Tilts against Union, Michigan, U.S. National Junior Team highlight Terriers’ 2014-15 schedule

By Conor Ryan/DFP Staff

David Quinn’s second go-around with the Boston University men’s hockey team looks to be a memorable, if not challenging, campaign.
The program released its 2014-15 schedule Thursday, revealing plenty of both new and familiar matchups for the Terriers.
Games against reigning NCAA champion Union College, University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan and both the U.S. National Junior Team and the U.S. National Under-18 Team highlight the schedule for the Terriers, who are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013-14 year.
BU’s season will kick off on Oct. 4, as the Terriers will host St. Thomas University-New Brunswick before opening up regular-season play on the road against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on Oct. 10.
The Terriers will then host the U.S. U-18 team on Oct. 18 before starting their home schedule the following weekend with games against Michigan State University and Michigan on Oct. 24 and 25, respectively.
Other notable non-conference games on the schedule include the first ever meeting between Union and BU at Agganis Arena on Jan. 3 and contests against Harvard University (Nov. 25), Colgate University (Nov. 29), Dartmouth College (Nov. 30) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Dec. 13).
The Terriers will also travel to Madison for the first time since 2000 to take on Wisconsin in a two-game road tilt on Jan. 9-10. BU will also move back to its old confines of Walter Brown Arena on Dec. 19 to take on the U.S. National Junior Team.
Twenty-two Hockey East games are set for the upcoming season, including a home game against Boston College on Jan. 16. Two Hockey East teams will be making their first trips up to Agganis this season, as BU will host the University of Notre Dame for a weekend series on Feb. 20-21 and new conference member University of Connecticut on Nov. 16.
The Terriers will kick off the 63rd annual Beanpot on Feb. 2 and 9 at TD Garden. BU will take on Harvard in the first round before taking on either Boston College or Northeastern University the following weekend.
For the full schedule, check out the “2014-15 schedule” tab on the left.

From the FreeP: Defense provides offense in win over Badgers

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

In a span of 18 seconds in the second period, the No. 15 Boston University men’s hockey team showed how it produces its best offense — from its defensemen. The Terriers used shots from the point to score twice during that stretch, and took control in a 7-3 win over No. 2 University of Wisconsin.

Defensemen scoring points is nothing new for the Terriers this season, as its top two scorers are sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen (one goal, six assists) and senior defenseman Garrett Noonan (two goals, four assists). Each of the four defensemen who have played in all four games this season have at least one point on the year.

“This day and age, you need five guys who are going to generate offense,” said BU coach David Quinn. “You can’t rely on your three forwards. We certainly are always going to ask our defensemen to get involved in the offense. It’s the only way you’re going to be able to create offense. Obviously, we have got some skill back there, and they are going to help us generate offense.”

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UPDATED: No. 15 Terriers defeat No. 2 Wisconsin in 7-3 rout

By Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

For close to five minutes during the second period Saturday evening, the No. 15 Boston University men’s hockey team let its guard down. With a one-goal lead and a man-advantage after a major penalty, the Terriers had five minutes to extend their lead over the No. 2 University of Wisconsin.

“We had nothing going,” said BU coach David Quinn. “It was really frustrating standing there watching that … You think you have a lot of time, and you lose your intensity level.”

With 19 seconds left on the power play, however, BU (3-1-0) broke through as sophomore defenseman Matt Grzelcyk took a shot from the right circle that Badger (2-2-0) netminder Landon Peterson could not handle.

The goal marked a turning point during Saturday’s game at Agganis Arena, as it sparked an offensive surge in the second half of what had been a close contest. By the time the final horn sounded, the Terriers had overcome Wisconsin by a final score of 7-3.

After struggling in the first 10 minutes of the game Friday evening, the Terriers came out strongly against Wisconsin on Saturday, taking a 1-0 lead about halfway through the first. Just six seconds into the Terriers’ first power-play opportunity of the night, sophomore defensemen Ahti Oksanen registered his first goal of the season after he picked up a pass from senior captain Garrett Noonan and ripped it by Peterson from the top of the left circle.

