Monday, December 05, 2016

Oettinger earns HE kudos; 7 named to U.S. Junior National camp roster

Freshman goalie Jake Oettinger, who yielded just three goals on 71 shots this past weekend, earned Hockey East’s Defensive Player of the Week honors. Oettinger, who literally “stole” a win against Providence Friday night and was very strong on Saturday, had a 1.45 GAA and .958 save percentage for the two-game series.  Junior Nikolas Olsson, who scored the game-winner Friday and the game-tying goal Saturday, was named to Hockey East’s weekly top performers list, along with freshman Patrick Curry, who assisted on both BU goals Saturday.

Terrier moved up a notch to #5 in the USCHO Weekly Poll, while remaining at #5 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Seven Terriers were named to the selection camp for the U.S. Junior National Team. Joining two Team USA holdovers, defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Chad Krys, are Oettinger and four forwards, Kieffer Bellows, Jordan Greenway, Patrick Harper and Clayton Keller.  A total of 27 players will report to the camp in Buffalo that runs Dec. 16-20, followed by a final camp in Ontario beginning Dec. 21. Team USA will compete in the World Junior Championships in Toronto and Montreal from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5.
● USA Hockey announcement
● Boston Hockey Blog report
● SB Nation analysis
● College Hockey News report

Earlier, freshman defenseman Dante Fabbro was named to the camp roster for Team Canada.

Terrier Takeaway
Blog contributor defkit offers some thoughts on Saturday’s 2-2 tie with Providence.
- Thought the Terriers started strong, and carried the play for the first 15 minutes or so, despite giving up the two goals (one on the PP, one immediately after a PP ended). But then Providence took over and really controlled the pace until the last 10 minutes of the game.
- Bellows had an interesting night. He had a great opportunity to get an early goal after a miscue by Hawkey behind the net, but rushed a tough angle shot, hitting the side of the net. Then, he took a couple penalties before the period was over and didn't see a shift in the second or third period. Credit David Quinn for holding firm, despite the need for goals late in the game. I hope Bellows handles the discipline the right way.
- Thought PC did a great job neutralizing Greenway. There were very few instances of him controlling the puck along the boards just waiting for the right opportunity. PC had some good size on defense that helped its cause.
- Needless to say, way too may penalties for BU. Some were tough luck (the interference on Roberto when he was just trying to stay onside), and one or two may have been questionable calls, but by and large they were deserved, and in some cases lazy. You know the team is having a tough go of it when JFK ends up in the box twice.
- Hickey's goal was a tremendous individual effort. It seemed no forward was in the lower half of the offensive zone when he made his push to the net. He converted his rebound so quickly that in live action I thought it was a deflection off of his original shot.
- On the game tying goal, BU was fortunate that a PC player got tangled up with McAvoy earlier in the play. As a result McAvoy was down low by the time the puck bounced to him, and he was able to find a wide open Olsson. My feeling is that if the PC player lets McAvoy go initially, he would have been much higher up near the blue line and the play would not have been there.
- Carpenter had a shorthanded breakaway in the waning seconds of overtime. Had he scored, that game would have been one of the more memorable games at HAA.
- Overall, the Terriers have some work to do in terms of discipline and they need Keller back to really ignite the offense.
►Boston Hockey Blog: Analysis of Providence series

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Trevor Zegras scored a goal and an assist as Avon Old Farms blanked Cushing Academy, 5-0.

Looking back
Former BU MVP Alex Chiasson scored his fifth goal, added two assists and picked up a five-minute major for fighting—a Gordie Howe hat trick—in the Flames’ 8-3 drubbing of Anaheim. Chiasson has been playing on Calgary’s top line in recent weeks.
● recap and video

Nick Bonino scored a goal for the second consecutive game in the Penguins’ 5-3 win against Detroit.
● recap and video

Women’s Team
Senior Victoria Hanson and sophomore Sammy Davis were named to Hockey East’s weekly list of top performers.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Terriers rally late to tie Providence, 2-2

Third-period goals by BU's Brandon Hickey and Nikolas Olsson negated a 2-0 Providence lead and, after a scoreless overtime, both teams walked away with a point in the Hockey East race.

Despite early Terrier dominance, the season long penchant for penalties caught up with BU. The Friars converted on their first power play opportunity when Scott Conway got behind the defense and beat Jake Oettinger short side. Five minutes later, just as BU completed another penalty, Oettinger’s skate caught a defender’s blade, causing him to lose balance and be unable to stop a Jake Walman shot that doubled the lead.

BU matched those 16 shots in the third, but had nothing to show for it until late in the third when Hickey controlled a puck along the left boards, drove to the net and backhanded home his own rebound. Olsson and Patrick Curry assisted on the goal. Two and a half minutes later Charlie McAvoy found Olsson in the slot for his second goal in as many games, with Curry notching his second assist. 

The best scoring opportunity of the overtime came with BU killing yet another penalty. Nick Roberto’s clear to center ice sent Bobo Carpenter in on a breakaway. His shot from the right dot was stopped by Hayden Hawkey as time expired.

BU dominated the face off dot again winning 44 of 67 draws. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson controlled 22 of 28.

Oettinger finished the weekend with 68 saves—good for a .958 save percentage and a 1.45 goals-against average.

Taking note of BU’s 10 penalties, Coach David Quinn said:

“It’s just undisciplined. It’s frustrating because it’s incredibly impactful when we take that many penalties … You put yourself behind the eight ball, and right now that’s the theme for our season, the penalties.”

● recap and comprehensive box score

● Post-game comments: Quinn
● Daily Free Press recap, Olsson steps up
SB Nation recap

Looking ahead

2017 recruit Ty Amonte scored his 11th goal in Penticton’s 3-1 win against Powell River. The right-shot forward has goals in each of his last three games and in five of the last eight.

The’s recent “Draft sleepers” article includes a look at 2017 recruit Shane Bowers and video highlights of his 2015-16 season.

Looking back
Team captain John McCarthy scored a goal and Danny O’Regan assisted on another, but the San Jose Barracuda was edged by San Antonio, 4-3.  Former Terrier AJ Greer tallied his team-leading tenth assist (and team-leading 15th point) for the Rampage.

Women's Team
Terriers dropped a 2-1 decision to Connecticut at Walter Brown Arena. Sophomore Sammy Davis' second period power play goal knotted the score at 1-1, but the Huskies retaliated a minute later with a short-handed goal that was the game-winner. The loss ended BU's winning streak at six games and graduate student Mary Parker's goal streak at nine games. recap and comprehensive box score
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