvee shines
Video highlights
● Post-game comments: Coach David Quinn
● recap
● Hartford Courant recap

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk scored a goal and added an assist in the NTDP U18s’ 6-3 loss to Michigan. The 6-2 forward has 11 points (5G, 6A).
● USA Hockey recap

2017 recruit Hank Crone scored his fifth goal and added an assist in Fargo’s 5-0 blanking of Omaha. The Texas native, who scored 41 points last season, now has 17 for the Force.

2017 recruit Ty Amonte scored his eighth goal for Penticton in the Vees' 7-2 win over Coquitlam. Amonte, who played prep hockey at Thayer Academy for his dad, Tony Amonte, has 21 points in 24 games.

2018 recruit Tyler Weiss scored a highlight reel breakaway goal and fellow recruits Jake Wise and Joel Farabee recorded assists in the NTDP U17s’ 6-2 loss to Bloomington. Farabee leads the team with 12 points, while Weiss and Wise each have eight points.
● USA Hockey recap

Looking back
Ahti Oksanen scored twice--his first multiple goal game as a pro and second consecutive multiple point game--in Greenville's 4-3 win against Florida in ECHL action. He earned the game's first star. recap

Former BU captain Pete MacArthur scored the game-winner for Adirondack in its 2-1 win against Utah.

Women’s Team
BU scored five times in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat Merrimack, 7-3, in North Andover. The offensive outburst featured junior Rebecca Leslie’s hat trick, classmate Victoria Bach’s 100th career point and freshman Breanna Scarpaci’s first collegiate goal. Grad student Mary Parker and freshman Deziray De Sousa also found the net for BU.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Bach and Leslie

BU hosts Merrimack today at Agganis Arena with puck drop set for 3 p.m.

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