No. 18 men’s hockey set for No. 9 Providence in Hockey East championship

It’s been three years since the No. 18 Boston University men’s hockey team faced No. 9 Providence College at TD Garden. In that game, the Friars (23-10-4, 13-7-4 Hockey East) overcame Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Jack Eichel and downed BU (20-13-4, 12-8-4 Hockey East) to take home the school’s first national championship.

For the Terriers, the options are simple: with a win they secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, but with a loss, their season is over.

BU’s season almost ended Friday night at the hands of No. 14 Boston College.

The Eagles (20-14-3, 18-6 Hockey East) jumped out to a 2-0 lead by three minutes and 26 seconds into the second period.

However, the Terriers battled to send the game into overtime, where sophomore forward Patrick Curry cleaned up a rebound from freshman forward Shane Bowers 15:40 into the extended period to send BU to the championship game.

The Terriers have remained undefeated (13-0-2) in games where Curry has notched a point.

The Friars also needed overtime to put themselves in position to win their first Hockey East crown since 1996.

In a battle of two top-10 teams, Providence overcame No. 7 Northeastern University 2-1 in overtime.

The Friars jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Huskies (23-9-5 15-6-3 Hockey East) knotted the game in the second period thanks to a short-handed goal by senior forward and assistant captain Dylan Sikura.

Freshman forward Austin Goldstein and sophomore forward Kasper Bjorkqvist each tallied goals for Northeastern and Providence, respectively, in the third period, but sophomore forward Brandon Duhaime scored the game-winner for the Friars 9:55 into overtime.

BU and Providence split the three regular season games evenly at 1-1-1, with both wins coming from the home team.

Sophomore defenseman Chad Krys picked up three points against the Friars, including a two-goal game at Agganis Arena on Nov. 3. Junior forward and assistant captain Bobo Carpenter also recorded a two-goal game against Providence at Agganis on Jan. 13.

The Friars are led by Hockey East First-Team All-Stars junior forward Erik Foley and sophomore defenseman Jacob Bryson. Foley recorded two goals against the Terriers this season.

In net, the Friars feature Hockey East All-Star Second Team member junior goaltender Hayden Hawkey — who shutout BU earlier this season at Schneider Arena. He will be tasked with stopping a BU offense that averages 3.14 goals per game, a mark that is good for second in the conference.

Hawkey’s netminding counterpart, sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger, also recorded a shutout in the series on Nov. 3. The Terriers will rely on the Lakeville, Minnesota native to slow down a Providence team that is third in the conference in scoring, as the Friars average 3.11 goals per game.

Providence already has guaranteed its spot in the NCAA tournament, but for the Terriers, it is the definition of “win or go home.”

State of the Terriers’ offense after the regular season

Well folks, we made it through the regular season. With the news of sophomore forward Patrick Harper being ruled out for the rest of the season, Liam and I have seen a lot of concern the scoring depth. Here we have outlined the top five leaders in the offensive stats. If Harper is in the top five, we have included the person who finished sixth in the category

Points

1. Junior forward and assistant captain Bobo Carpenter takes the top spot with 30 points.

T2. Despite missing four games this season for the Olympics, junior forward and assistant captain Jordan Greenway finished tied for second with 27 points. Freshman forward Shane Bowers also picked up 27 points. Bowers finished second in the Hockey East among freshmen.

 T3. We have a tie between sophomore defenseman Dante Fabbro and freshman forward Brady Tkachuk. Both had 26 points in the regular season. Fabbro finished second in Hockey East among defensmen. Tkachuk finished third among freshmen.

Goals

1. Carpenter once again takes the top spot here, finding the back of the net 18 times. 

2. Bowers finds himself with 16 goals this season. Bowers finished third in the country among freshmen.

3. Greenway lit the lamp 10 times this season.

4. With nine goals, Fabbro finished tied for fourth in the country among blue liners and at the top of the conference.

5. Harper ended the season fifth on the team with eight tallies

*6. Despite not scoring a goal until the fourteenth goal of the season, Tkachuk finished the season with seven goals. He finished tied for tenth among freshmen nationally. 

