Friday, April 09, 2021

Farrance makes NHL Debut; This Date in Terrier Hockey--A pair of Frozen Four semifinal wins

David Farrance made his professional debut Thursday in Nashville's 7-1 win against Detroit. The 2020 first-team All-American, who became the 89th Terrier to play in the NHL, recorded 13:46 in ice time and was +1 with one shot on goal. Farrance Bolsters Already Studded Blue Line

Hockey East will be represented in Saturday's NCAA championship game as UMass defeated two-time defending titlist Minnesota Duluth, 3-2 in overtime, in the Frozen Four semifinal. The Minutemen will take on St. Cloud State, which defeated Minnesota State, 5-4, in the other semifinal.

Video highlights: UMass-Duluth; St. Cloud-Minnesota State 


This date in Terrier Hockey

April 9, 2009

Top-ranked Terriers entered the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C., having already won six championships: The IceBreaker, The Denver Cup, The Beanpot, The Hockey East Tournament and the NCAA Northeast Region. Their semifinal opponent, Vermont, had dealt BU two of the team’s six losses in the first 33 games—a pair of 4-3 defeats with the game-winners scored late in the final period.

BU, which had won 10 of its previous 11 games, dominated the Catamounts in the opening period outshooting UVM 14-7. Terriers took the lead at 11:19 when Colin Wilson redirected a Kevin Shattenkirk point shot. Five minutes later, Wilson and Chris Higgins set up linemate Jason Lawrence for his team-leading 25th goal.

Vermont got on the board early in the second and then midway through the period, the Cats scored twice in 45-seconds–a power-play goal and an unassisted tally—to take a 3-2 lead. BU went on a power play late in the period and tied the game on a back-door goal by Vinny Saponari set up by a slick Nick Bonino pass.

The Catamounts took the lead again at 9:40 of the third on a power play, but Higgins countered at 13:06 to knot the score at four apiece. Just over a minute later, BU had an offensive zone faceoff in the left circle. Wilson pulled the puck back to Higgins for a wrister that goalie Rob Madore stopped but couldn’t control, allowing Wilson to pot his second of the contest and the game-winner.

April 9, 2015

After winning the Hockey East championship and then the NCAA Northeast Regional, the #2 Terriers faced top-ranked North Dakota in the Frozen Four semi-final at TD Garden in Boston.

Five minutes into the game, Jack Eichel backhanded home a loose puck for a power-play goal and a 1-0 BU lead. A second man-advantage late in the period led to Brandon Hickey’s blast past Zane McIntyre, set up by Cason Hohnman and Robbie Baillargeon.

In the second period, North Dakota cut the lead in half in the first minute on Luke Johnson’s sharp-angle tally, but BU responded with two goals in a 2:10 span. AJ Greer took an Eichel pass in stride and rifled home a one-timer, followed by Doyle Somerby’s first goal of the season, also from a sharp angle. 4-1 BU after two.

BU looked to be in control when it went on a power play midway through final period, but a fluke shorthanded tally gave the Fighting Hawks life. A too-many-men penalty put North Dakota on the power play and it connected at 16:17 cutting the lead to 4-3.

North Dakota pulled McIntyre for an extra skater and pressed for an equalizer, but Eichel ended the threat with an empty-netter, sending BU (28-7-5) to its 11th NCAA championship game.

Looking ahead

Terrier recruit Quinn Hutson's 14th goal was the game-winner in Muskegon's 5-1 victory against Dubuque.

Looking back

Evan Rodrigues scored a power-play goal and added an assist in the Penguins’ 5-2 win against the Rangers.

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