Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Terriers upend Harvard, 5-2 UPDATED

In perhaps their best effort of the season, Terriers convincingly defeated #12/9 Harvard, 5-2, at Agganis Arena. Five different Terriers found the net as BU rebounded from a pair of shutout losses. Senior Patrick Harper had a goal and two assists, while Cam Crotty had a goal and an assist and David Farrance added two helpers. 
BU grabbed an early lead at 1:21 when Harper pick-pocketed a Harvard defender in the high slot, pushing the puck to Trevor Zegras who broke in beat Crimson goalie Cameron Gornet.

Terrier immediately went on a power play with a chance to add to the lead, but Harvard’s Reilly Walsh scored a short-hander to tie the score.

BU regained lead at 7:30 when Ethan Phillips deked past a Crimson defense, closed to bottom of the left circle and wristed a shot that went off Robert Mastrosimone and into the net. Farrance had the secondary assist.

The middle period was scoreless until the 17:37 mark. On a delayed penalty, Kasper Kotkansalo passed to Farrance who skated to the left circle and whipped a cross-ice pass to Patrick Curry who one-timed a shot past Gornet.

BU struck again five minutes into the third when Jamie Armstrong won a puck battle in the corner of the offensive zone and sent a rolling puck to Crotty, whose slapper beat Cornet.

At 15:25, Harvard crept closer on Jack Drury’s power play goal. In the final minutes with Gornet pulled for an extra attack, Sam Tucker made a five-bell save on Harvard's Casey Dornbach and the rebound went from Crotty to Harper, who eluded a Harvard defender and sailed the puck from his own blue line into the empty cage.

In another strong performance, Tucker stopped 23 Harvard shots. Kotkansalo was +3 for the game. 

Pleased with his team’s performance, Coach Albie O’Connell said, “Well, it was nice to score a couple The guys played well, I thought, from the start of the game to the end of the game.” 

He added, “I think we got contributions from everyone. Tuck made a huge save. It could’ve gone 4-3. He made a highlight-reel save on a one-timer.”

● recap and comprehensive box score 
Video highlights and post-game comments 
● Boston Hockey Blog recap; Top 5 Moments 
● Boston Herald recap

BU Oldtimer's Terrier Takeaway

1. As the score indicates, last night's performance was BU's best effort in a few weeks. Not perfect, especially early when BU permitted Harvard a few odd man rushes and partial breakaways, but much better than any effort they've submitted recently.

2. Not surprisingly, the coaches shook up the lines. Apparently, this decision was made after the line sheets were printed. Last night's combinations were:

To varying degrees, all four lines applied pressure in the Harvard d-zone.

3. For the first time in several weeks, BU displayed drive from its own end of the ice, especially from the top two lines.

4. Mastrosimone and Vlasic continue to impress. Vlasic followed up his good game versus Cornell with a strong effort last night.

5. As we've come to expect, Sam Tucker was solid in goal.

Looking back

Charlie Coyle’s sixth goal was the game-winner as the Bruins blanked Carolina, 2-0. Charlie McAvoy assisted on the Bruins other goal.
● recap and video highlights 

Clayton Keller scored his fifth goal in Arizona’s 4-2 win against Columbus.
● recap and video highlights 

Joel Farabee scored his third goal in the Flyers’ 6-1 rout of the Maple Leafs.
● recap and video highlights

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