 

 

Assists

1. Tkachuk takes the top spot with 19 helpers. He finished tied for eighth in the country among rookies and led the conference among freshmen

T2. Greenway finished the season second on the team tied with Fabbro with 17 assists. Fabbro finished tied for fourth in the conference among defensemen.

4.  Sophomore defenseman Chad Krys finished fourth on the Terriers with 16 assists. Which had him sixth in the conference among blue liners.

5. Harper finished with the season with 13 assists

*6.  Carpenter finished his strong junior season with 12 assists.

Power play goals

1. Carpenter finished fifth in the conference with seven power play goals.

T2. Fabbro led all Terrier defensemen with four goals on the power play, Harper also finished with four goals on the power play. 

T3. Greenway, Krys and Bowers all found the back of the net three times this season with the man advantage.

Short handed goals

1. Once again Carpenter led the way. He had two short handed goals this season and finished tied for third in the Hockey East

T2. Greenway and Tkachuk had a short handed goal this season.

Hat-Tricks

1. Carpenter finished tied for first in the conference with two three-goal games

2. Fabbro had one of two hat-tricks from the blue line in the conference.

Breakdown by class

1. Freshmen led the way with 109 points this season. They combined for 40 goals and 69 assists.

2. Sophomores combined for 81 points with 26 goals and 55 assists.

3. Despite having three players, the junior class of Carpenter, forward Ryan Cloonan and Greenway combined for 58 points with 28 goals and 30 assists.

4. In their final season at BU, the seniors had 38 points off 11 goals and 27 assists.

As a team, BU finished the season second in scoring offense with 3.09 goals per game and fifteenth nationally

Their power play also finished second converting on 22.6 percent of its chances. It also finished ninth in the nation with its power play.

 

Features published while the Blog was down

Although the blog was down for most of the season, that didn’t stop us from publishing articles on The Daily Free Press’ main website. In this post you can find Matt’s feature on junior forward and assistant captain Bobo Carpenter  and his 20 questions with freshman forward Brady Tkachuk.

Don’t forget to check out Liam’s article on freshman defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo as well as Liam’s most recent artcie on the BU Pep Band.

We also have one more for you readers. Before she became the Sports Editor for the FreeP, Nikki wrote a feature on sophomore defensemen Chad Krys and Dante Fabbro.

Please be advised while reading these articles that the records and stats are accurate at the time of being published which could be different as of today.

Liam and I do have some more cool stories that we are currently working and they will be published soon.

Weekend Roundup: Lowell series, end of semester thoughts

The Boston University men’s hockey team finished 2017 with two matchups against the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This was the first time the two teams had faced each other unranked since Dec. 7, 2007.

Jordan Greenway recorded three goals and one assist on Saturday. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Jordan Greenway recorded three goals and one assist on Saturday. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Friday night at Tsongas Center, the Terriers had a 2-1 lead going into the final period of the game after freshman forward Brady Tkachuk and graduate transfer forward Drew Melanson struck less than a minute into the first and second period respectively.

However, BU couldn’t maintain the lead as the River Hawks found the back of the net twice in the third and the Terriers couldn’t get the puck past Lowell junior goaltender Christoffer Hernberg.

Saturday ensued much differently. BU notched three goals in each period for a 9-3 win to end the semester. Junior forward Jordan Greenway tallied a hat-trick, which included a short-handed goal.

Sophomore forward Patrick Harper scored twice on the power play, freshman defenseman Cam Crotty got his first collegiate goal and sophomore defenseman Chad Krys notched a goal the following shift after being hit hard in the leg by a shot from River Hawks senior defenseman Chris Forney.

Chad Krys was helped off the ice, but returned back to the BU bench quickly. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Chad Krys was helped off the ice, but returned back to the BU bench quickly. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

While the Terriers will go into the winter break on a high note and the team appears optimistic about the next half of their season, the Lowell series continued to highlight an ever so familiar sequence of events.

