Sunday, October 22, 2017

Carpenter hat trick powers Terriers past UConn

Junior Bobo Carpenter scored a power play goal in each period to lead BU to a 6-3 win against Connecticut at the XL Center in Hartford. Sophomore Patrick Curry fired home a pair of first-period goals and Captain Brandon Hickey added a third-period tally as the Terriers gained their first Hockey East win.

BU grabbed an early lead with a power play goal just a minute into the game. Carpenter, who had scored two goals Friday night on the backhand, used the same weapon to beat Adam Huska, after taking an entry pass from sophomore Patrick Harper. Jordan Greenway also assisted.  Just 20 seconds later, Curry, who had been elevated to the first line with Carpenter and freshman Brady Tkachuk, deflected home a shot from the left point by freshman Kasper Kotkansalo. Senior John MacLeod also assisted on the goal.

The two early strikes were a game-changer for the Terriers who had struggled to find the net in the early season. Coach David Quinn noted:

“Definitely a dark cloud was lifted from our bench. We were making more plays, and not gripping the stick as much as we have been in the last three games. You could definitely feel it.”

BU, which dominated first period shots, 14-6, extended the lead late in the period when Tkachuk found Curry on the right side of the crease for his second goal of the night.

Midway through the second period, UConn scored twice in a two-minute span with Alexander Payusov scoring on a power play and Spencer Nass corralling a loose puck and firing it off sophomore Jake Oettinger into the goal.

Just three minutes later with BU on a power play, Carpenter went to the backhand again to convert the rebound of a Chad Krys shot, with Dante Fabbro picking up the other assist for a 4-2 margin after two periods.

Half a minute into the final period Hickey one-timed a Greenway pass past Huska. Freshman Shane Bowers also assisted.  UConn would cut the lead to 5-3 on an even-strength goal, but at the 14:46 mark, Carpenter completed his first career hat trick on a redirect of Fabbro’s shot with Harper recording his second assist of the night.

After the game Carpenter, who tallied 14 goals as a freshman, said:
“It’s really exciting to see that we can bounce back from [giving up two goals], that just shows what type of team we can be. That’s what it’s going to take to win championships.  We want to be a hard team to play against. We want to play fast. We want to play hard, make sure teams have a hard time against us.”
Discussing Curry’s performance, Quinn explained:
“He was very good and he’s earned that opportunity. Pat’s come a long way in the last month and a half from a guy who wasn’t in the lineup to [a guy] who’s creating a spot for himself. He’s got a good hockey sense. He’s quick-minded, he’s got a good shot and as long as he plays physical and plays at a pace, he’s going to contribute for us.”
►Oettinger finished the night with 27 saves, while Huska stopped 26 BU shots.

►Terriers converted on three of four power play opportunities and killed five of six Connecticut man-advantages.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video highlights
● Post-game comments: Quinn, Carpenter, Curry
● Daily Free Press recap and analysis
● WTBU Sports recap
● HockeyEastOnline recap

Terrier Takeaway from THFB contributor Glenn Staub
- For the first time this season, the Terriers had a dominant first period.  Scoring twice in the first 89 seconds goes a long way in setting the tone of the game.
- After a quiet start to his season, Carpenter has become a special teams sensation.  His play is tenacious and he’s been getting to the perfect spots on the ice to convert via his backhand.
- After getting a brief assignment to the top line last season, Curry showed he is now ready and capable of generating offense by scoring two goals in the first period.
 - Hickey came to BU with a reputation as an exceptionally gifted skater.  His game has become much more balanced.  He has a laser of a wrist shot and routinely uses deft stick work and physicality to keep opposing forwards to the outside.
- While two UConn goals came with Oettinger out of position, the sophomore goalie was otherwise solid in net.
- Tkachuk drew a penalty late in the third period on a tremendous solo effort behind the UConn extended goal line.  He stole the puck and would have had a wrap-around goal if not for a Max Halter holding penalty.
- Kotkansalo made several excellent breakout passes from deep within the BU end.
- Kudos to a highly vocal BU Dog Pound who made UConn goalie Huska's evening a bit more miserable.  Aside from Brass Bonanza (played after each UConn goal), they had the most audible sound in the XL Center.

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Joel Farabee scored a power play goal in the NTDP U18s’ 7-2 loss to Harvard. The left wing from Cicero, NY, who scored a goal and added two assists the previous night against Dartmouth, is second on the U18s in scoring with an 8-5-13 line in 10 games.

