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

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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


  • 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: 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.

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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:

Live Blog: BU vs. UConn

The No. 7 Boston University men’s hockey team will begin it’s Hockey East games with a home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut starting tonight at Agganis Arena. Read this week’s preview to see who and what to look out for this weekend. Follow our live blog below:


Live Blog No. 7 BU vs. UConn (10/20/2017)

From the FreeP: Minnesota State Series Roundup

The No. 2 Boston University men’s hockey team was swept by the Minnesota State University this weekend at Agganis Arena. The Terriers’ former goaltender Connor LaCouvee, who played with BU for three seasons, returned to Boston, but in the opposing team’s net.

While LaCouvee only allowed three goals in the Mavericks’ 6-3 victory, BU’s defense gave up 45 shots, and sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger’s 39 saves and freshman forward Shane Bowers’ two-goal night could not mitigate the damages of the team’s poor play.

Freshman forward Shane Bowers collects two goals this weekend for a total of four goals this season. PHOTO BY CHLOE GRINBERG/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF
Freshman forward Shane Bowers collects two goals on Friday night for a total of four goals this season. PHOTO BY CHLOE GRINBERG/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

On Saturday, the team responded better, but was unable to match Minnesota State’s physicality particularly around the puck battles and also could not convert on its four power play opportunities. The Mavericks sealed the two-game series with a 3-0 shutout.

BU’s next matchup will be its Hockey East opener against University of Connecticut in a home-and-home series beginning with a game at Agganis on Friday night at 7:30.

Also we’re sorry about all of the technical difficulties that occurred over the weekend in terms of posting the articles. The Daily Free Press’ WordPress went down right when we were going to post the articles. We’re unsure of what caused the website to crash, but apologize for any inconveniences and want to limit any issues like this in the future.

Read our articles from the weekend below:

Friday’s Articles

Recap – “Men’s hockey falls to Minnesota State, 6-3, in series opener

Sider on the Terriers’ defense – “BU’s defense gives up 45 shots, former goaltender Connor LaCouvee limits Terrier offense to three goals

Sunday’s Articles

Recap – “Men’s hockey shutout 3-0 by Minnesota State, swept in series

Sider on the Terriers’ being unable to overcome the challenges posed by the Mavericks – “Men’s hockey falls to strong goaltending, aggressive play in 3-0 loss to Minnesota State

Here are some of the highlights from Friday night:

Pluses and Minuses: Terriers open Hockey East play with ‘hard-fought’ win over UConn

For its Hockey East season opener, the No. 8 Boston University men’s hockey team earned a “hard-fought” win, according to BU head coach David Quinn, to begin conference play with a 1-0 record.

The Terriers (2-1, 1-0 Hockey East) didn’t necessarily start the game at UConn’s pace (2-2, 0-1 Hockey East), but as time wore on, they adjusted their game to dominate the third period and emerge on top.


Here’s what we thought looked good and bad in the victory.


Ryan Cloonan

Tied for the team lead in points with four is freshman winger Ryan Cloonan. In his first game of the season at Union College, Cloonan was in the lineup as the fourth line right wing. He scored the second BU goal of the game, assisted by senior center Mike Moran and junior defenseman Doyle Somerby, and gave the Terriers a temporary 2-1 lead.

The next week for BU’s game vs. the University of Wisconsin, he was slotted in as the second line left wing to freshman center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and tallied a pair of assists.

Against UConn, he notched another marker to extend his point streak.

Quinn said Cloonan’s experience is a valuable asset he brings to the team that the other freshmen might not have. While BU’s rookie class is largely comprised of guys 17 or 18 years old, Cloonan is 20.

And he’s improving with each week as well.

“He’s gotten better in the three weeks he’s been here,” Quinn said. “He’s a lot more conscientious away from the puck, there’s more purpose to his game without the puck, but you see his puck skills, he can really skate. He’s got deception to his game, he can shoot it, so there’s a lot to like in his game.”

As the third period began, Cloonan switched places with freshman forward Jordan Greenway and took the left wing’s place on the first line. Quinn said he thought Cloonan’s quickness would give senior assistant captain Danny O’Regan and senior forward Ahti Oksanen more speed to work with on the top line.

