Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Rookie honors for Farabee; Women move up to #8 in USCHO poll

For the second time this season Joel Farabee has been named Hockey East Rookie of the Week. The freshman wing scored twice—including the game-winner—in Friday’s win against Arizona State and now ranks second in scoring for the Terriers with 20 points. Patrick Harper, with three points in the 7-2 win against Merrimack, and Jake Oettinger, with 68 saves in the two wins, were named to the weekly list of top performers.
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Defkit’s Terrier Takeaway from Saturday’s loss to ASU
- I thought BU played well in the first period, but as the game continued, ASU's strength and experience showed through. The most noticeable deficiency was not having anyone in the slot area to follow up on shots. I think ASU just out muscled us and we couldn't get to those areas. There were very few second opportunities. By the third period, we looked exhausted and it was just tough to generate any chances.
- Joel Farabee had a rough game in terms of decision making. The biggest example was making a drop pass to nobody (actually to two Sun Devils) when we had a virtual 3 on 1. I believe the play led to ASU's first goal. On the heels of two late penalties on Friday night, I think Farabee is likely going to be hearing some thoughts from the coaches. He is clearly a talented player and he is having a nice freshman season, but his youth is showing through against these older teams.
-  I thought Vinnie Purpura played well. He did give up some pretty juicy rebounds but his movement and positioning looked solid. The first two goals would have been tough to stop for anyone. The third was just a great play by ASU to get it on net quickly before he was able to cover the other post.
- Jack DeBoer is looking better and faster than he did early on. However he took a very dumb penalty erasing what would have been a full power play to start the third period. Again, the youth factor.
- I thought Dante Fabbro had a strong game. The more I see him this year, the more I realize that he may be one of the best all-around defensemen we have had at BU for some time, and we have certainly had some good ones. I can't see any way the Predators let him stay for his senior year. He might need a year in the AHL, but I think he has a very long NHL career ahead of him. A treat to watch.
- Kudos to the ASU program for coming such a long way in such a short time. While their strategy to this point may have been to recruit older players with size, I have to think it won't be long before they start landing some USNDTP players, especially if they get into a conference.
- Looking ahead, I think BU could actually look better against a team like UMass than against ASU, because of what they bring. I think this team can still make some noise down the stretch, but I imagine there is no route to the NCAAs other than winning the HE tournament at this point.

Looking ahead
USA Hockey profile of 2019 recruit Trevor Zegas, who scored a pair of goals in the U18s’ win against Muskegon and now has 53 points (15G, 38A) in 36 games.

McKeen’s Hockey’s midseason rankings for the 2019 NHL Entry draft has Zegras at #10 and 2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone at #31.

2021 recruit Roman Schmidt has been named to Ontario’s 16U team for Canada’s Winter Games. The 6’5” right-shot defenseman for Don Mills Flyers is ranked among the top prospects for the 2019 OHL draft.

Looking back  

 Evan Rodrigues scored a goal and assisted on the game winner in Buffalo’s 5-4 win against Columbus. Rodrigues has scored a goal in each of the last four games for the Sabres.
● recap and video highlights

Women’s Team
Following a win and a tie against Merrimack, the Terriers moved up from #10 to #8 in the USCHO Weekly Poll.
Sammy Davis (2G, 2A), Mackenna Parker (2G, A) and Kristin Schuler (3G) were named to Hockey East’s Weekly list of top performers.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

BU blanked by Sun Devils, 3-0

Freshman Vinnie Purpura made his Terrier debut in goal last night, but it was Arizona State netminder Joey Daccord who made the biggest statement, stopping 28 BU shots en route to a 3-0 win at Agganis Arena. The Sun Devils got a pair of goals from Johnny Walker, the leading goal-scorer in Division 1, who now has 21.

Unlike Friday night’s BU win, Arizona State used its size and physicality to negate the Terriers speed and consistently broke up entry passes.  The first period was scoreless with the best scoring chance coming off Max Willman’s stick close in. But Daccord made a 4-star save.

Early in the second period, ASU capitalized on a 3-on-2 rush with trailer Filip Buncis rifling a shot past Purpura from the the high slot. The visitors doubled the lead in the final minutes of the period when Walker eluded a BU defender and redirected a blue line slap shot behind Purpura.

In the third period, Walker controlled a rebound in the right circle and whipped a sharp-angle shot home for the 3-0 final score.

 Daily Free Press photo by Emily Hunter

Despite the loss, Coach Albie O’Connell was pleased with Purpura’s performance, noting: “Our goalie was our best player. It was a really good effort by him.

