Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bulldogs' OT goal beats BU in NCAA Regional Final

With BU and Duluth headed to overtime, two things were certain: the final score would be 3-2 and that the result would either be déjà vu or a reversal of fortune. Two years ago, BU punched its ticket to the Frozen Four with a 3-2 win over UMD in the Regional Final. Sadly, that script wasn’t repeated Saturday night, as the Bulldogs scored a power play goal in overtime, sending them to Chicago while the Terriers’ season comes to an end.

After Bobo Carpenter was whistled for a trip at 1:39 of the extra session, UMD stopped a BU clearing pass and Adam Johnson fired from the point. His shot hit Doyle Somerby and rebounded to Johnson who skated into the right circle and wristed a shot high to the far corner past a screened Jake Oettinger.

The teams had finished the fast-paced first period at 1-1. After Bulldog goalie Hunter Miska stoned Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson with a desperate leg save, BU took the lead on Clayton Keller’s 21st goal. The freshman skated up the left side, cut to the net and backhanded a shot off the post. UMD knotted the scored in the period’s final minute when a Terrier center-ice turnover allowed Alex Iafallo to enter the BU zone, skate behind the net and score on a wraparound just before Patrick Harper’s stick could stop the shot.

The second period was played at a slower pace with no goals scored, but both teams revved it up in the third. Midway through the period, UMD’s Joey Anderson brought the puck down the right side to the net. Oettinger made the initial save, but Anderson was able to flip the rebound into the cage.

BU pressed for an equalizer with Brandon Hickey just missing the top corner with a shot and Nick Roberto sending the puck over the net. With just under four minutes left in regulation, Chad Kyrs sent Harper into the UND zone. He skated into the right circle and wired a shot under the crossbar for his 13th goal and a 2-2 tie.

► The Terriers had killed 27 consecutive power plays before yielding the man-advantage goal that ended their season.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● ►Daily Free Press recap
● College Hockey News recap, What next for BU?
● Boston Herald recap     
● Duluth News Tribune recap

Looking back
Jack Eichel scored a pair of goals and added an assist as Buffalo thumped Toronto, 5-2. It was the sixth three-point game of the season for Eichel who now has a 23-30-53 scoring line in 54 games. recap and video

Colin Wilson assisted on a pair of goals as Nashville routed San Jose, 7-2.

Kevin Shattenkirk recorded his 38th and 39th assists in Washington’s 4-1 win against Arizona.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Game Day: BU vs. Duluth for a trip to Chicago

For the second time in three years, the Terriers will face Minnesota Duluth in the NCAA Regional with a trip to the Frozen Four in Chicago on the line.  The Western Regional final in Fargo begins at 6 p.m. ET and will air on ESPNU.

Last night, #6 BU defeated North Dakota, 4-3 in 2OT on a Charlie McAvoy goal, while the Bulldogs also went to extra time, defeating Ohio State, 3-2, on Willie Raskob’s goal at 11:58 of overtime. Both goalies faced a ton of rubber with BU’s Jake Oettinger making 56 saves while UMD’s Hunter Miska turning aside 40 shots.

In the 2015 regional in Manchester, N.H., BU edged Duluth, 3-2, when Evan Rodrigues broke a 2-2 tie with a slick toe-drag goal in the final minutes of the third period.

Click here for game day links.
The Boston Hockey Blog will again have an in-game live blog.
Duluth News Tribune: Bulldogs looking for revenge against BU

Looking ahead
NTDP Evaluation camp for next season’s U17s began Friday with six future Terriers on the camp roster: forwards Robert Mastrosimone and Trevor Zegras and defensemen Braden Doyle, Case McCarthy, Alex Vlasic and Cade Webber.

Looking back
Nick Bonino scored his 16th goal—and his seventh in the last 10 games—in Pittsburgh’s 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Terrier defeat North Dakota on McAvoy goal in 2OT, 4-3 UPDATED

After yielding a 3-1 lead in the final six minutes of regulation, BU defeated North Dakota at the 11:48 mark of the second overtime (91:48 overall). Clayton Keller  controlled the puck on the left side of the UND zone, drawing a crowd and then wired a pass to Charlie McAvoy breaking to the net for a thrilling 4-3 win. Jake Oettinger stopped 56 Fighting Hawks shots in a heroic performance deserving of all three stars. BU survived not only 59 shots by the Fighting Hawks, but also an apparent game-winner that was disallowed after a review due to an offside.

With the win, BU advances to Saturday’s Regional Final against Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs, whom the Terriers defeated in the 2015 Regional Final, also won in overtime, 3-2, after Ohio State had rallied with two third-period goals to tie the score.  Game time is 6 p.m. ET and the contest will air on ESPNU.

North Dakota scored the first-period’s only goal when Rhett Gardner skated across the crease and pulled a puck past Oettinger.  BU matched that score in the second on senior captain Doyle Somerby’s first goal of the season, a sharp angle shot following a cross ice pass by McAvoy.

Early in the third period, BU took the lead when Jordan Greenway fed Keller behind the net and the freshman centered the puck to Bobo Carpenter for a bang-bang shot past Cam Johnson.  Four minutes later, Patrick Harper saucered a pass over a UND stick to send Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson in alone and the Swedish center beat Johnson five-hole for a 3-1 advantage.

Midway through the period, a heavy hit on Kieffer Bellows shattered a pane of glass, causing a lengthy delay that proved to help North Dakota more than BU. At 12:14 Ludvig Hoff scored off a well-executed face-off play to cut the Terrier lead to one. Three minutes later, that lead disappeared when Christian Wolanin got behind the BU defense and beat Oettinger in close.

At 3:48 of the first overtime UND's Dixon Bowen scored what appeared to be the game-winner, but after a lengthy review, the call was reversed due to an offside. BU’s best chance in the first overtime came when Bellows batted a puck out of the air and off the post to Johnson’s left.

Shortly before McAvoy’s game-winner, the sophomore defenseman drove down the left side and set up Nick Roberto for a close-in try that Johnson snuffed.

McAvoy on the game-winner:

Getting there was a bit crazy, but I kind of stood up at the blue line and waited for Clayton to come up that wall. I know he’s a dynamic player, if you put it in his hands, there’s always a a chance something good is going to happen. I watched the play and observed and saw a lane going to the net and I figured he would find me if I was open. That’s exactly what he did. It happened pretty quickly but I’m glad it went in.”
Terriers blocked 51 North Dakota shots, 17 by junior Brandon Hickey.

● Go recap and comprehensive box score
Video highlights
● Celebration: What a feeling!
● Post-game comments: Quinn, McAvoy, Keller, Oettinger
● Press conference quotes
● Daily Free Press recap
● College Hockey News recap
● SB Nation recap
Boston Herald BU rallies for wild win over North Dakota
Boston Globe recap

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Hank Crone scored his 23rd goal in Fargo’s 4-3 loss to Muskegon. 

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