BU Snaps Quinnipiac's 17-Game Unbeaten Streak
One Night After Tough Loss at Yale
CHN Staff Report
Boston University was coming into a sold out arena, on the road against a team that hadn't lost all season in Quinnipiac. And the Bobcats were fully rested, having not played the night before, while the Terriers, banged up on defense already, just played a tough one-goal loss down the road in New Haven against Yale.
So what happened? Boston University handed Quinnipiac its first loss of the season, that's what.
Playing in his home state, junior Robbie Baillargeon scored the game-winner and added an assist while senior Matt Lane scored twice, answering an early Quinnipiac goal before sealing the victory with an empty-netter.
Senior goaltender Sean Maguire turned in a 36-save performance to help the Terrier enter the holiday and exam break with a record of 9-6-3. The Bobcats, who got a goal from junior Sam Anas just 6:22 into the game, move to 15-1-2 on the year.
“It’s not easy coming into this building, let alone after you play last night in a hard-fought game against Yale,” BU Coach David Quinn told the Daily Free Press. “But, boy, it certainly says an awful lot about our team. About our character, our resiliency, our work ethic. And those qualities can take you a long way through the course of a hockey season.”
It was a sorely-needed win for the Terriers, especially since they don't play again for almost four weeks, when they play at Harvard on Jan. 7. BU came in 3-3-3 in its previous nine games.
“It’s huge, not only beating them and giving them their first loss but just ending the first semester on this note,” Lane told the Daily Free Press. “I guess just the fact that they were undefeated gave us a little extra motivation coming into the game, but as a team we know what we’re capable of and this game was huge for us going into the break.”
BU’s penalty kill was a perfect 5-for-5 on the night, including two penalties in the third period. Quinnipiac’s first opportunity with the man advantage came after it already had an early goal, but the Terriers did an impressive job preventing the home team from extending its lead.
Lane got the equalizer at 14:42 of the first off a perfect feed by freshman Jordan Greenway from behind the net. Greenway, who possessed the puck while curling around around the left corner before finding Lane at the foot of the left circle, extended his point streak to five games.
The Terriers got the go-ahead goal off a rush early on in the middle period. Freshman Charlie McAvoy got the puck out of the Quinnipiac zone before pushing the puck up to Baillargeon, who backhanded a puck past Quinnipiac netminder Michael Garteig as he skated through the left circle.
A big insurance goal came from the stick of Bobo Carpenter, as the freshman turned and fired a wrister from the top of the right circle that sailed over Garteig’s right shoulder at 7:29 of the third. Baillargeon assisted on the play.
It wasn't all good news. Senior forward Ahti Oksanen was hurt after crashing into the end boards in the third period. Oksanen left the ice holding his right arm. There is no word yet on the extent of the injury.
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Friday night, Yale got its own huge win aginst the same Terriers, winning 3-2 behind John Hayden's two goals. Alex Lyon, who had been hurt the weekend before, returned to the net and made 27 saves.
“Our guys needed a win. We certainly earned it, we’ve been working hard all week,” Yale coach Keith Allain said. “Margins are so small, and our fourth line helped push us over tonight.”
The teams had last met in the NCAA tournament last March, an overtime win by BU.
“There was definitely a bitter taste in our mouths from the spring,” Hayden said. “That attributed to some of our energy tonight.”
Yale scored on a 5-minute power play, then extended the lead to 3-1 in the third period on a nice setup from freshman defenseman Joe Snively to Hayden.
“It’s a skill Joe has,” Hayden said, referring to Snively’s passing ability. “Whenever he has the puck, I want to do my job and get behind the defenseman. Fortunately, he put it in the right spot. It was no surprise.”
Hayden, part of many of the big plays all game, was called for a penalty with 4:30 left and his team up by two goals. Lyon came up big on the penalty kill, but BU pulled its goalie and that resulted in a goal with 2:42 remaining.
BU, however, couldn't get another one.