Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Looking ahead

2020 recruit Josh Lawrence leads the #9 nationally ranked Selects Academy 16Us in scoring with 83 points (27G, 56A) in 49 games.

Looking back

Charlie McAvoy assisted on the tying goal and then scored the overtime game-winner (video) in the Bruins’ 4-3 win against Carolina. The former BU All-American has seven goals and 30 points. McAvoy and Will Butcher are tied for second, by one point, among rookie blueliners in scoring.

Former Terrier standout Danny O’Regan has been reunited with his Terrier linemates, Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues, after being traded to the Sabres by San Jose as part of a deal for Evander Kane.  The 2017 AHL Rookie of the Year, had 25 points in 31 games for the San Jose Barracuda this year, along with four points in 19 games with the Sharks.
● Boston Terriers reunited in Buffalo

Women’s Team
Terriers season came to an end with a heartbreaking loss in game three of their quarterfinal series against Maine. BU took a 3-0 lead early in the third period only to see the Black Bears’s Stacey Brooke fashion a hat trick to tie the score. Maine’s Tereza Vanisova netted the game-winner at 4:39 of overtime.

BU scored twice in the first period on power play goals by captain Rebecca Leslie and Victoria Bach. An unassisted tally by NataszaTarnowski gave BU its 3-0 lead. Goalie Erin O’Neil stopped 36 shots.
● recap and comprehensive box score
● Daily Free Press recap; A look back at the season

Bach was named Hockey East Player of the Month for February, her third monthly honor of the season. The senior led the league for the month with seven goals and 13 points and closed the month on a seven game point streak.  A finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, Bach finished her BU career as all-time leader in goals (104) and points (198).
● report

Sunday, February 25, 2018

BU and UVM tie, 1-1; Women force third game at Maine

Terriers poured 34 shots on Vermont goalie Stefanos Lekkas but only produced one goal and had to settle for a 1-1 tie in the regular-season finale. Jordan Greenway’s first period goal held up until the opening minute of the third period when Alex Esposito scored on a power play to knot the score.

BU finishes the season in fourth place and, following a first-round bye in the Hockey East playoffs, will host Connecticut in the best-of-three quarterfinals beginning March 9. 

Greenway’s goal at 18:44 came on a wrist shot from the high slot off a set-up by Brady Tkachuk. Kasper Kotkansalo also assisted. BU dominated the middle period with a 17-9 shot advantage with eight shots coming on power plays, but failed to beat Lekkas.

At the end of the second period, Tkachuk took a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a hit to the head.  The power play continued into the third period and just 38 seconds in, Esposito took a pass just below the right circle and beat Jake Oettinger for the equalizer.  Oettinger finished the game with 28 saves.

Coach David Quinn summed up the contest, saying:

I thought it was a sloppy game from our end too often. We had our chances on the power play. Their goalie made some great saves.”

He went on to announce that sophomore Patrick Harper, sidelined since January 6, would miss the rest of the season, but will make a full recovery and play next season:

Good news is he’s going to be fine, it’s nothing too serious. I couldn’t pronounce [the illness] if you put a gun to my head. We literally got word today so we’ll elaborate on it a little bit later.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn; Greenway & Hickey
● Daily Free Press recap; Greenway impresses   
● WTBU recap  

Women's Team
A pair of goals from senior captain Rebecca Leslie and tallies by senior Victoria Bach and freshman Jesse Compher paced BU to a 4-1 win over Maine, forcing a deciding third game in the Hockey East quarterfinal series at Alfond Arena. The teams face off today at 2 p.m.  (Live stream)

Bach gave BU an early lead with an unassisted score in the first period. Leslie and Compher ( a shorthander) extended the lead to 3-0 in the middle stanza. A Maine unassisted goal in the third narrowed the lead, but senior goalie Erin O’Neil stopped 10 Black Bear shots in the period, while Leslie’s empty-netter produced the final 4-1 score.
● recap and comprehensive box score

Saturday, February 24, 2018

BU blanks Vermont to clinch #4 seed; 100th win for Quinn

Behind goals from Drew Melanson and David Farrance and a 33-save effort by Jake Oettinger, BU blanked Vermont, 2-0, at Agganis Arena to nail down the fourth seed in the Hockey East Playoffs.  For Oettinger, it was his fourth shutout of the season, having previously blanked Providence, Maine and Arizona State. 

The game also marked a milestone for Head Coach David Quinn, who notched his 100th win, joining Harry Cleverly, Jack Kelley and Jack Parker as BU coaches who reached the century mark.

After a bye week, BU will host a quarterfinal, best-of-three series against either Maine or Connecticut beginning March 9. (Playoff format).   BU and Vermont conclude the regular season tonight at 7 p.m. with Senior Night Ceremonies preceding the contest. The game will be live-streamed on Terrier TV.

Jordan Greenway, who suited up a day after returning from the PyeongChang Olympic Games, set up a power play goal early in the first period, centering a pass in the slot to Melanson, who fought off a Catamount defender, to beat Stefanos Lekkas. Hank Crone also assisted and has seven points in his last eight games.

BU extended the lead early in the second. Gabriel Chabot disrupted a Vermont rush in the neutral zone with the puck deflecting to Farrance racing into the offensive zone. From the left faceoff circle, he wired a shot short side over Lekkas’s shoulder.

