The Terriers took down Concordia University 3-0 on Sunday evening at Walter Brown Arena. Here are my three takeaways from the game, and as always, all opinions are my own.
Abel, Skoog looked comfortable in debuts
Officially announced as Terriers on Saturday, Ashton Abel and Wilmer Skoog looked right at home in their first game wearing scarlet and white. Between the pipes, Abel only faced 10 shots in 40 minutes but was reliable when called upon and diverted rebounds effectively. Skoog was active offensively at even strength and on the power play, and showed some character by defending his new teammates when Robert Mastrosimone was hit hard from behind late in the first period. Albie O’Connell and his staff didn’t exactly ease these newcomers in, as Abel got the starting nod in net and Skoog centered BU’s top line, but these recruits responded well to the challenge and made a strong first impression.
Terrier defensive depth shined in shutout
Without two of their three upperclassmen leaders, the young Terrier defensive unit showed off its depth by posting a shutout while rotating all three defensive pairings in almost all situations. In the BU zone, I was impressed by freshman Dom Fensore, an attacking defenseman who saw time on the penalty kill on Sunday and held his own. On the other end, defense-first freshman Alex Vlasic found his way forward in the right spots, getting involved in the attacking zone and converting an empty-netter in the game’s late stages. These are just a few examples from an encouraging defensive performance by the BU blueliners, albeit against a less-challenging opponent than others they’ve faced earlier this season.
Mastrosimone, Phillips proving to be a dangerous duo
There were many BU playmakers missing from the lineup on Sunday, meaning freshmen Robert Mastrosimone and Ethan Phillips were perhaps BU’s most potent attackers left in the lineup. Making the most of their first-line opportunity, the tandem of Detroit Red Wings draftees worked well together throughout the contest, most notably combining for BU’s opening goal. These first-year Terriers provided a spark at times in their first semester in Boston, so if they can continue to gel together, they could become a productive pair for BU both as the season goes on and for years to come.