Men’s hockey sweeps Arizona State

Last weekend, the Boston University men’s hockey team swept Merrimack College in its first sweep of the season. This weekend, the Terriers continued their momentum as they traveled to Arizona and swept Arizona State University.

Friday night, the Terriers and the Sun Devils played each other in the first ever meeting between the two schools.

BU opened its scoring 7:20 seconds into the first period.

Junior forward and assistant captain Bobo Carpenter connected on a pass from senior defenseman and captain Brandon Hickey by way of sophomore defenseman Dante Fabbro and scored on a power play.

Almost ten minutes later, the Terriers found the back of the net again.

Freshman forward Hank Crone scored off a rebound from freshman forward Ty Amonte and recorded his second goal of the season. Freshman defenseman Cam Crotty also picked up an assist.

BU would add two more goals in the first stanza as freshman forwards Brady Tkachuk and Shane Bowers scored just 20 seconds apart

Junior forward and assistant captain Jordan Greenway and Crotty assisted on Tkachuk’s goal and freshman forward Logan Cockerill recorded a helper on Bowers’ goal.

Carpenter added to the lead 5:35 in the middle period off a feed from senior defenseman John MacLeod. Just over 12 minutes later, senior forward Chase Phelps scored his first goal of the season to put BU up 6-0.

Sophomore forward Gabriel Chabot and freshman forward Jake Witkowski added assists on Phelps’ goal.

With under a minute to play in the second, Tkachuk scored his second goal of the night. On a power play, Tkachuk beat Sun Devils’ sophomore goaltender Joey Daccord to give BU a 7-0 lead.

BU scored one more time in the final stanza for an 8-0 shutout victory. Seven minutes into the third, Carpenter chipped in a pass from Chabot and recorded his second hat-trick of the season.

Carpenter is now tied for seventh in the country with 16 goals on the season and sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger recorded his third shutout of the season.

Saturday night, BU once again opened the scoring.

Hickey scored a power-play goal just under eight minutes into the first period. Less than four minutes later, Fabbro doubled the Terriers’ lead. Graduate transfer forward Drew Melanson and Tkachuk added the helpers on Fabbro’s goal.

Under a minute into the second period, Arizona State scored its first goal of the weekend. With a 5-on-3 advantage, freshman forward Johnny Walker recorded his team leading seventh goal. Sophomores forward Brett Gruber and defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk tallied the assists.

The Sun Devils knotted the game at two just over seven minutes into the second period after freshman defenseman Jacob Wilson recorded a short-handed goal.

BU regained the lead 19 seconds later as senior defenseman Brien Diffley recorded his first goal of the season on the power play. Senior forward and assistant captain Nikolas Olsson and Fabbro added assists.

In the third period, Bowers banged in a rebound from Fabbro by way of Cockerill just over 11 minutes in the third period. The goal was originally ruled a no-goal, but was overturned after review.

Arizona State scored once more in the third on a power play. Redshirt senior forward David Norris beat Oettinger with just over five minutes to play. Although, it would not be enough as BU held on and beat the Sun Devils 4-3.

The Terriers will resume Hockey East play against the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday night on the road and will look to extend their win streak to five games.


  1. Team is on a roll. I had a feeling we would have a big run down the stretch. Some big games coming up important for pairwise and for home ice and bye in hockey east. Very proud that these kids kept battling and have gotten back on track. Long way to go but they have proven they don’t quit. ?

  2. Anybody know about Patrick Harper’s injury and when he is expected to return to action?

  3. My understanding is he is sick not injured. No set time on his return obviously sooner rather then later would be better.

  4. Good roll we on and great fight in the Saturday night vs Arizona place was a dump and ice sucked but we got the win… Keep it going boys …

  5. No wonder ASU has plans to build a new arena! With regard to Harper, in the most recent IBUH podcast, Quinn said that he hopes for him to be available for the UMass game. I believe he used the word “hope”.

  6. Why aren’t the post game conferences posted on here as they used to be??
    Kids look good!!!

  7. Dear Editor: Do you guys have access to Coach Quinn during the week … to get a mid-week update on what he’s thinking and/or player injury updates? In the past, some BHB editors have been able to do that.

  8. Thanks Matthew! It would be great for the BHB to have a few tweets posted mid-week … and very much appreciated. Of course this week I think all of Terrier Nation is wondering about the status of a few infected and injured Terriers.

  9. ok, so they have won a few games and are above .500 for the first time this year, but so what? Who have they beaten and the pattern seems to be remaining the same. For example they wipe out Arizona state one night and then have to barely hang on the next night to win. Lets see what happens Monday night in the Beanpot vs harvard ,that will be more of a test and on a bigger stage. I really see it as an opportunity to salvage somewhat their season. Also what happens when Greenway leaves for the Olympics, how will the program sustain that loss?, lets hope Harper returns for Monday night, we need him.

  10. I think greenway is a great hockey player. I also think replacing him for the beanpot is a challenge however if you listen to so many on this blog loosing him is no big deal. I obviously disagree with that but BU has depth . On any givin night BU has proven div 1 players sitting in the stands. All our games remaining are going to be tough and all are important. I like the way we are playing and the effort that’s all we as fans can ask for. One key element to BU success is limiting mental mistakes that always seemed to land in the back of the net. Jake is one of the best college goalies I have seen but he was left alone way to much with guys wide open in slot during first half. This half has not been the same. What’s great now is he is able to make great saves which builds his and his teams confidence. Go bu?

  11. I will be happy if everyone is healthy and available for HE Tournament. Of course Greenway’s absence and Krys’s injury might very well put us in the position of having to win that tournament in order to move on to the NCAA’s. Conversely, maybe I am wrong and we will experience games in February like the one we played on 1-5-2017 against Union with multiple stars out of the line-up that night.

  12. the unbeaten streak is nice. the Big O won that game for us at umass. huge performance. shane bowers is a real good hockey player: 13 goals and counting. another disruption in terms of chemistry with greenway gone, but what are you gonna do? i have been particularly impressed by these recent road wins. i do not care about the opponents record. winning/ sweeping on the the road is tough. i think in the end, the shaky start, will doom us for post season play. we shall see. a victory against harvard would be huge