Saturday, October 22, 2016

Game Day: Terriers vs. Bobcats

#8 Terriers are back on the ice tonight to host #4 Quinnipiac in a marquis match-up beginning at 7:00 p.m. with free livestream coverage in HD, featuring a simulcast of the radio broadcast with play-by-play announcer Bernie Corbett and analyst Mark Linehan.

The Bobcats, who reached last season’s NCAA title game, bring a 3-1-1 record into the game. Idle on Friday night, Quinnipiac defeated Connecticut this past Wednesday after having split a pair of overtime games at Maine. Forwards Tim Clifton and Andrew Taverner and defenseman Brogan Rafferty are the top scorers with five points each.

The teams met last season for the first time with BU, on the road, taking a 4-1 win over the then-ranked #2 and undefeated Bobcats.  

Four games into its season, BU's top scorers are freshmen Patrick Harper (2G, 5A) and Clayton Keller (3G, 2A).

● Boston Hockey Blog Live In-Game Blog
● preview

Sunday morning marks the 16th Annual Greater Boston Autism Speaks Walk   with this year’s event situated at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass. BU Men’s hockey has supported Autism Speaks since 2004, participating in the annual walk and holding an Autism Speaks Night hosting families and individuals with autism for a night of hockey and promoting autism awareness.

Autism Speaks’ Larry Cancro, a BU alum and Red Sox vice president explains that: “In one way or another, all the BU teams participate.  One great thing they do is put on an event called “Autism Olympics”.  They invite members of the autism community to the BU Athletic facilities to teach them different sports and participate with them.  They’ve done for several years and this year they’re expanding it to twice.”

Oettinger blanks SHU; seven Terriers score goals

Freshman goalie Jake Oettinger’s first career shutout was supported by goals from seven of his teammates as the Terriers whitewashed Sacred Heart in their home opener.  BU, which had a 14-2-2 record on Agganis Arena ice last season, carried a tenuous 2-0 lead after two period and then lit the lamp five times in the third. Three Terrier goals came on power plays, while another was scored shorthanded.

Coach David Quinn noted that, beyond the score, BU's performance was markedly improved in several key area: more offensive zone presence, getting more pucks on net from in close, playing with more grit and being a difficult team to play against. 

After a slow start in the game’s first few minutes until a thunderous Charlie McAvoy mid-ice hit provided a wake-up call, BU scored twice in a 20-second span. Jordan Greenway beat goalie Brett Magnus at 7:48 for a power-play goal. Then, he controlled a puck behind the goal line extended and found Clayton Keller at the bottom of the left circle for a one-timer. BU outshot the visitors 14-3 in the first period..

Oettinger kept the margin at 2-0 late in the first when he foiled SHU’s Evan Jasper’s penalty shot. Jasper’s shot hit the left post, then went off Oettinger’s skate. But the 6’4” goalie reacted quickly to keep the rebound out of the net.

During a scoreless second period with BU taking 14 shots to SHU’s 13, the Terriers were forced to kill a 5-on-3 power play for the second time. BU was a perfect killing all nine penalties, leading  Quinn to comment:
“We structurally were good, we didn’t get overextended, we had good sticks, we moved when the puck moved. And you need puck luck and you need great goaltending, and we got all of that."
BU began to pull away six minutes into the third when Kieffer Bellows wired a shot from the right circle past Magnus for a power play tally, with assists to McAvoy and Chad Krys. Four minutes later, Krys notched his first collegiate goal on a slapshot. At 15:03, Dante Fabbro’s slapper for his own first collegiate goal was BU’s third power play goal.Less than a minute later, Nick Roberto converted the rebound of John MacLeod’s blueline blast. Bobo Carpenter completed the scoring with a shorthander as he and Roberto perfectly executed a two-on-one break.

With BU outshooting SHU in the third, 13-8, Oettinger turned aside all 24 Pioneer shots. Greenway and Roberto both finished with career-best 3-point efforts, while Krys, MacLeod, Harper and Keller each had two points. The game’s three stars were: #1 Greenway, #2 Oettinger and #3 Roberto.

Harper, who leads the team in scoring with seven points (2G, 5A) has points in each of BU’s four games. 

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Keller combined to win 25 of 41 face offs.

Four freshmen found the back of the net, marking the first time that feat has been accomplished by a BU team since Jan. 28, 1992, when Steve Thornton, Rich Brennan, Mike Prendergast and Mike Pomichter (hat trick) each scored in an 8-2 win over Brown.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments (video): Quinn, Greenway, Oettinger
● Daily Free Press: recap
USCHO recap

Looking ahead
2017 recruits Brady Tkachuk and Logan Cockerill each assisted on a goal for the NTDP U18s, who dropped a 4-3 decision to the University of Wisconsin.
● USA Hockey recap

2018 recruit Hank Crone scored his fourth goal of the season in Fargo’s 4-1 loss to Sioux City. With ten points in nine games, Crone is the Force’s second leading scorer.

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