O’Regan said lines were a little bit all over the place as the game went on, but that Cloonan is a “great player and a really offensive guy.”

“He’s a really creative player,” O’Regan said. “So I was definitely open to it. And I think at that stage of the game we just needed a little spark, and switching up the lines was definitely something that could do that for us.”

Third period

The Terriers managed to simplify their game and really settle into a groove during the third period, netting three goals in the frame. For more on that, read Sarah’s sider.

Special teams

During its first two games, BU’s power play looked good. The Terriers were moving the puck well and creating chances for themselves, but they had only converted once out of nine opportunities they had with the man advantage.

On Saturday, though, the scarlet and white were able to capitalize on two of their five power plays as they maintained heavy offensive zone pressure. In their first attempt, though the Terriers didn’t score, they spent so much time in UConn’s zone that the second unit never got a chance to hit the ice. On a delayed penalty, even, BU was able to keep possession of the puck for 47 seconds before the Huskies touched for the whistle.

“We spent an awful lot of time in the offensive zone on the power play,” Quinn said. “We had chances and chances.

“That power play’s going to keep getting better.”

Of the 33 shots BU took on Saturday, 10 came on the man advantage, and seven of their 15 third period shots were of the power play variety.

The two successful conversions resulted in Forsbacka Karlsson’s first collegiate marker and sophomore defenseman Brandon Fortunato’s second of the year.

On the other side of special teams, the penalty kill was perfect as BU went to the box four times during the contest. The Terriers have allowed just one goal while shorthanded so far this season. It was the first penalty they took of the year against Union on Oct. 10. Since then, they have not conceded a power-play goal the last 12 times they’ve had someone in the box.


Puck management

Though BU managed a win, Quinn said he thought the team’s puck management was “incredibly sloppy” and that his squad held onto the puck way too long. He said that, along with the way the defense played, contributed to the Terriers’ problems on the night.

“I thought that’s as bad as we played as a D corps unit from a puck management standpoint,” he said. “We held onto it way too long, we weren’t making stick-to-stick passes, we just were very sloppy.”

How “cute”

For two periods, Quinn said he thought the team played “incredibly cute.” That, he said, wasn’t going to get them anywhere in this game.

O’Regan said his coach was referring to the way his team entered the offensive zone. Many guys were trying to make plays through the middle in a way that played “right into [UConn’s] system, where they sag back, and it’s kind of what they want us to do.”

In the third period, though, the Terriers were able to use their speed and take guys wide, O’Regan said, possessing the puck down low to try and create offense.

Second period penalties

Though the Terriers were perfect on the penalty kill Saturday, Quinn said his team’s trips to the box in the second period were “unnecessary” and “stupid.”

BU took one penalty in the first period as sophomore defenseman John MacLeod went off for tripping, and then the Terriers were sent to the box three times in the second. Two of those three penalties were committed by sophomore defenseman Brandon Hickey, who went off for cross-checking 59 seconds into the frame and then got called for interference at 9:16.

Cloonan also sat for two minutes at 13:56 for hooking.

Pluses and Minuses: No. 2/3 Terriers thwart UConn comeback at XL Center

Sophomore Nick Roberto scored his first goal of the season in BU's 5-2 win over UConn on Saturday.  PHOTO BY MAYA DEVEREAUX/DAILY FREE PRESS SPORTS
Sophomore Nick Roberto scored his first goal of the season in BU’s 5-2 win over UConn on Saturday.

HARTFORD, Connecticut — A quick turnover from Friday night’s game against the University of Maine was not enough to hinder the No. 2/3 Boston University men’s hockey team on Saturday afternoon versus the University of Connecticut.

The Terriers (8-1-1, 6-1-1 Hockey East) jumped out to a 1-0 lead within the first 10 minutes of the first and extended the advantage to a three-goal margin by the beginning of the third period. UConn (3-6-4, 2-3-1 Hockey East) got back in the game with two tallies in the middle of the final frame, but BU hung on for a 5-2 win at the XL Center.

