Sunday, November 23, 2014

Terriers improve to 8-1-1 with wins over Maine and UConn

BU came back from a 2-0 deficit entering the third period to win 3-2 in OT to complete a home and home sweep of the Maine Black Bears. Goals from Ahti Oksanen and Matt Lane tied the game in the third before freshman sensation Jack Eichel won it on a wrister in OT. The first ten minutes were rough for the Terriers as Maine had them pinned down in their own zone and scored on a sweet Ben Hutton shot that beat O'Connor high glove side. Connor Leen later added a second goal for the Black Bears before BU flipped the scripts in the third. The Terriers outshout Maine 11-6 in the third. The win for the Terriers was their fifth conference win which matched their total from all of last season. 

This was a game BU should be happy to win after the early deficit and poor officiating both teams had to fight through. The elbowing call on Roberto was questionable at best and the interference call on Somerby was just flat out terrible. You can't commit interference when the guy you are hitting has the puck. I also thought the major call on Leen was borderline at best to be a major. If you combine this with the inability to get the right guys on the ice after a Maine icing in the second, this was easily the worst managed game of the year by the officials.

The Terriers had a quick turnaround as they played again 3:30 Saturday afternoon in Hartford against UConn. The Terriers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of powerplay goals by Ahti Oksanen and Cason Hohmann. They padded the lead on Nick Roberto's first goal of the year on Chase Phelps' first collegiate point as he had an assist on the play. UConn would fight back as they scored twice to make it 3-2 before Danny O'Regan sealed it with his 7th goal of the year. Ahti Oksanen would add his second of the game with an empty netter and the Terriers improved to 8-1-1 on the year. 

AJ Greer had a solid weekend for the Terriers on the third line with Matt Lane and Nick Roberto. Greer, who is still 17, is getting better each game and seems like he will be a force as a power forward by the end of the season. I thought Brien Diffley continues to exceed expectations paired with Doyle Somerby on defense. These two have definitely been key factors to the Terriers success so far this season. The team returns to action Tuesday night vs a 5-1-2 Harvard team who has given BU fits over the past 5 seasons. It would feel great to embarrass them thoroughly.

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