From the FreeP: End of season recap

Well, as we all know it was a tale of two seasons for the Boston University men’s hockey team. Read Matt’s season recap here. One thing to note is that Quinn did not comment on who are “flight risks”, that information can be found in the recap.

For those who have asked about why Matt excluded Joel Farabee on the list of players who are coming in next season, that is because to our knowledge (and on his elite prospects page), it says that he is expected to arrive during the 2019-2020 season.

Earlier this semester, the FreeP brought on a columnist named Matt Dresens (he is not the Matt who runs this blog), you can read his thoughts on the season here.

We will be starting on “Top 10” lists later on this week.


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.

The Look Back: BU slides past UMass ahead of Beanpot Tournament

mihvsumass_February_03_2017_malhotra_9011-1600x1065A three-point night from freshman forward Clayton Keller was the difference on Friday, as the No. 3 Boston University men’s hockey team skated past the University of Massachusetts at home.

The final scoreline was 3-1 in favor of the Terriers, with the Arizona Coyotes first rounder snagging a goal and two assists. Dante Fabbro, a freshman defenseman, had himself a game, too, pitching in a goal and an assist.

Bobo Carpenter, who now has 10 goals on the year, potted the third tally midway through the third period. The sophomore winger was a continual threat all night long, tying Keller’s team-high seven shots on goal.

For a full account of the game’s events, check out Jonathan’s recap over on The Daily Free Press.

Perhaps most importantly of all, the win assured BU heads into the Beanpot Tournament on a high, having won 10 of its last 12 games. The annual Boston showdown will get underway Monday at 8 p.m. against No. 8 Boston College.

Yep, the squad BU already beat twice this year.


Press Conferences

The Look Back: BU’s winning streak falls to Merrimack

Tuesday night was a dour one if you’re a fan of the Boston University men’s hockey team.

Fresh off being ranked the nation’s newest No. 1 team, the Terriers traveled to Merrimack College and fell, 3-1. In head coach David Quinn’s four years at the helm, BU is now 0-3-1 at Lawler Rink.

There are myriad excuses that can be made – tired legs, the small neutral zone at Lawler, an aura of pompousness – but the Terriers were simply outplayed against Merrimack. The compete wasn’t there. For more thoughts on this, check out Jonathan’s sider over on The Daily Free Press.

As poor as the game was from a BU perspective, the night started off bright, with freshman defenseman Chad Krys netting on the team’s first shot of the game. It all went downhill from there on out, and junior netminder Connor LaCouvee was bested three times, all unanswered. For a full account of the game, check out Shelby’s recap over on The Daily Free Press.


Postgame Remarks

Looking down the road, BU next plays on Friday night against Merrimack at Agganis Arena. Revenge will be on the line.

Ahead of that clash, we want to hear your thoughts below!

RECAP: BU earns sweep of BC with 3-0 win at Conte Forum

mumihvsbc-618-1600x1065What a weekend for the No. 3 Boston University men’s hockey team.

Pegged against its archrival, No. 10 Boston College, head coach David Quinn’s side earned a 3-0 win at Conte Forum on Monday night, capping off a series sweep. The Terriers had previously beaten the Eagles, 2-1, at home on Friday night, paving the way for four vital points in the Hockey East standings.

Freshman goaltender Jake Oettinger was once again outstanding, as he posted 34 saves and made the difficult ones look routine. The defense deserves plenty of credit, too, as it limited BC’s “Grade-A” chances and ultimately silenced head coach Jerry York’s squad. For a full recap of the night’s affairs, check out Shelby’s recap over on The Daily Free Press.

A dominant storyline from Monday’s tilt was the play of freshman forward Patrick Curry. He opened the scoring on a second-period power play, and was often doing the little things right against the Eagles. For a full account of the 21-year-old winger’s night, check out Jonathan’s story over on The Daily Free Press.

With a 1-0 lead late and two power-play chances, BU iced the game via goals from sophomore forwards Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Bobo Carpenter. Looking ahead, BU welcomes the University of Maine to Agganis Arena on Friday night, only to travel up to Orono on Saturday night for the reverse fixture.


Postgame Presser:

Tweets of the Game:

The Small Five:

  1. JFK now has seven goals in his last four games. The center from Stockholm, Sweden is on fire.
  2. Across the weekend, BU never allowed an even-strength goal. The Eagles’ lone tally came on Friday, with Colin White striking on the power play.
  3. While this is hard to measure, that felt like the most complete weekend the Terriers have put together all season. There was opportunistic finishing, solid offensive zone time, great transitions through the neutral zone and stellar goaltending. All around, there were little to no flaws. The only gripe I can think of is BU’s third period from Friday’s game, as it sat back and nearly offerred BC a lifeline.
  4. He’s not getting on the scoresheet, but I’ve really been impressed with sophomore forward Ryan Cloonan’s play. His ability on the breakout is nearly flawless, and his speed across the blueline continually pins defensemen back.
  5. BU now sits in second place in the Hockey East standings. Its next opponent, the Maine Black Bears, is tied for last place. We could very well see the Terriers surging up the table even more next weekend.