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone’s unassisted goal was the game-winner in USHL Chicago’s 4-2 win against Madison.

2020 recruit Donovan Sebrango scored a goal and added an assist as the CIHA Voyageurs White defeated Smith Falls U18, 4-2.

Looking back

Jack Eichel scored his fourth goal of the season in Buffalo’s 5-4 comeback win against Boston.  The Bruins had taken a 4-1 lead—with Charlie McAvoy assisting on two goals—before Eichel converted a rebound to narrow the margin to 4-2. Buffalo would tie the score in the third and win it in overtime.

On Friday night, Eichel tallied his third goal on an impressive end-to-end rush in Buffalo’s loss to Vancouver.
● video

Filthy end-to-end goal from Jack Eichel
Brian Strait’s first goal of the season was the game-winner in AHL Binghamton’s 5-1 win against Laval.

Women’s Team
Terriers return to Walter Brown Arena for a 3 p.m. contest against Connecticut, dubbed “The Pumpkin Classic.” Senior Victoria Bach and freshman Kristina Schuler, with three points each, lead the Terriers, who are looking for their first win of the season. Bach has 10 career points against the Huskies.
● preview, Live Stats, TerrierTV, BUGameDay.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Terriers and Huskies tie; Carpenter scores a pair

#7/8 BU settled for a 2-2 tie with Connecticut in the first game of a home-and-home series. The Terriers held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, thanks to a pair of Bobo Carpenter shorthanded goals, but UConn matched each one with a power play goal.

BU dominated the first period, outshooting the visitors, 14-7, but couldn't put a shot past the Huskies’ Adam Huska. The Terriers took their first lead while killing a penalty midway through the second when Carpenter raced past a defender and beat Huska with a backhander to the glove side. But 20 seconds before the man-advantage expired, Johnny Austin’s center point blast glanced off Jake Oettinger’s glove to tie the score.

The Terriers regained the lead late in the period, again while on the penalty kill, when Huska misplayed Jordan Greenway’s clearing pass near the right circle. Carpenter gained control, went around the cage and backhanded a sharp-angle shot for a 2-1 lead at the end of two periods. Shots were more even in the second with BU holding a 14-12 advantage.

The Huskies went back on the power play at 5:37 of the third. With seven ticks left on the man-advantage, Alexander Payusov—unmarked near the crease—flipped home a rebound after Oettinger stopped the initial shot by Max Letunov, knotting the score at 2-2.  With UConn holding an 11-5 shot advantage in the third, neither team could break the tie and there were only a few shots on goal in the scoreless overtime.

BU finished the night with a 35-33 edge in shots. Coach David Quinn assessed the Terrier performance:

“I thought we generated offense.  I thought we defended hard in our end. What I didn’t like was I thought we gave up too many odd-man rushes. We got to absolutely clean that up. Puck management is a problem for us right now, but I love the pace we played at…It's just frustrating because we just haven't been able to score goals."”

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Carpenter
● Daily Free Press recap and analysis
USCHO Hockey East recaps

The teams conclude the two-game series this afternoon at the XL Center in Hartford with puck drop set for 5 p.m. The game can be heard on Terrier Sports RadioNetwork and there’s a pay-per-view live stream on Husky Vision .

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Joel Farabee had a hand in all three NTDP U18 goals in a 3-0 shutout of Dartmouth. The speedy wing from Cicero, NY scored a short-handed goal and assisted on two others, while fellow recruit Jack DeBoer produced a pair of assists for his second consecutive two-point game. Farabee, who led the U17s in scoring last season, has a 7-5-12 line in nine games.
● USA Hockey recap and box score

Women’s Team
Terriers dropped a 4-2 decision to Maine at Alfond Arena on Friday. The Black Bears took a 2-0 lead after one and added a third goal at 7:35 of the second period. Just a minute later, freshman Nara Elia’s wrist shot got the Terriers on the board.  Senior Victoria Bach brought BU within one, roofing a backhander at 7:18 of the third.  BU pressed for an equalizer but a Maine empty-netter closed out the scoring.
● recap and comprehensive box score

Friday, October 20, 2017

Game Day: Terriers host UConn; Keller notches a pair

#7/8 Terriers will look to rebound from last weekend’s losses to Minnesota State as they begin a home-and-home series with Connecticut. Tonight’s game at Agganis Arena, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is BU’s first Hockey East Conference contest of the year.

