Saturday, October 22, 2016

Penalty Kill Powers BU Past Quinnipiac

Jake Oettinger needed just 46
saves to shutout both Sacred
Heart and Quinnipiac
this weekend.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Jake Oettinger posted his second shutout in as many nights, turning aside 22 shots as Jordan Greenway, Bobo Carpenter and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson provided the offense in BU’s 3-0 win over Quinnipiac in front of 5,555 at Aggains Arena, tonight.

Penalties were once again the main focus. The teams combined to have 19 power plays, yet neither team found the back of the net on the man advantage.

Despite all the power play time for the Bobcats and numerous extended five on three three opportunities, BU’s defense held QU to very few grade A chances.

Logan Smith offered the one point blank bid that Oettinger did have to stand tall on. A centering pass from the corner found Smith all alone in the low slot for a bang-bang play. Smith got good wood on the shot, but Oettinger fought it off with his glove to preserve the shutout. It was the first back-to-back shutouts for BU since March of 2013, when Sean Maguire blanked Merrimack and Northeastern in a row.

Jordan Greenway got BU on the board 6:11 into the first period. JFK made a strong move to cut to the middle, before dishing a pass to Greenway in the slot. From there, Greenway got off a quick backhand shot that beat QU goalie Andre Shortridge blockers side. It was his third goal of the season.

Bobo Carpenter doubled the lead in the second on a two on one rush with Patrick Harper. Harper made a very patient play, drawing the lone defender towards him, before slipping a pass over to Carpenter on the near side. Carpenter was all alone and had nothing but net to shoot at.

JFK added a shorthanded empty net goal to seal the deal with less than a minute left.

It was a particularly scrappy game from both teams, but that is expected with two highly competitive programs.

BU’s penalty kill was outstanding. They limited QU to the parameter and when the Bobcats were able to get shots off BU blocked a good chunk of them. Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold described it as “eating pucks.” BU blocked a season-high 26 shots. Doyle Somerby lead the team with four.

Coach Quinn said “our effort never stopped and there were a lot of obstacles tonight. We faced three five on threes and a lot of those obstacles we planted ourselves, but we really gutted this win out.”

BU will have next weekend off before facing Northeastern in a home and home the following weekend.

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