No. 13 men’s hockey to take on No. 10 Michigan in NCAA Northeast Regional final

It certainly has been a tale of two seasons for the No. 13 Boston University men’s hockey team — and it is not over yet. After facing off against No. 4 Cornell University 3-1 Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals at the DCU Center in Worcester, the Terriers (22-13-4, 12-8-4 Hockey East) downed Cornell (25-6-2) 3-1 in a rematch of November’s Red Hot Hockey game.

Freshmen forwards Shane Bowers and Logan Cockerill as well as freshman defenseman David Farrance all found the back of the net in the win against the Big Red.

On Sunday in the regional finals, the Terriers will take on the No. 10 University of Michigan for the ninth time in the NCAA tournament, which marks the most times BU has played a single opponent in the tournament of all time.

The Wolverines (21-14-3) knocked off No. 8 Northeastern University 3-2 yesterday, thanks two goals from junior forward Cooper Marody and one from senior forward Dexter Dancs.

The game will feature a total of 19 players currently drafted by NHL teams with the Terriers having 12 on their roster and the Wolverines sporting seven.

However, both teams also have a top-four rated North American Skater for the NHL draft in BU’s freshman forward Brady Tkachuk and Michigan’s freshman defenseman Quinn Hughes, who are ranked third and fourth, respectively.

Although they will be facing off against each other Sunday, Hughes and Tkachuk were teammates during the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship for Team USA.

Both the Terriers and the Wolverines sent three players to the international tournament. For BU, sophomores goaltender Jake Oettinger and forward Patrick Harper. In addition to Hughes, Michigan sent forwards sophomore Will Lockwood and freshman Josh Norris.

Tkachuk outscored the three Wolverines in that tournament 9-6.

Since returning from the tournament on Jan. 6, Oettinger boasts a 1.96 goals against average and a goal save percentage of .931, which puts the Lakeville, Minnesota native 11th in the nation in both categories.

The first round Dallas Stars prospect has played extremely well since the start of the Hockey East Tournament on March 9.

During the last five games, the netminder has posted a .949 goal save percentage and a goals against average of 1.69, which puts him fourth and 12th in the country respectively.

BU will look to him to stop a Michigan offense that ranks ninth in the country averaging 3.34 goals per game, which is led by Marody who has 48 points. The Wolverines have seven players more than 20 points and two with 40 or more.

Although BU does not have a single player on their roster with 40 points, it has four players with 30 or more points and a total of eight players with 20 points or more.

Junior forward and assistant captain Bobo Carpenter leads the Terriers in points (35) and goals (20).

Michigan will turn to sophomore goaltender Hayden Lavigne to slow down the Terriers offense.

He current sits on a  .910 goal save percentage and a 2.76 goals against average of 2.76 while picking up one assist.

BU is playing in its third regional final in the past four years, which matches the University of Denver and the University of Minnesota Duluth as the only teams to do so.

With a victory over the Wolverines, the Terriers will find themselves in the Frozen Four for the first time since the 2014-15 season where they fell to Providence College in the National title game.

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.

 

Multiple Terriers to play in World Junior Championship, Hickey to play in Spengler Cup

Although the Boston University men’s hockey team will not return to action until the first weekend of the new year, some Terriers will be wearing the jersey of their respective country over the break.

Freshman forward Brady Tkachuk, sophomores goaltender Jake Oettinger and forward Patrick Harper will represent Team USA in the World Junior Championship which begins play Tuesday, Dec. 26.

Harper leads BU with 21 points, tied for first in assists with 13 and tied for second in goals with 8. Tkachuk leads Terrier freshmen in points and assists with 14 and 10 respectively Oettinger has started 17 games for BU and has a .902 save percentage.

Both Harper and Oettinger skated on the gold medal-winning 2017 U.S. National Junior Team that bested Team Canada 5-4 in a shootout.

Skating for Team Canada is sophomore defenseman Dante Fabbro. Fabbro leads the Terriers with 40 blocked shots and he has 12 points. Fabbro represented Canada in last year’s tournament–in which he took home a silver medal.

Playing for Finland is freshman defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo. Kotkansalo has two goals and three assists on the season.

These will not be the only Terriers playing in international tournaments over their break. Senior defenseman and captain Brandon Hickey was selected to represent team Canada in the Spengler Cup.

Hickey has three goals and two assists for the Terriers.

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:

INFOGRAPHIC: extended

After last Saturday’s win against the No. 11 University of New Hampshire, the No. 18 Boston University men’s hockey team has officially made it through the first third of its 36 regular-game season.

The Boston Hockey Blog decided to compile an infographic on the team’s progress so far. We’ve also elaborated on some of the information in the graphic below and added things that couldn’t fit.

Senior forward Chase Phelps in front of the net against Northeastern University. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Senior forward Chase Phelps in front of the net against Northeastern University. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Rankings: No. 2 (preseason), No. 2, No. 7, No. 6, No. 12, No. 15, No. 18

As per USCHO.com

BU was slated as No. 2 behind University of Denver in the preseason poll, and kept this standing as it beat Union 4-1 during its home-opener and Quinnipiac University 4-3 in overtime. However, a sweep by Minnesota State University caused the Terriers to drop to No. 7. The following weekend, BU split its series against UConn and moved up a spot. 

