Saturday, February 29, 2020

Game Day: BU hosts BC; Women fall in 2OT

Terriers take on #4 BC at Agganis Arena in a 7 p.m. contest that will air on NESN and be live-streamed on CBS All-Access. In two previous meeting, BC edged the Terriers, 4-3, at Conte Forum, while BU defeated its arch-rival, 5-4, in the Beanpot semi-final (technically a tie).

Concluding BU’s month-long activities commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1980 US Olympic gold medal, the “BU Four”—Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and Dave Silk—will reunite for a pregame ceremony.

The first-place Eagles have won their last six games and boast the highest-scoring offense in Division 1 with 4.10 goals per game. Senior Julius Mattila leads BC in points (40) and assists (30), while junior Logan Hutsko and freshman Alex Newhook each have 18 goals. Goalie Spencer Knight’s 2.01 GAA is ninth best nationally.

With three regular-season games remaining, BU sits in sixth place in Hockey East and can finish anywhere from second to ninth.

David Farrance, with 38 points, leads all defensemen in points per game with 1.26.  Patrick Harper is 12th among all skaters with 1.24, while Trevor Zegras is third among freshmen with 1.10.  BU will be without sophomore Matt Quercia, who will miss the remainder of the season with an upper body injury.

● CBS All-Access live stream

● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blogpreview

● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape

Looking ahead

2020 recruit Nicholas Zabaneh scored his 12th goal in Green Bay’s 5-4 overtime win against Omaha. The Gamblers also received a goal from 2021 recruit Selects Academy’s forward Ryan Greene, now playing with Green Bay. Greene had 57 points in 46 games for the Selects 16Us.

2020 recruit Jay O’Brien scored a pair of goals—including the game-winner—as Penticton defeated West Kelowna, 4-1, to take a 2-0 lead in its BCHL playoff series. O’Brien earned first-star honors and has three tallies in two games.

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Women’s Team

#8 Terriers dropped the opening game of their quarterfinal series with Maine, 3-2, in double overtime. To continue their season, the Terriers must win today’s game (3 p.m.) and a third game on Sunday (also 3 p.m.).

Maine goalie Carly Jackson turned aside 59 BU shots, including 22 in the two overtime periods. The Black Bears took a 1-0 lead after one period and doubled it in the opening minutes of the middle period.  A Nara Elia power play goal narrowed it to 2-1 after two periods. Late in the third period, Elia converted a pass from Emma Wuthrich to knot the score at two apiece.

The teams battled through 35 minutes of overtime until a centering pass glanced off Ida Kuoppala’s skate and past Corinne Schroeder. The tally was reviewed and allowed to stand. Schroeder had made 37 saves for BU.

● recap and comprehensive box score
Video highlights

Friday, February 28, 2020

Quercia sidelined; Women face Maine in QF round

Terriers are preparing for Saturday night's home game against BC. They'll be without sophomore forward Matt Quercia for the rest of the season due to an upper body injury. 
1980 Olympic Gold Medal winners Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O'Callahan and David Silk will be honored during the game. 

Boston Hockey Blog Terrier Hockey Talk

Looking ahead

2020 recruit Jay O’Brien has been named a first-team BCHL all-star. The Flyers’ first round pick in 2018 was third in the league in points per game (1.43) and led the Penticton Vees in both goals (25) and points (66) in 46 games. O’Brien had a goal and an assist last night in the Vees’ 7-1 win against West Kelowna in their playoff opener.
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2020 recruit Luke Tuch scored his 15th goal and Dylan Peterson added an assist in the NTDP U18s’ 5-4 win against Youngstown. Drew Commesso stopped 16 shots to improve his record to 18-6-0-1. 

2020 recruit Nicholas Zabaneh scored his 11th goal in Green Bay’s 3-1 win against Des Moines. 

Looking back 
Charlie Coyle scored his 16th goal in the Bruins’ 4-3 win against Dallas.  Charlie McAvoy had an assist for Boston. 

Jordan Greenway scored his eighth goal in Minnesota’s 7-1 win against Detroit. 

Evan Rodrigues has been traded by the Sabres to Pittsburgh. Rodrigues, who had recently requested a trade, had nine points (5G,4A) in 38 games for Buffalo. report 

Former Terrier All-American goalie Jack Ferreira has been named to the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame. He holds the Terrier record for shutouts in a season (8), is tied for most career shutouts (13, tied with Jake Oettinger and John Curry) and is tied for second in most wins in a season (25).

Women’s Team

#8 Terriers begin their quarterfinal Hockey East playoff series with Maine at Walter Brown Arena tonight. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. for the first contest in the best-of-three between second seed BU and seventh seed Maine. The game will be live streamed on CBS All-Access. Game two will be Saturday at 3 p.m. and, if needed, a third game on Sunday will be at 3 p.m.

Making their 11th quarterfinal appearance, BU will look to advance to the semifinals for a 10th time. Terriers have won the Hockey East title five times.

In three regular-season meetings, BU defeated the Black Bears in Orono, 3-1, in October, then in a January home series, BU won, 3-2, in overtime and tied, 3-3.

BU is 8-1-1 (including the Beanpot Final tie/2OT loss) in it’s past ten games, with wins in the last four starts. Senior Sammy Davis is the top goal-scorer (17) and point-scorer (41). Classmate Abby Cook has 29 points, followed by juniors Jesse Compher (28) and Nara Elia (28). Junior goalie Corinne Schroeder is second in the conference in both GAA (1.48) and save percentage (.944).

For Maine, Tereza Vanišová is the points leader with 31, while Ida Kuoppala has 29 points and 17 goals. 

● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, @TerrierHockey
● CBS All-Access live stream 

● Boston Hockey Blog This Week in BU Women’s Hockey

Compher has been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team that will play in the World Championships in Canada in April. She helped the U.S. win gold last season in the World’s in Finland.
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