From The FreeP: BU beats Yale to close out 2016

While about 10 days remain until Christmas, the Boston University men’s hockey team handed its fans an early present to close out 2016.

Slated against the Yale University Bulldogs, BU skated comfortably to a 5-2 win. For a full recap of the night’s events, check out Jonathan’s game story over on The Daily Free Press.

The night’s first star – perhaps to the surprise of everyone in attendance – was sophomore defenseman Shane Switzer. He potted two goals in just his ninth collegiate game, and offered a steady presence along the blueline. Check out Nick’s story over on The Daily Free Press about the Michigan native.


Tweets of the game:


From The FreeP: BU drops second game to Denver

The Terriers dropped their second game against Denver, 3-1, this past weekend. Jonathan wrote up a quick recap of the game over on The Daily Free Press, so check it out when you get a chance.

BU now returns home with a 1-2 record, and Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac come to Agganis Arena on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

This early-season stretch could be a big swing for coach Quinn’s team, as they’ll look to shake off a disappointing time in Colorado. ICYMI, here’s Nick’s recap of the Friday night loss, in which BU lost 4-3.

From the FreeP: Men’s hockey reflects on 2015-16 season, David Quinn offers positive spin

Following a 7-2 loss to the University of Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 26, Boston University men’s hockey head coach David Quinn told reporters in St. Paul, Minnesota: “It seems like our season ended at [the University of] Notre Dame. I don’t know what happened to us mentally. We were playing good hockey, and we became a fragile group mentally.”

Had BU won or tied in that game against Notre Dame on Feb. 27, it would have been guaranteed a top-four spot in the league standings and a first-round bye in the Hockey East Tournament. Instead, it ran into a spotless, 39-save shutout from Fighting Irish goaltender Cal Petersen and dropped into fifth place in the league, prompting a first-round appearance in the conference tournament.

Quinn, even three and a half weeks following the season-ending loss to Denver, still viewed that 1-0 loss in South Bend, Indiana as the singular moment where things stopped clicking for the Terriers mentally and where the issues “snowballed” as the season tumbled to its conclusion.


UPDATED: BU’s season comes to end in South Bend

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Garrett Noonan lay on the ice nearly motionless. After taking a hit from University of Notre Dame defenseman Stephen Johns, the senior captain of the Boston University men’s hockey team needed a minute to gather himself and catch a breath. The Terriers (10-21-4, 5-12-3 Hockey East) were down 3-1 with fewer than seven minutes left in the game.

Boston University defenseman Garrett Noonan and
Notre Dame forward T.J. Tynan battle for the puck.
Photo by Michelle Jay.
Noonan, despite being rattled from the previous play, returned to the ice, epitomizing the resilience of the entire team. In the end, though, ninth-seeded BU’s effort fell just short as the eighth-seeded Fighting Irish (21-12-2, 9-9-2) defeated the Terriers 3-2 at Compton Family Ice Arena in the opening round of the Hockey East tournament Saturday evening.

“None of us accepted it — accepted losing,” Noonan said. “It seems like whenever we were down we got back up. It’s an honor to say I got to play with those guys.”

For the first half of the game, the Fighting Irish started exactly where they left off two weeks ago, scoring two goals and shutting down BU’s offense.

Notre Dame initially got on the board after center T.J. Tynan pickpocketed sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen in BU’s zone. Tynan, who brought the puck over to the left circle, then sent a pass to his linemate, Bryan Rust, on the right side of the goal. After deking around sprawled-out BU goaltender Matt O’Connor, Rust flipped his shot into the left side of the net.

After the goal, the Terriers had two power-play opportunities — including one that carried over into the opening seconds of the middle frame — but the team failed to even record a shot with the man-advantage.

“You can feel it deflate the bench,” said BU coach David Quinn. “I think that’s happened to us over the last month because our power play has not been good. Not only has it not produced from a numbers standpoint, we haven’t looked good on it.

“You can just feel it on the bench, it kind of demoralized us.”

Having failed to convert on the power play, the Terriers needed to fend off the Fighting Irish after BU registered two penalties over the course of a three-minute span. Seconds after the team killed off the second penalty, though, Notre Dame increased its initial lead after left wing and captain Jeff Costello sent a shot from the right circle that went through O’Connor’s five-hole.

The score mirrored the previous meetings between the teams where the Fighting Irish defeated BU 2-0 in back-to-back games. The similarities ended with fewer than four minutes left in the frame, though, when junior wing Evan Rodrigues found the back of the net, snapping the team’s scoreless streak against Notre Dame goaltender Steven Summerhays that had lasted roughly 155 minutes.