BU’s early lead did not make it out of the first period, however, as Wisconsin also found the back of the net while on the power play in the waning minutes of the frame. With Grzelcyk in the box for holding, Badger junior Jake McCabe evened the score with his second goal of the season.

Grzelcyk’s time in the penalty box was the last of three penalties in the first period, and, according to Quinn, the series of penalties tilted the ice in favor of Wisconsin for the second half of the frame.

“I thought the first 10 minutes were the best hockey we played all year,” Quinn said. “Then all of a sudden, we take three penalties in a 10-minute stretch, and it really changed the momentum of the game. I thought they really took it to us.”

Neither team found the back of the net again until a 39-second flurry halfway through the second period when both BU and Wisconsin combined for three goals.

Noonan kicked off the spree with a slap shot from the point after picking up a pass from Oksanen to break up the 1-1 stalemate. BU then picked up another goal 18 seconds later when wing Robbie Baillargeon tipped in a shot from Grzelcyk for the freshman’s first goal of his collegiate career.

Not to be outdone, Wisconsin center Keegan Meuer cut the Terriers’ lead to 3-2 just 16 seconds after the Baillargeon goal.

The Terriers regained the lead, however, after Wisconsin center Nic Kerdiles received a game misconduct and a major penalty for contact to the head after hitting freshman forward Tommy Kelley into the boards. After briefly coming back on the ice later in the period, Kelley left the game at the end of the frame with a head injury.

This power-play opportunity led to the goal by Grzelcyk that changed the complexion of the game.

With the momentum back on their side, the Terriers broke the game open in the third with a three-goal period. The frame started off with a tally by sophomore winger Mike Moran, who picked up a pass from senior captain Patrick MacGregor off of the boards and slipped it by Peterson to put BU up 5-2.

The Badgers inched their way back into the contest exactly seven minutes later with their second power-play goal of the night on a shot by wing Michael Mersch, but BU pounced for two more goals in the next three minutes to take a 7-3 lead.

Sophomore forward Matt Lane picked up his first goal of the season when he snapped a shot from the far side by Peterson. Just more than two minutes later, junior center Cason Hohmann scored BU’s final goal of the game as he bounced a pass from behind the net off of a Wisconsin player’s stick with the Terriers on the power play.

According to sophomore goaltender Matt O’Connor, who picked up 39 saves and his second win of the season in the contest, the Terriers came into the game focused on themselves and not Wisconsin’s 9-3 struggle against Boston College Friday evening.

“Quinn was quick to address that we have to focus on ourselves, and, realistically, we were kind of frustrated coming off of our loss [Friday to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute],” O’Connor said. “We weren’t really focused on what happened with them and their game earlier. We were really hungry for two points here, and we really showed a lot of will to win right up to the last minute, got some lucky bounces and really moved the puck well.”

Live Blog: No. 15 Terriers face tough test in No. 2 Wisconsin

Time/location: 7:00 p.m., Agganis Arena

BU lines:
Tommy Kelley – Danny O’Regan – Evan Rodrigues
Matt Lane – Cason Hohmann – Robbie Baillargeon
Brendan Collier – Nick Roberto – Sam Kurker
Mike Moran – Dillon Lawrence – Kevin Duane

Ahti Oksanen – Garrett Noonan
Matt Grzelcyk – Patrick MacGregor
Doyle Somerby – Dalton MacAfee

Matt O’Connor

Sean Maguire
Anthony Moccia

Wisconsin lines:
Joseph Labate – Mark Zengerle – Tyler Barnes
Morgan Zulinick – Nic Kerdiles – Michael Mersch
Grant Besse – Jefferson Dahl – Sean Little
Matt Paape – Keegan Meuer – Brad Navin
Jake McCabe – Frankie Simonelli
Kevin Schulze – Joe Faust
Eddie Wittchow – Chase Drake
Landon Peterson
Adam Miller

Referees: Tim Benedetto, Kevin Shea
Assistant referees: Chris Aughe, Marc Sullivan

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