Last season, the teams split two games with each winning on the road. BU won at the XL Center in Hartford, 2-1, on goals by Jordan Greenway and Gabriel Chabot. The next night, BU ran into a hot goalie in Adam Huska, who stopped all 37 Terrier shots in a 4-0 shutout.

Like BU, the Huskies bring a 2-2-0 record into the game after winning one of two games at Maine, defeating AIC and losing to Sacred Heart. Sophomore forward Alexander Payusov leads UConn in goals with four and is tied for the points lead (5) with junior Karl El-Mir and senior Johnny Austin. Huska has started three games and has a 2.43 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

The Terriers offense is led by sophomore Patrick Harper, who has six points on four goals and two assists. Shane Bowers has four goals while sophomore Chad Krys and freshman Brady Tkachuk have three assists apiece

Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● WTBU Sports Game Preview
Daily Free Press Game Preview
● Weekend preview
● College Hockey News Tale of the Tape
SB Nation  Hockey East BU, Providence look to rebound
● UConn preview
Hartford Courant preview


Tkachuk -Carpenter-Harper
Greenway -Bowers-Crone

► SB Nation’s Jeff Cox offers 8 Reactions to the First 3 Weeks for Hockey East teams.

ESPN Insider's guide to "The world's best teams for watching hockey prospects" leads off with BU.

►This Week’s Episode of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interviews with Head Coach David Quinn, sophomore defenseman Chad Krys and UConn Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh.

►This week’s Hockey on Campus podcast features Bernie Corbett's interviews with US NTDP Director of Operations Scott Monaghan, NCAA Coordinator of Officials Frank Cole and Canisius Head Hockey Coach Trevor Large.  It airs on NHL Radio (SiriusXMChannel 91) on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. ET and Sunday morning at 10 a.m. ET. You can also find it here on College Hockey News.

Looking ahead
2018 or 2019 recruit Matthew Quercia assisted on both Sioux Falls goals in the Stampede’s 2-1 win against Fargo. The power forward from Andover, Massachusetts has four points in five games.

2020 recruit Drew Commesso played in the Mass Selects 16U All-Star game and gave up just one goal in a contest that ended in a 2-2 tie. Playing for the first-place Cape Cod Whalers in the league’s Tier 1 16U Parsons Division, Commesso, who plays prep for St. Sebastian’s, has a 2-0-1 record in three games with a 1.33 GAA.
● Mass Selects League recap

Looking back
Clayton Keller scored a pair of goals in Arizona's 5-4 loss to Dallas. His first, on a breakaway, tied the score at 3-3 and his second brought the Coyotes to within a goal in the final minute. recap and highlights (both Keller goals)
●  Keller post-game comments (video)
Keller, who has five goals and two assists in six games, leads the Coyotes in scoring and all NHL rookies in goals.  The Chesterfield, Missouri native sat down with AZ Rubber for a Q&A.

Charlie McAvoy recorded his fourth assist of the season in the Bruins' 6-3 win against Vancouver.

Danny O’Regan scored twice for the San Jose Barracuda—including the game-winner—and added an assist in a 5-2 win against Stockton. O’Regan, who earned the game’s first star, leads the Barracuda in scoring with a 4-2-6 line in four games.
● AHL box score

Former All-American, Hobey Baker Award winner and co-captain of the Terriers 2009 national championship team Matt Gilroy has been named to the US National Select Team that will compete in the Deutschland Cup beginning November 10 in Augsberg, Germany. Gilroy, who is considered a likely candidate for the U.S. Olympic team that will play in the Winter Games in South Korea in February.

Chris Bourque, another Olympic team candidate, scored a goal and assisted on two third-period goals that tied the score, but AHL Hershey fell to Lehigh Valley, 4-3.

Women’s Team
Terriers return to action with a road trip to Maine to meet the Black Bears at Alfond Arena. Friday’s game begins at 2 p.m.  BU is looking for its first win after being swept by then-#8 Northeastern two weekends ago.

Despite their record, the Terriers have the top power play percentage in Division 1, scoring at 33.3%. Meanwhile the Black Bears own the fifth best penalty kill at 91.3%.
● preview, Game Notes, Live Stats, @BUGameDay 
●  Maine All-Access live stream

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