Wednesday, December 7, 2016

BU takes 3 out of 4 points from PC

The BU Terriers continued to find ways to take points from opponents without their full lineup available. The Terriers won Friday night at Providence College without the services of Clayton Keller(injury), Jordan Greenway(team violation) and Nick Roberto after he was ejected early in the first period.  The Terriers were outshot by over a 2:1(39 to 18) margin but freshman Jake Oettinger stood on his head to lead the Terriers to a come from behind victory. The Terriers got goals from JFK and Nikolas Olsson in under two minutes to the second period. The Terriers were undisciplined when it came to penalties taking 8 penalties on the night but killed all 7 powerplays that PC was awarded.

The Terriers bounced back with a better effort on Saturday night but found themselves in a 2-0 hole to PC going into the third period. Juniors Brandon Hickey and Nikolas Olsson tied the game up for the Terriers with big goals late in the third period to secure the third point for the Terriers on the weekend. Both goals came with under 5 minutes left in regulation time.

There was also big news earlier this week as 8 Terriers were named to World Junior Team Preliminary rosters. 7 were named to the US Team along with Dante Fabbro to the Canadian roster. The 7 Americans include 4 forwards(Bellow, Keller, Harper, Greenway), 2 defensemen(McAvoy and Krys) and a goalie(Oettinger). Having this amount of players is unprecedented as was having 5 first round picks this past June in the NHL draft. David Quinn continues to display his dominance of acquiring talent over every other college and major junior program out there.

Harper is a great story to even make the preliminary roster. BU committed Harper for 2016 or 2017 originally but ended up taking him this year because he was so good last year at Avon Old Farms and for the games he played in the USHL. He is now leading BU in points and could make the world junior team. The other 7 BU guys are supposed to be playing this well and make this team while Harper just refuses to take a step back at any level whether that be high school junior or NCAA and maybe now World Juniors.

Before World Juniors and the winter break for the rest of the team, the Terriers have two crucial league games with surprisingly successful Vermont Catamounts as well as a non league game next Tuesday versus Yale. UVM is lead by freshman Ross Colton, sophomore Craig Puffer(such a UVM hockey player name) and senior Mario Puskarich. The Catamounts have gotten off to their best start in years at 9-3-2 and will provide a tough test for the Terriers...

oh wait nevermind no they won't. Somewhere Kevin Sneddon wipes away his tears with tequila soaked bread provided by his captains. Clayton Keller coming back into the lineup allows the Terriers to get back to the lineup the staff imagine at the beginning of the season for one of the first times this season. This will take pressure off the defense and goaltending that has been so good(1st in the league in goals allowed) as the offense will have more possession and generate more offensive chances to improve on the 7th ranked offense in Hockey East. UVM is certainly a good chance to do so as UVM's defense has not faced much in regards to top end offensive lineups so it will be important for BU to get them on their heels early in both games to set the tone.

Everyone not going up to Burlington to eat tequila soaked bread, drink heady topper and watch hockey this weekend should head to Walter Brown Arena to watch the BU women take on the Minnesota Gophers #GopherkYourself

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