After losing to both the Denver and Providence College, the Terriers went to No. 12. The following weekend, BU split its Hockey East matchups after a win against Providence, but a loss to Northeastern, causing it to drop to No. 15. Finally, despite beating UNH, the Terriers were swept by Northeastern giving them a No. 18 spot in the polls. 

Record: 5-6-1, 3-3-1 Hockey East during the Terriers’ first 12 games

Power Play: 20.4 percent

  • Junior forward Bobo Carpenter has scored four of his seven goals while BU was on a power play.

Penalty Kill: 70.6 percent

  • Carpenter scored two short-handed goals against UConn on Oct. 20.

Faceoff Wins: 50.9 percent

Goals per Game: 2.4

Shots per Game: 32.5

Other Leading Scorers:

  • Freshman forward Shane Bowers (4g, 2a) – 6 points
  • Sophomore defenseman Dante Fabbro (3g, 3a) – 6 points
  • Sophomore forward Patrick Curry (2g, 1a) – 3 points
  • Senior defenseman Brandon Hickey (1g, 2a) – 3 points

Terriers with Two Points: freshman forward Ty Amonte, graduate transfer forward Drew Melanson, freshman defenseman David Farrance

Freshman forward Shane Bowers with the puck in BU's 2-0 win against Providence College. PHOTO BY MADDIE MAHOLTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Freshman forward Shane Bowers with the puck in BU’s 2-0 win against Providence College. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Goaltending:

  • Jake Oettinger sits on a .904 goal save percentage and 2.91 goals against average over 658:41 minutes
  • Max Prawdzik owns a .968 goal save percentage and .91 goals against average over 66:03 minutes

Other Things to Note:

  • Fabbro leads the team in blocked shots with 32
  • Krys leads in shots with 45
  • Freshman forward Brady Tkachuk leads BU with a plus-minus rating of +7
  • The Terriers have been outscored 15-8 in the second period
  • BU has allowed its opponent to score first in seven games with a 2-5 record in those contests

Other Notable Quotes:

  • “For the next 50 minutes they played men’s hockey and we played boy’s hockey, and that was the difference.” — Coach Quinn after 3-6 loss to Minnesota State University
  • “At the end of the day, this is a game about scoring goals. We can talk about forechecking, d-zone coverage, we can talk about power plays and penalty kills, but you got to score goals.” — Coach Quinn after 1-6 loss to then-No. 13 Northeastern University

Upcoming Games:

After this weekend’s series against the University of Maine, the Terriers will only have five more games left before the end of the semester.

  • Cornell University at Madison Square Garden for Red Hot Hockey, 8 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 25
  • Boston College at Conte Forum, 7 p.m. on Friday Dec. 1
  • Boston College at Agganis Arena, 7 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 2
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell at  Tsongas Center, 7:15 p.m. on Friday Dec. 8
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell at Agganis Arena, 7 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 9
Senior forward Nik Olsson looking for a pass against Providence. PHOTO BY MADDIE MAHOLTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Senior forward Nik Olsson looking for a pass against Providence. PHOTO BY MADDIE MALHOTRA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

From the FreeP: Quinnipiac Roundup

The No. 2 Boston University men’s hockey team beat No. 17 Quinnipiac University 3-2 during overtime in a physical and fast-paced game in Hamden, Connecticut on Sunday. Freshman forward Shane Bowers got the overtime tally while sophomore forward Patrick Harper added two more goals to this season and was subsequently named Hockey East’s Player of the Week.

We only have a recap this week, but will return this Friday and Saturday nights with a plethora of articles when the Terriers take on Minnesota State and former goaltender Connor LaCouvee will make his way back to Agganis Arena for a few days.

Also a side note: there were some technical difficulties with WordPress at Quinnipiac in terms of linking up the live blog and Nikki’s computer wasn’t cooperating. We’re sorry for any inconveniences caused and will be prepared in the future for road games, but everything is working now and please tune into the live blog this weekend!

Sunday’s Article

Quinnipiac Recap – “Men’s hockey beats Quinnipiac 3-2 with overtime goal from freshman Shane Bowers

Here’s are some Twitter posts from the weekend and Quinn’s postgame comments:

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:

 

Keller, others from BU hockey earn Hockey East awards

keller_maddiemalhotra_online-1-of-1-1600x1109On Thursday night at the Royal Sonesta hotel in Cambridge, Hockey East held its annual year-end banquet.

The event, which was hosted by emcee Dan Roche, included awards for the 2016-17 season, and several BU players earned plaudits.

Namely, Clayton Keller was named Hockey East’s Rookie of the Year, marking the ninth time a Terrier earned the distinction. Keller, also the recipient of an Army ROTC “Three Stars” Award, earned a spot on the Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team alongside goaltender Jake Oettinger and forward Patrick Harper.

Keller’s night continued to get better, as he and Oettinger were also named Second Team All-Stars. Sophomore defenseman Charlie McAvoy, meanwhile, was named a First Team All-Star.