Over BU’s past three Hockey East series, the squad has been limited to two goals or less on one night then puts up seven or more goals the next. This was seen specifically in the Terriers’ splits with the University of Maine, then-No. 15 Boston College and this past weekend.

BU is currently tied for No. 3 in the conference with No. 9 Providence College and in the upcoming half of the season, it will face many opponents again and play Hockey East series against Merrimack College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Vermont.

This latter portion of the season will certainly provide a challenge to the Terriers who have proven they can play against a top team like BC, but they have yet to see a full sweep and take home four points.

BU’s next game will be an exhibition game against the United States National Team Development Program on Jan. 5 where many of the Terriers will see their former teammates. Following that game will be another matchup against Maine at Agganis Arena.

Another note before the articles and media below: I (Nikki) will be assuming the role of the sports editor of The Daily Free Press during the spring semester so Liam O’Brien and Matt Martin will be the main writers for men’s hockey and the Boston Hockey Blog. I may come back to cover a couple games, but I’d like to thank everyone for a great semester, hanging in with us through the technical difficulties and keeping along with the blog.

What are you thoughts on the Lowell series and the first half of the 2017-18 season?

Read our articles from the weekend below:

Friday’s Articles

Recap – “Men’s hockey unable to sustain lead in 3-2 loss to UMass Lowell

Sider on Melanson – “Drew Melanson finds success on men’s hockey top line

Saturday’s Articles

Recap – “Men’s hockey trumps UMass-Lowell, 9-3, behind hat trick from Jordan Greenway

Sider on players that benefitted BU’s lineup – “Addition of Fabbro, Chabot and Curry help men’s hockey beat UMass Lowell 9-3

Here are some Twitter posts, highlights and post-game press conferences from the weekend:

2018 World Junior Championships preliminary rosters announced, 5 BU players named

Patrick Harper will look to take home another gold medal. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Patrick Harper will look for another gold medal. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

The United States, Canada and Finland 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary rosters were announced earlier this week.

Five players from the Boston University men’s hockey team – some returning and some new – saw their names on the rosters among many other young hockey players who hope to represent their home countries in Buffalo, New York from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

Last year, Team USA won its fourth title after beating Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout.

Below are the five Terriers that were named to their respective countries’ WJC preliminary rosters. Team USA invited 28 players and will narrow the group down to 23 while Team Canada invited 32 players and will narrow it down to a 22-man roster.

The Returners

Sophomore forward Patrick Harper – Team USA

Harper notched one goal for Team USA last year and currently leads BU with 19 points (6g, 13a). Last Friday, Harper assisted four of the Terriers’ goals in the team’s 7-4 win over then-No. 15 Boston College.

Sophomore defenseman Dante Fabbro – Team Canada

Fabbro took home a silver medal with Team Canada last year and was one of two collegiate players on the squad. The New Westminster, British Columbia native currently has 11 points (4g, 7a) and leads BU in blocked shots with 38.

Sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger – Team USA

While Tyler Parsons and BC sophomore goaltender Joseph Woll played in the net during last year’s championships, Oettinger came home with a gold medal. This year, Woll and Maine’s freshman goaltender Jeremy Swayman were also named to the preliminary roster.

The Lakeville, Minnesota native currently sits on a .905 goal save percentage and 2.89 goals against average over 15 games.

“It’s awesome and I’ve been lucky enough to do it a couple of times and it never gets old. [There’s] a really good group of guys invited to that camp so really excited to reconnect with those guys and start trying to defend our gold medal from last year, but that’s all going to come after what should be a strong end of the season here at BU.” – Oettinger after practice on Thursday.

The Newbies

Freshman defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo – Team Finland

The Finnish defenseman has represented Team Finland on many occasions including winning a gold medal in the IIHF World Under-18 World Championship. Kotkansalo currently leads BU’s freshman defensemen in blocked shots with 23, and has one goal and three assists on the season.

Freshman forward Brady Tkachuk – Team USA

Tkachuk won gold with Team USA in the 2017 U18 World Championship and collected seven points (1g, 6a) on top of serving as captain. The St. Louis, Missouri native is currently fifth highest on the team in points with 12 (2g, 10a) and leads in plus minus rating of +9.

