Saturday, December 12, 2020

Flashback '70-'71: Terriers blank Merrimack; Women fall; Harper scores

Flashback '70-'71: Dec. 9. BU 8 Merrimack 0

Led by John Danby’s 5-point effort (G,4A), Terriers defeated Merrimack, 8-0, to remain undefeated at 5-0-1. Goalie Tim Regan turned aside 15 shots to register his second shutout and lower his GAA to 1.5.

After Captain Steve Stirling scored the first period’s only tally, BU found the net four times in the middle period on goals by Danby, Bob Gryp, Ric Jordan and Ron Anderson. Terriers tacked on three more in the third period from Wayne Gowing,  Toot Cahoon and Stirling again. BU put 50 shots on beleaguered Warrior goalie Al Finch.

At the time, Merrimack was an ECAC Division 2 program that BU began playing regularly during the 1964-65 season. The Warriors were coached by J.Thom Lawler, who led them to the first-ever Division 2 NCAA championship in 1977-78—the same year that BU claimed the Division 1 title. Merrimack’s rink in North Andover is named for Lawler. In 120 meetings between the teams, BU holds a 91-21-8 advantage.

Looking back

Patrick Harper scored his first professional goal in the Florida Everblades' season-opening 6-1 win against Jacksonville. The former Terrier converted a rebound in the second period. A Nashville draft pick, Harper was assigned to the ECHL team until the Predators' and their AHL affiliate open their training camp. recap

Looking ahead

2021 recruit Braden Doyle assisted on a pair of goals in Dubuque’s 6-5 loss to Muskegon. The left-shot defenseman, who is a 2019 Los Angeles Kings’ draft pick, has five points in seven games for the Fighting Saints.

Women’s Team

Terriers dropped a 4-1 decision to Connecticut in Storrs on Friday night. The Huskies took a commanding lead with two goals in each of the first two periods. BU finally got on the board in the third period on MacKenna Parker’s goal, assisted by Courtney Correia and Julia Nearis.

● recap and comprehensive box score

● Post-game comments Coach Brian Durocher

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