Men’s Hockey: BU Splits Another Weekend

By: Jake Reiser

For the third consecutive weekend, the No. 5 Boston University Terriers split their series, the opponent this time being the University of Connecticut Huskies. It started out with a 2-1 victory at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. on Friday night. Junior Connor LaCouvee made his season debut, stopping 28 Husky shots along the way. Then, freshman Jake Oettinger’s home shutout streak came to end and at 204:41, with UConn routing BU, 4-0.

Friday night’s matchup got off to a fluky start, as Jordan Greenway’s shot hopped off Connecticut goaltender Rob Nichols’ pad, in the air past his glove and into the net. Next, on a delated call to UConn, freshman Gabe Chabot scored his first collegiate goal on a writster from the right hash-mark. UConn’s tally came in the middle of the third period, when Benjamin Freeman’s drop pass hit Spencer Naas’ stick, leaving a wide-open net for him to score.

Then on Saturday, no goals were scored until just over halfway through the game, when on an uncovered chance, Karl El-Mir went glove side on Oettinger to make it 1-0 Huskies, a goal Coach David Quinn was not happy counted.

“I still do not understand how that wasn’t a penalty. Charlie McAvoy got chop blocked and they got a partial breakaway,” Quinn said.

Then, with only 4 seconds left on a power play, Kasperi Ojantakanen took another Freeman drop pass and one-timed it on his off-side past Oettinger. Down 2 after 2 periods, BU looked to score early in the third period, but it was David Drake, who banked a shot off Oettingers pads, who trickled one over the goal line, making it 3-0. Then, on a strange bounce behind the goal line, Corey Ronan slammed a puck home, icing a 4-0 Huskies victory.

“It’s demoralizing because I thought we had some great chances to make it 2-1 right before [the third goal]. For them to come down and score so easily, it can really deflate a team and no matter how mentally tough you are and how much you want to encourage your team, it’s tough to overcome that.”

The Terriers play the Harvard Crimson in a Tuesday evening matchup, 7p.m. at Agganis Arena, before the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Quinn said, “The message is our schedule is doing us a favor because we don’t have to live with this very long.”

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