The Missing One?

Sophomore defenseman Chad Krys – Team USA

Krys was named to USA’s preliminary roster last year, but didn’t make the final cut. Last season, the defenseman finished a solid season with 11 points (5g, 6a) after being linemates with current Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy. Krys has surpassed that with 14 points (4g, 10a) over 17 games this season.

“Yeah, obviously you feel like it’s one of your children so you’re always hopeful and you always think very highly of him. It’s disappointing for Chad, but the one thing I know that he and I’ve talked about is you just move past it and he gets to spend Christmas at home and get some time off. There’s always a silver lining to everything.” – BU head coach David Quinn after practice on Thursday.

 

What are your thoughts on the BU players chosen for the WJC preliminary rosters?

Weekend Roundup: Red Hot Hockey

On Saturday, the No. 19 Boston University men’s hockey team played No. 7 Cornell University in the sixth installment of Red Hot Hockey, which takes place at Madison Square Garden.

The Terriers now have a 3-1-2 record in Red Hot Hockey. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
The Terriers now have a 3-1-2 record in Red Hot Hockey. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

The Terriers found themselves in a 3-0 hole after the first 30 minutes of the game. However, tallies from sophomore defensemen Dante Fabbro and Chad Krys, and sophomore forward Patrick Harper put BU within one goal.

While the Big Red couldn’t seal the game with two empty-netter chances, the Terriers were unable to tie up the game and fell for the first time in the biennial Thanksgiving weekend matchup.

BU will resume Hockey East conference play this weekend with a series against its crosstown rival, No. 14 Boston College. The first game will take place at Conte Forum on Friday and then at Agganis Arena on Saturday.

Read our articles from the weekend below:

Recap – “Men’s hockey falls to No. 7 Cornell at Red Hot Hockey

Sider on second period – “Late goals not enough for men’s hockey, second period mistakes pile up

 Here are some Twitter posts, highlights and the post-game press conference:

Weekend Roundup: Providence and Northeastern

The No. 15 Boston University men’s hockey team went into the weekend looking for four Hockey East conference points and emerged with two.

After going point-less for three games, freshman forward Shane Bowers collects an assist on Greenway’s goal against Northeastern. PHOTO BY MADDIE MAHOLTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
After going point-less for three games, freshman forward Shane Bowers collects an assist on Greenway’s goal against Northeastern. PHOTO BY MADDIE MAHOLTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

On Friday night, the Terriers looked to bounce back from their 3-0 loss to No. 8 Providence College. After a scoreless two periods, sophomore defenseman Chad Krys broke through the Friars’ defense and scored his first two goals of the season within 1:37 of the other. Sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger’s 31-save night also contributed to the 2-0 win and marked his fifth collegiate shutout.

However, BU was unable to carry this momentum into the following night as it hosted No. 13 Northeastern University. Forwards Bobby Hampton and Nolan Stevens got the Huskies on the board twice during the opening frame in what appeared to mimic last season’s Hockey East quarterfinals to a tee.

Unlike like the quarterfinals, the Terriers were unable to come back despite junior forward Jordan Greenway’s second goal of the season. Stevens went on to score twice more in the second period to bring Northeastern home a 4-1 win while BU accumulated two game misconducts in the final period.

While the Terriers were unable to match the Huskies’ offense, they will have another chance next Friday night at Matthews arena. Then the following night BU will host the University of No. 9 New Hampshire at Agganis Arena.

Read our articles from the weekend below:

Friday’s Articles

Recap – “Men’s hockey beats Providence 2-0, Oettinger gets fifth career shutout

Sider on Krys’ two-goal night – “Chad Krys scores twice to lead men’s hockey to 2-0 win over Providence

Saturday’s Articles

Recap – “Men’s hockey falls to Northeastern 4-1 behind Stevens’ hat-trick

Sider on the Terriers’ poor defensive showing – “Men’s hockey unable to come back from Northeastern’s first period goals in 4-1 loss

Here are some Twitter posts from the weekend, highlights and the post-game press conferences:

From the FreeP: UConn Weekend Roundup

The No. 6 Boston University men’s hockey team split its first Hockey East home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut. On both nights, junior forward and assistant captain Bobo Carpenter, who came into the series with no goals, scored for the Terriers first.