After putting multiple shots on Summerhays near the crease, Rodrigues finally broke through when he picked up his own rebound and notched it into the left side of the goal, making it a 2-1 game.

While that goal gave the team confidence, according to Quinn, it did not last for long as Notre Dame once again took a two-goal lead over the Terriers in the opening minutes of the third period.

As the game neared its end, though, the Fighting Irish gave BU an opportunity. With wing Mike Voran already in the penalty box for tripping, Johns hit Noonan, giving BU a 5-on-3 advantage for 51 seconds.

Although Noonan originally came off the ice with the help of a trainer, the defenseman stayed on the bench and eventually made his way back on the ice during the ensuing power play. With the Voran penalty having come off the clock just 11 seconds earlier, Noonan sent a pass over to freshman center Robbie Baillargeon, who bounced his shot off the back of the net, making it a one-goal game once again.

Despite pulling O’Connor for the final 1:19 of the game and a breakaway chance by freshman wing Nick Roberto, though, the Terriers could not complete the comeback.

As the final buzzer sounded, Noonan and several other Terriers glided down toward their goal hunched over with their season — and for some of them, their BU careers — having just come to an end.

“I think we’re all crushed,” Noonan said.

UPDATED: Terriers earn first road victory in 4-2 win at Northeastern

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

It looks like all the Boston University men’s hockey team needed to win on the road was to play as close as it could to home, as the Terriers topped No. 9 Northeastern University 4-2 to finally earn their first road win of the season Saturday night at Matthews Arena.

The victory also marked the Terriers’ first back-to-back win since Nov. 17 and 22, and the first two-win weekend of the season since the first weekend. The back-to-back wins came despite several different Terrier players suspended by the team both nights.

“I’ve been coaching almost 20 years and I don’t know if I have been prouder,” said BU coach David Quinn. “Through some difficult times and a difficult season to respond the way we did over the last two nights shows our resiliency and our character and our leadership.”

BU (10-20-4, 5-12-3 Hockey East) will be traveling to Notre Dame for the first round of the Hockey East tournament. The Terriers were shut out twice in their trip to South Bend, Ind. a week ago.
“Those one-game situations, anything can happen,” Quinn said. “So I’m excited to go to Notre Dame.”

It was sophomore forward Matt Lane – who did not play in Friday night’s game due to a team suspension – who put the Terriers on the board first six seconds into its first power play of the contest. With Northeastern forward John Stevens in the box for tripping, freshman defenseman Doyle Somerby sent a shot off of Huskies goaltender Clay Witt’s pad right onto Lane’s stick for an easy rebound goal.

It was Lane’s sixth goal of the season, and BU’s first power play goal in its last 16 power play opportunities, a span during which it had allowed two shorthanded goals against.

Northeastern (18-12-4, 10-8-2 Hockey East) brought the game with a little less than eight minutes remaining in the period though, when winger Braden Pimm capitalized on a shot from the top of the slot. BU goaltender Matt O’Connor got a piece of it, but he failed to keep it from crossing the goal line as Pimm scored his second goal in as many nights against BU.

The Huskies even took a brief lead in the second period when freshman Zach Aston-Reese received a pass as the trailer on a 3-on-2 and ripped it past O’Connor’s glove for his eighth goal of the season. The goal came off a great feed from winger Kevin Roy, who added to his team-leading 43 points on the season.

The Terriers struck back with two quick strikes in the final six minutes of the second though. Lane scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway in which he deked past Witt and scored on his backhand. It was Lane’s first-career multi-goal game.

“I just I marked my guy and fortunately got a good stick on the puck and then I was just off to the races,” Lane said.”
Less than two minutes later, Somerby added his first-career goal on a backhander that beat Witt to his blocker side. The goal came after a nice steal at the defensive blue line by freshman forward Tommy Kelley, whose one-on-one deke left the puck sitting in the slot for Somerby to capitalize on. It was a two-goal swing that gave BU a lead it did not surrender.

Sophomore forward Mike Moran added to the scoring 7:39 into the third period, ripping a snap shot off the left post and in for his fifth goal of the season. Freshman winger Nick Roberto added an assist on the play.

Sophomore forward Danny O’Regan, freshman forwards Brendan Collier and Kevin Duane and senior defenseman Matt Ronan all did not play due to what appeared to be disciplinary reasons. Freshman defenseman T.J. Ryan also did not play, but he was out with an injury.

The thin lineup could be here to stay though, especially with all the success the team has been having.

“It’s very nice, very nice,” Quinn said. “Don’t be surprised if I play nine forwards and five defensemen in the playoffs, even if nobody gets in trouble.”