Saturday, January 21, 2017

BU Sweeps Maine, Streak Goes To Eight

ORONO - In a game with much better pace and feel than last night, BU once again found the win column against Maine, in front of 5,125 at Alfond. Clayton Keller, Patrick Harper and Brandon Hickey all scored and Jake Oettinger made 26 saves in BU’s eighth straight win.

Brandon Hickey celebrates after making it 3-1 late in the
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
“It was a great weekend,” said Coach Quinn. “Anytime you can sweep in this league it’s a great accomplishment. I thought we started off the game well. I really liked our first period and I thought their guy [Rob McGovern] made some big saves. As the game went on we got a little sloppier.”

Both teams had bids go off the post, before Clayton Keller opening the scoring with 4:37 left in the first. While trying to breakout on the power play, Maine committed a horrendous turnover that left Keller all alone with the puck at the top of the slot. From in tight, the Coyotes’ first-round pick roofed a backhander past McGovern for his second goal of the weekend and third shortie of the year.

“It was a great play by Keller. He’s got great hand-eye and he’s done that a few times this year," said Quinn.

Maine certainly had their chances to tie it. In total, the Black Bears hit the post four times and twice in the second. The Maine PK was again stingy, allowing only one goal on seven BU power play attempts. BU even had a 5 on 3 late in the second and couldn’t cash in.

“We got really methodical and slow,” mentioned Quinn about the 5 on 3. “That’s a chance to really put the game away and we didn’t do it.”

Harper goal.
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
Prior to the two man advantage, Patrick Harper slammed home his eighth of the year on the power play. JFK made a strong cross-box pass to Harper on the near side and from the middle of the dot, Harper wired home a onetimer.

Harper would later leave the game and not return. The injury occurred during the 5 on 3 and it looked as if he got tangled up behind the net in a weird way.

Maine finally got on the board on a power play of their own as Blaine Byron found paydirt on a deflected shot of Dante Fabbro. The shot hit Fabbro in the foot, popped up in the air and fluttered in behind Oettinger. It was Byron’s second of the weekend.

Not long after, Brandon Hickey answered. Keller made a strong backdoor feed to the defenseman who joined the rush, and from the edge of the crease, Hickey deposited his fourth of the year.

Maine had a few good looks with McGovern pulled, hitting another post, but was not able to beat Oettinger again.

BU did not allow an even strength goal all weekend. In fact, you have to go back to Frozen Fenway and UMass’s third period strike to find the last even strength goal against.

The Terriers have a quick turnaround, as they head to Merrimack on Tuesday night.

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