Sophomore defenseman Chad Krys is second on the team with 22 shots. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Sophomore defenseman Chad Krys is second on the team with 22 shots. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

On Friday, Carpenter found the back of the net twice during the second period, both on a pair of BU penalty kills. However, the stellar performance was not enough and UConn’s two power-play goals kept the contest at a 2-2 draw after 65 minutes.

On Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford, Carpenter continued his success with a hat-trick while sophomore forward Patrick Curry, and senior defenseman and captain Brandon Hickey each got their first goals of the season.

The Terriers’ next matchup will be against the No. 1 University of Denver on Friday night at Agganis Arena and then they will travel to play No. 11 Providence College on Saturday night.

If you have any feedback about the Boston Hockey Blog or the live blog, please leave us comments or message us on Twitter/Facebook. We like hearing your thoughts and want to continue to improve our coverage for you all.

Read our articles from the weekend below:

Friday’s Articles

Recap – “Men’s hockey ties UConn in first Hockey East game

Sider on Carpenter’s two short-handed goal night – “Men’s hockey ties UConn, 2-2, behind stoic effort by Bobo Carpenter

Saturday’s Articles

Recap – “Men’s hockey beats UConn 6-3 on the road, Carpenter with a hat-trick

Sider on BU’s offensive boost from Carpenter’s hat-trick and Curry’s two even strength goals – “Men’s hockey rides offensive surge from Carpenter, Curry for 6-3 win over UConn

Here are some Twitter posts and highlights from the weekend:

From the FreeP: Opening Weekend Roundup

This weekend the Boston University men’s hockey team held its first ever season opener in the month of September. The Terriers beat Union College 4-1 on Saturday night after a three-point (2g, 1a) performance from sophomore forward Patrick Harper and game-winning goal notched by sophomore defenseman Dante Fabbro.

On Sunday night, BU didn’t have the same luck against the University of Prince Edward Island during its exhibition game. After five minutes of overtime, the game ended in a 5-5 draw. However, the Terriers continued to have a productive power play with four power-play goals after scoring two during opening night, and freshman forward Brady Tkachuk and sophomore defenseman Chad Krys each tallied three points.

BU’s next matchup will be against Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 8). Tune in to the live blog for updates.

Read our articles from the weekend below:

Saturday’s Articles

Union Recap – “Men’s hockey beats Union in season opener, 4-1

Union Sider on the Terriers’ special teams – “Two power play goals lead men’s hockey to a win against Union

Sunday’s Articles

Prince Edward Island Recap – “Men’s hockey ties University of Prince Edward Island in exhibition game

Prince Edward Island Sider on Brady Tkachuk’s performance – “Three-point night for Tkachuk in men’s hockey exhibition

Here are some Twitter posts from the weekend and highlights from Saturday’s game:

 

Feature: BU defense bedrock of what could be a special season

With so much attention falling on BU’s talented forwards, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of how special the D-corps is.

After all, the group allows 2.08 goals per game, tied for the fourth fewest in the nation. The penalty kill enjoys an 87.1 success rate, the NCAA’s fourth best total. And lastly, it has pitched five shutouts through 26 games, more than the last three seasons combined.

Perhaps most notably, the starting sextet – senior Doyle Somerby, juniors Brandon Hickey and John MacLeod, sophomore Charlie McAvoy and freshmen Chad Krys and Dante Fabbro  – are all drafted by NHL teams.

Mindful of all that, Jonathan wrote a longform feature about the contingent and explored what makes the pairings so successful.

Here’s a brief snippet:

“It goes back to us playing for that year together in high school and just getting familiar with tendencies,” MacLeod said. “Now when a certain play goes on I’ll know where he’s going to be and vice versa. It helps a lot because we’re roommates, good friends off the ice and we can always talk about what worked, what didn’t work.”

For a full version of the story, click here.