Saturday, November 5, 2016

Second Period Explosion Pushes BU Past NU

It took BU a little while to get going, but after killing off four penalties, including a 48 second five on three in the first period, the Terriers erupted for three second period goals on their way to dropping Northeastern 3-0 in front of 5,562 at Agganis Arena.

Jake Oettinger was spectacular in the opening frame, stopping 13 shots. In total, he made 24 saves.

Patrick Harper celebrates after scoring his first of two goals
in the second period.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
He, along with strong penalty killing, allowed BU to get their feet under them before taking off in the second period.

Coach Quinn added, “I thought our penalty kill was very good again, obviously a big part of that is your goalie.”

The Terriers took four penalties in the opening period, but managed to only end up in the box one more time the rest of the night.

Jake Oettinger makes one of
13 saves in the first period.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Patrick Harper got BU on the board halfway through the second period when he finished off a two on one rush with Clayton Keller. Keller set the enter play up with a patient move to draw a defenseman towards him before dropping off a pass to Harper on the far side. Harper was staring at a wide-open net and didn’t miss.

32 seconds later, Kieffer Bellows made it 2-0 on a rebound goal. Bellows noted after the game, “I tried to screen the goalie and saw Charlie [McAvoy] walking across the ice, maybe he was gonna shoot, maybe not. He got it over to JFK and as soon as he shot the puck, it was just lying there and I happened to tap it in.”

Later in the frame, Harper found the back of the net for a rebound goal of his own to make it 3-0 Terriers.

Overall, Coach Quinn was pretty impressed with his team’s effort tonight; “Getting three points on the week in our league is certainly an accomplishment. I thought we overcame a lot of adversity in the first period with the penalties. It has been a continuing theme all year long. To take four in the first period, overcome it and settle it down and not take another one until the third is certainly a positive note.”

In the third, Oettinger had a skate malfunction and actually had to come out of the game for a short period of time. Connor LaCouvee made three saves in 4:12 of relief appearance.

BU heads to Michigan next weekend for a two game set with the Wolverines at Yost in Ann Arbor.

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