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

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