O’Connell added: “We had a ton of chances. We could have had 50 shots tonight if we were willing to shoot the puck.”

● recap and comprehensive box score

● Daily Free Press recap
WTBU Sports recap

● Boston Herald recap

Looking ahead

2019 recruit Trevor Zegras score twice in the NTDP U18’s 4-1 win against Muskegon. Fellow recruits Alex Vlasic and Dominic Fensore assisted on Zegras’ second tally and Vlasic added another helper as well.

● USA Hockey recap and box score

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone scored his 15th and 16th goals in Chicago Steel’s 7-2 win against Fargo.

2020 recruit Braden Doyle scored a goal and added an assist as Lawrence Academy defeated Tabor, 5-1, on Friday. Yesterday he assisted on the Spartans’ only goal in #3-ranked Lawrence’s 1-1 tie with #6 Dexter, coached by former Terrier Dan Donato. NeutralZone Prep:

Doyle is perhaps the best puck handler on the blue line in all of prep hockey. When he is involved offensively, Lawrence is tough to defend. Really talented player.

 Women's Team 
#10 Terriers and Merrimack played to a 3-3 tie at Lawler Rink in North Andover. BU, which had a 2-1 lead after the first period, on goals by Kristin Schuler and Abby Cook, fell behind as the Warriors scored early in both the second and third periods. With just over a minute remaining in regulation, Sammy Davis scored an extra-attacker goal to knot the score at three apiece. recap and comprehensive box score

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Terriers defeat Arizona State, 4-2

In a game filled with “puck-luck” tallies, BU defeated #17/15 Arizona State, 4-2, behind a pair of Joel Farabee scores and 38 saves by Jake Oettinger. Patrick Curry and Chad Krys also scored, while co-captain Bobo Carpenter’s first of two assists gave him his 100th career point.

BU improved to 10-9-3, having won six of its last eight games with one tie.

In an all-too-familiar script, BU gave up the first goal just shy of the six-minute mark of the first period. Filips Buncis picked Krys’ pocket in the slot and whirled to find Anthony Croston at the right crease for an easy goal.

BU responded at mid-period. Carpenter broke up a Sun Devil pass along the boards, deflecting the puck to Jack DeBoer who slid the puck to Farabee breaking to the net. His backhander beat Joey Daccord to tie the game.  As time ran down in the period, Patrick Harper, from the corner boards, passed to a charging Tony Amonte, who redirected the puck to Curry at the goalmouth for his seventh goal of the season.

Seven minutes into the second period, Farabee’s centering pass from the left corner hit a Sun Devil defender and skipped past Daccord for a 3-1 lead. The goal, Farabee’s eighth, proved to be the game-winner. Two minutes later, ASU narrowed the margin when Brinson Pasichnuk’s center point slapper deflected off a BU defender and past a screened Oettinger.

The deflected scores continued at 12:51 when Krys’s attempted slap pass hit an ASU stick and eluded Daccord for the 4-2 final. Ryan Cloonan and Shane Bowers assisted on the goal.

ASU had a 17-6 shot advantage in the scoreless third period, partly thanks to two power plays successfully killed by BU. The Terriers, however, limited the Sun Devils’ quality chances and Oettinger handled the rest.

Since his return from playing in the World Junior Championships, Farabee has recorded points (4G,5A) in five of six games and, with 20 points, is second in scoring to Dante Fabbro with 21. The junior co-captain, who assisted on Farabee’s second goal, has a five-game points streak. He also blocked five shots.

Carpenter is the 83rd Terrier to reach the century mark in points scored. 

Logan Cockerill missed the game, serving a one-game suspension following his game disqualification for fighting in the win against Merrimack. 
● recap and comprehensive box score 
Video highlights 
● Post-game comments: O’Connell 
● Daily Free Press recap 

The teams will be at it again tonight at Agganis with puck drop at 7 p.m. Saturday links: preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, TerrierTV, Terriers Sports Radio Network, BU GameDay
Women’s team  

#10 Terriers spotted visiting Merrimack an early 1-0 lead, but stormed back to score the next four en route to a 6-3 win at Walter Brown Arena. Sophomore Kristina Schuler and freshman MacKenna Parker both scored twice as BU stretched its winning streak to six games. Since the end of October, BU has gone 15-3-2. Emma Wuthrich and Sammy Davis also scored for BU.

The teams meet again Saturday at 4 p.m. at Lawlor Rink in North Andover. recap and comprehensive box score 
Video highlights

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