Sunday, December 04, 2016

Terriers rally late to tie Providence, 2-2

Third-period goals by BU's Brandon Hickey and Nikolas Olsson negated a 2-0 Providence lead and, after a scoreless overtime, both teams walked away with a point in the Hockey East race.

Despite early Terrier dominance, the season long penchant for penalties caught up with BU. The Friars converted on their first power play opportunity when Scott Conway got behind the defense and beat Jake Oettinger short side. Five minutes later, just as BU completed another penalty, Oettinger’s skate caught a defender’s blade, causing him to lose balance and be unable to stop a Jake Walman shot that doubled the lead.

BU matched those 16 shots in the third, but had nothing to show for it until late in the third when Hickey controlled a puck along the left boards, drove to the net and backhanded home his own rebound. Olsson and Patrick Curry assisted on the goal. Two and a half minutes later Charlie McAvoy found Olsson in the slot for his second goal in as many games, with Curry notching his second assist. 

The best scoring opportunity of the overtime came with BU killing yet another penalty. Nick Roberto’s clear to center ice sent Bobo Carpenter in on a breakaway. His shot from the right dot was stopped by Hayden Hawkey as time expired.

BU dominated the face off dot again winning 44 of 67 draws. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson controlled 22 of 28.

Oettinger finished the weekend with 68 saves—good for a .958 save percentage and a 1.45 goals-against average.

Taking note of BU’s 10 penalties, Coach David Quinn said:

“It’s just undisciplined. It’s frustrating because it’s incredibly impactful when we take that many penalties … You put yourself behind the eight ball, and right now that’s the theme for our season, the penalties.”

● recap and comprehensive box score

● Post-game comments: Quinn
● Daily Free Press recap, Olsson steps up
SB Nation recap

Looking ahead

2017 recruit Ty Amonte scored his 11th goal in Penticton’s 3-1 win against Powell River. The right-shot forward has goals in each of his last three games and in five of the last eight.

The’s recent “Draft sleepers” article includes a look at 2017 recruit Shane Bowers and video highlights of his 2015-16 season.

Looking back
Team captain John McCarthy scored a goal and Danny O’Regan assisted on another, but the San Jose Barracuda was edged by San Antonio, 4-3.  Former Terrier AJ Greer tallied his team-leading tenth assist (and team-leading 15th point) for the Rampage.

Women's Team
Terriers dropped a 2-1 decision to Connecticut at Walter Brown Arena. Sophomore Sammy Davis' second period power play goal knotted the score at 1-1, but the Huskies retaliated a minute later with a short-handed goal that was the game-winner. The loss ended BU's winning streak at six games and graduate student Mary Parker's goal streak at nine games. recap and comprehensive box score

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