River Hawks deny Ter­ri­ers

Bar­ton’s late goal halts BU come­back

Boston Herald - - SPORTS - BY GREG DUDEK Twit­ter: @gdudek10

No mat­ter how good the scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties were for Bos­ton Univer­sity in the first pe­riod, it seemed like the Ter­ri­ers’ of­fen­sive strug­gles would ham­per them once again.

While the Ter­ri­ers of­fense fi­nally clicked from there on, eras­ing an early two-goal deficit and snap­ping a 142minute score­less streak, the frus­tra­tion con­tin­ued with BU’s win­less skid stretch­ing to four games last night in the front end of a home-and­home se­ries with Hockey East foe UMass-Low­ell.

The River Hawks re­ceived tal­lies from five dif­fer­ent play­ers to fend off the Ter­ri­ers, as Seth Bar­ton’s goal broke a tie mid­way through the third pe­riod to lift UMass-Low­ell to a 5-3 win at Ag­ga­nis Arena.

“We weren’t ex­e­cut­ing the way we thought we could, but we were op­por­tunis­tic,” UML coach Norm Bazin said. “We got off to a good start and we weren’t chas­ing the game. For most of the game we led, and then when it got tied there in the third pe­riod, I thought the guys did a nice job of keep­ing their com­po­sure.”

Af­ter BU (4-8-2, 4-5-2) came up empty on a bevy of of­fen­sive chances in the open­ing pe­riod, the Ter­ri­ers found their of­fen­sive groove in the sec­ond pe­riod with Ty Amonte fin­ish­ing off a feed from Joel Farabee (two as­sists) to jump­start the of­fense and cut into the deficit, 2-1.

An­thony Bax­ter pushed the lead back to two for UML (8-6-1, 4-3-1) just three min­utes later on a wris­ter that beat BU goalie Jake Oet­tinger (23 saves) glove side, but the Ter­ri­ers re­sponded with Cam Crotty net­ting his first goal of the sea­son to go into the fi­nal pe­riod trail­ing, 3-2.

BU then cap­i­tal­ized on a power play with Bobo Car­pen­ter jump­ing on a loose puck in a scrum and ty­ing the score, 3-3, with 15:26 left.

But while BU’s of­fense fi­nally showed life, the Ter­ri­ers had one too many lapses de­fen­sively. Bar­ton scored off a long-range re­bound for the de­ci­sive goal with 12:15 re­main­ing and Char­lie Levesque sealed the win with an empty-net­ter with 23.9 sec­onds left.

“We gen­er­ated enough of­fense to win tonight,” firstyear BU coach Al­bie O’Connell said. “De­fen­sively, there were some lapses, but it’s hockey, there’s go­ing to be lapses at times. You can’t play per­fect. … The nice thing is we ac­tu­ally scored tonight. That was pos­i­tive.”

UML struck first just over six min­utes in when Chris Schutz un­leashed a per­fectly placed shot top shelf. The River Hawks added to their lead late in the first pe­riod when Avni Ber­isha’s shot from the point got de­flected and Con­nor Soder­gren buried the loose puck for the 2-0 ad­van­tage.

While the Ter­ri­ers’ of­fense was ul­ti­mately re­warded, they couldn’t rally again late in the third pe­riod.

“When­ever you get points in Hockey East, you should be pleased,” Bazin said. Bos­ton Col­lege 3, UConn 2 — Oliver Wahlstrom scored the even­tual win­ning goal 3:40 into the third pe­riod and the Ea­gles (6-6-2, 6-1-2 HE) held off the Huskies (5-11-1, 2-9-1) at Kel­ley Rink. Prov­i­dence 6, Mer­ri­mack 0 — Hay­den Hawkey made 20 saves and six dif­fer­ent play­ers lit the lamp as the Fri­ars (9-4-3, 6-2-1 HE) routed the War­riors (4-11-1, 2-7-0) in North An­dover. Quin­nip­iac 4, UMass 0 — The Min­ute­men (12-2-0) fell in their first-ever game as a No. 1-ranked team, as they couldn’t solve An­drew Shor­tridge,

who made 32 saves to lift the Bob­cats (14-2-0) in Ham­den, Conn. Robert Morris 2, Holy Cross

0 — The Cru­saders (1-11-2, 1-7-1 At­lantic) ran into a stone wall in Fran­cis Marotte, whose 36 saves back­boned the Colo­nials (7-7-1, 6-4-1) in Neville Town­ship, Pa.


Bos­ton Col­lege 4, Merri

mack 3 — Me­gan Keller scored her sec­ond goal at 1:58 of over­time and the Ea­gles (13-6-0, 10-4-0 HE) edged the War­riors (10-6-2, 6-6-1) at Kel­ley Rink. Prov­i­dence 5, Holy Cross 1 — Mau­reen Mur­phy had two goals and an as­sist and the host Fri­ars (15-3-0, 9-2-0 HE) had lit­tle trou­ble with the Cru­saders (1-16-2, 1-12-0). Bos­ton Univer­sity 3, RIT 1 — Jesse Com­pher had a goal and as­sist and the Ter­ri­ers (7-4-4) edged the Tigers (5-9-4) in Rochester, N.Y.

Maine 2, Har­vard 1 — Keely Moy got the lone goal for the Crim­son (4-6-1), but it wasn’t enough as Tereza Vanisova and Ven­dula Pribylova scored to lead the Black Bears (11-7-1) at Bright Hockey Cen­ter.


VIC­TORY ELUDES THEM: Bos­ton Univer­sity goalie Jake Oet­tinger can’t make the save on UMass-Low­ell’s An­thony Bax­ter dur­ing last night’s Hockey East game at Ag­ga­nis Arena.

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