As with every game, certain things went right and wrong for the Terriers. Here’s a closer look at the positives and negatives:


Extra-man Unit Thrives 

The BU power play started Friday night 0-for-3 before freshman forward Jack Eichel won the game in overtime with a goal on BU’s fourth chance. Building off some of that momentum, the Terriers scored their first two goals against UConn with an extra attacker.

Junior forward Ahti Oksanen one-timed BU’s initial goal at the 7:28 mark in the opening period, and senior assistant captain Cason Hohmann redirected a point shot from freshman defenseman Brandon Hickey past goaltender Rob Nichols. For more on BU’s power-play success, check out Conor’s sidebar.

A Trio of Firsts 

Yes, BU’s top line totaled three of the team’s goals, but the win did not come without a different cast of characters contributing. About 2:30 into the final period, freshman forward Chase Phelps jumped on the ice as fellow freshman forward A.J. Greer skated back to the bench.

Phelps took a pass from junior center Matt Lane, skated through the slot and patiently waited for a chance. As he got close to the goal, he fired off a wrister. Sophomore forward Nick Roberto was in the right place at the right time and deflected the puck into the net for the Terriers’ third goal.

The tally gave Phelps his first career point at the collegiate level and Roberto his first goal of the season.

“When you go to the net like that you get rewarded,” said BU coach David Quinn. “I felt we had a lot more grit and grind to our game as the game went on.”

Although his name did not appear on the scoresheet, redshirt junior forward J.D. Carrabino made his first appearance in the scarlet and white since transferring to Commonwealth Avenue last year. He did not have a ton of ice time, but Quinn said the 6-foot-6 forward made his presence felt.

“He’s a big, strong, physical guy,” Quinn said. “I just felt this was a good game to get him in, smaller rink. They’re a normally stronger team and I thought he would be effective and he was.”

An Effective Timeout and An Equally Effective Regroup 

When freshman Corey Ronan put the Huskies within one goal at the 8:46 mark in the third period, a crowd of 7,712 that was silent for most of the contest erupted as UConn scored its second goal in 57 seconds. Quinn then used his one timeout in attempt calm his team down after a poor minute of play.

Whether the timeout that was the reason or not, the Terriers answered back.

Junior goaltender Matt O’Connor made a few key stops on chances low in the slot to keep the Terriers in the lead after the stoppage. The netminder and his defense hung on long enough for the Terriers to get the fourth goal, which all but clinched the game.

Oksanen banked a pass of the glass near the penalty box and set up Eichel near the blue line. As the freshman has done time and time again, he took the puck, skated into the offensive zone with speed and created his own chance. Nichols robbed him with a sprawling pad save, but junior winger Danny O’Regan was there to pick up the loose change at the 17:16 mark, scoring his seventh goal of the year.

“The timeout, team scores two goals in that short period of time, it seemed like the right thing to do and I don’t know if it was but it felt like I needed to do it,” Quinn said. “Crowd was getting into it, they were feeding off their energy, they had a couple of good shifts after that but I thought we defended a lot better. They got some zone time and I thought we did a good job not giving up any chances and we get in the fourth goal.”


Fifty-Seven Seconds of Poor Play

Roberto’s goal at the beginning of the third gave the Terriers a comfortable three-goal lead and put BU seemingly in command. UConn, however, fought back in a hurry. In a short span, forward Cody Sharib knocked in a rebound and Ronan wristed a shot from the left circle, beating O’Connor glove side.

The breakdown gave the Huskies life and a chance to tie up the score. UConn couldn’t get that third goal, but the chances were there. Quinn’s aforementioned timeout was a key in making sure the tide was steadied.

More Time on Special Teams 

A special teams unit that worked off four power-plays a night ago had to kill just as many against the Huskies. Right off the bat in the first period, freshman defenseman John MacLeod took a boarding penalty, one of his three on the afternoon. His three penalties now give him eight for the year, which is tied for the team lead with freshman forward Nikolas Olsson. By the end of the contest, Hickey skated along with junior captain Matt Grzelcyk on the top defensive pairing during most shifts.

The penalty kill did work off all eight power plays this weekend, but going forward, staying out of the box is something the Terriers need to improve upon.