The Boston University Terriers were looking to bounce back from being swept in Denver last week when they took the Agganis Arena ice for the first time in the regular season. Coach David Quinn wanted to see balance from his team, and he did in a 7-0 victory over the Sacred Heart Pioneers. Freshman goalie Jake Oettinger earned his first career shutout, while Dante Fabbro and Chad Krys scored their first collegiate goals.
The Terriers offense didn’t explode until the third period despite jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead. Jordan Greenway was the first of seven different scorers to find the back of the net, followed quickly by a tally from Clayton Keller just 20 seconds later.
After those two goals, of which Greenway’s was on the power play, the game remained 2-0 until the third period. A little less than six minutes in, Kieffer Bellows lit the lamp with a power play goal, his second score of the season.
Krys followed with his goal before Fabbro tied his fellow freshman defender. Nick Roberto scored his first goal of the season before Bobo Carpenter wrapped up the scoring with a shorthanded goal with just 1:33 left in the contest.
Oettinger earned a shutout, but it was challenged early on when Sacred Heart winger Evan Jasper was awarded a penalty shot after John MacLeod prevented a break in chance. Oettinger stopped Jasper, and the Pioneers wouldn’t score for the remainder of the contest. It was the second penalty shot Oettinger stopped this season, and one of the 23 saves he made in the contest.
The penalty shot, along with several penalties overall, including a bench minor against coach David Quinn empathized the need for the Terriers to cut back on penalties. BU committed seven penalties in each contest against Denver, and it was more of the same with nine power play opportunities last night for Sacred Heart.
Each freshman has now tallied this season except centers Johnny McDermott and Patrick Curry. Patrick Harper hasn’t found the back of the net since he scored twice at Colgate, but he has contributed on many chances, and the top six forward unit has been impressive for the Terriers, especially with it being so young.
BU will return to the ice tonight to face the Quinnipiac Bobcats, a team that defeated UConn 5-2 earlier this week and lost to Maine last weekend.