Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BU Splits Weekend: loses at Merrimack, beats Denver

The BU Terriers split their two games on the weekend to move to 3-3-0 on the season. The Terriers lost Friday night at Merrimack 4-3. I thought they played better than the score indicated. Sean Maguire had a tough night in net for the Terriers and was pulled in favor of Connor LaCouvee in the second period. It was the first time where Maguire had showed any sign that he took a year off from playing due to injuries last season. He certainly will bounce back from this performance as he was pretty good in each of his first two starts against Wisconsin and Union.

BU bounced back to beat Denver 5-4 in OT on Saturday night. They got a strong goaltending effort from LaCouvee to hold a high powered Denver team down for a majority of the game and stay in it long enough for Ahti Oksanen to score his second goal of the night and the game winner. BU also got goals from Ryan Cloonan, Robbie Baillargeon and Brandon Hickey with Hickey's being top 10 goals of the year worthy. Denver came back from a 4-2 deficit in the third to tie the game just to send it to overtime which is concerning to watch BU blow a 2 goal lead but you also have to consider that is one of the top offensive teams in the country and BU was still missing Matt Grzelcyk who should be returning to action in the next few weekends. The win was huge for pairwise implications down the road as Denver is a quality out of conference opponent who pushed BC to the edge on Friday night as well.

It was good to see Ahti get a few goals on the board as he had hit about 5,669 posts in the first 5 games of the season and was definitely due for a couple. Hopefully this just opens the floodgates for him and with Northeastern on tap this weekend, that very well may be the case. It was also good to see that third line of Greer, Baillargeon and Carpenter start to produce and get on the scoresheet. The defense also had an improved weekend and seem to be heading towards the form that they finished last season at. All things are positive pointing towards next weekend where two wins would be huge not only in the league but also for the team's confidence moving forward. I really liked the first line of Ahti-JFK-O'Regan and that seems to be a line that should stick around a while.

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