After outshooting the Catamounts over two periods, 27-21, BU was on the short end of shots in the third, 12-8, but did a good job of getting the puck deep in the Vermont zone and minimizing grade A scoring chances.  BU also dominated the faceoff circle with Bobo Carpenter and Shane Bowers combining to win 14 of 19 draws.

Greenway’s return also paid dividends on the penalty kill where BU had struggled in his absence. Last night, the Terriers were a perfect four-for-four on the PK.

After giving up two-goal leads in some recent games, Quinn was particularly pleased with how his squad closed out last night’s win:

“I thought we really played smart hockey. They outshot us but I thought we did a really good job of keeping things on the perimeter and not giving up odd-man rushes. We had a boatload of chances to make it 3-0 and we just couldn’t, but I really liked an awful lot about that third period.”

He also had praise for Farance whose shift to forward has helped the third line provide offensive contributions:

He’s doing a lot of good things, he’s playing good hockey, he’s a very talented player. That’s a heck of a shot he made to make it 2-0 and give us some breathing room. He’s coming along for sure.”

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Quinn; Oettinger & Farrance
● Daily Free Press recap; Oettinger’s fourth shutout  
● WTBU recap and audio highlights

Looking ahead

2018 recruit Jake Wise’s first-period power play goal was the game-winner in the NTDP U18s’ 4-1 win against Central Illinois. Wise and fellow recruit Jack DeBoer had also assisted on Team USA’s first goal. Tyler Weiss also picked up a helper.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

2020 recruit Dylan Peterson drops the puck to fellow recruit Donovan Sebrango, then heads to the net for a return pass and converted the game-winner in overtime as CIHA Midget White edged Navan U18 AAA4, 5-4. It was Peterson’s second goal and defenseman Sebrango’s third assist.

In the Voyageurs previous game, a 6-3 win against Cornwall U18, Peterson had a four-point game with two goals and two assists. He leads CIHA in scoring with an 11-19-30 line in 26 games, while Sebrango has five goals and 16 assists.

2021 recruit Jeremy Wilmer now has 73 points (34G, 39A) for the Long Island Gulls 14U Bantam Majors, equaling his total of last season with the 14U Bantam Minors.

Women’s Team
Terriers’ dropped a 3-2 decision to Maine in the opener of a best-of-three quarterfinal series at Alfond Arena. The Black Bears took an early 1-0 lead and then scored twice more within a minute for a 3-0 lead. Nina Rodgers got BU on the board late in the first assisted by captain Rebecca Leslie and Victoria Bach.  Midway through the second period, Bach narrowed the margin to one with a power play goal, assisted by Leslie and Jesse Compher.

BU outshot Maine 16-6 in the third period—including a breakaway opportunity for Bach— but couldn’t produce an equalizer. The teams play again today at 2 p.m. with BU looking to stave off elimination.

Leslie’s two assists gave her a program record 101 career assists, surpassing Marie-Philip Poulin’s 100. She has 32 helpers this season and 53 points overall.

● recap and comprehensive box score

Friday, February 23, 2018

Game Day: BU hosts Vermont; Bach a Kazmaier finalist

Terriers begin the final weekend of the regular season with a pair of home games against Vermont and an opportunity to clinch fourth place in Hockey East. Tonight’s contest at Agganis Arena starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.

UConn’s loss to UMass last night guarantees BU either fourth or fifth seed and a bye in the first playoff round. Terriers would secure fourth place by taking three points from the Catamounts. Any points Maine fails to get in its series with BC would reduce that number.

Vermont dropped a pair of games to Northeastern last weekend, but in recent weeks has produced wins against Lowell and Providence, along with a tie against the Friars—
all on their home ice. The Catamount attack is led by Colton Ross with 15 goals and 21 points and Alex Esposito with 19 points. One-time BU commit Liam Coughlin has 14 points. Sophomore goalie Stefnos Lekkas brings a 2.88 GAA and  .912 save percentage to the game.

It is expected that Jordan Greenway, who returned to Boston yesterday, will be in the Terrier line-up. Patrick Harper, who has not played since January 6, remains sidelined by illness.


Melanson -Bowers- Carpenter
Hickey Fabbro
● Boston Hockey Blog Live In-Game Blog
● Daily Free Press preview
●WTBU Sports preview
● Hockey East Online Weekend preview
● Burlington Free Press preview
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape

This week’s episode of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Terrier Head Coach David Quinn and Vermont Head Coach Kevin Sneddon.

Looking back
Nick Bonino scored his ninth goal in the Predators' 7-1 rout of San Jose.

Colin Wilson scored his sixth goal in the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime loss to Edmonton.
Women’s Team
Terriers begin a best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series against Maine at Alfond Arena. It marks the first time BU is playing a Hockey East playoff series on the road. BU finished sixth in the conference while the Black Bears were third. Maine swept the season series, taking all three games.

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats
● Maine All-Access Live stream
Daily Free Press preview, Steady second line

Senior Victoria Bach has been named a Top -10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in Women’s Division 1 hockey. Bach is second in the nation in goals (36), first in goals per game (1.20) and third in points per game (2.03).

She joins Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Lefort as Terriers nominated for the Kazmaier.
● report  

Poulin and Jenn Wakefield of Team Canada earned silver medals at the PyeongChang Olympics after Team USA won the gold-medal game, 3-2, in a shootout. Poulin had given Canada a 2-1 lead before the U.S. tied the score in the third period.  In the 2010 and 2014 gold-medal games (both against Team USA), Poulin scored the game-winning goals.
● report

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