WEEKEND RECAP 10/24-10/26: BU splits two games
In contrast to last weekend, this weekend the BU Club Ice Hockey team stayed much closer to home.
In the first game of the weekend, BU took on Merrimack College at home. Despite not playing their best hockey, the team pulled out a 4-2 win. The difference in this game was the line of Lucas Esposito, Matt Fineberg, and Taylor Parkinson. Parkinson and Esposito had a goal and an assist each, while Fineberg had a goal and two assists. Although BU outshot Merrimack 42-34, the game came down to the wire until Mike Gates potted an empty netter with a minute left in the game.
On the defensive end, Joe Kelly was very good down the stretch and made some key saves en route to stopping 32 of 34 shots. Additionally, the Terriers were able to kill off a total of 11 short handed penalty minutes in the third; doing so without one of their top defenders, Ben Messick, who was ejected for a questionable boarding call.
On Sunday BU made the trip down Comm. Ave to play Northeastern at historic Matthews Arena. Both teams were playing their second game of the weekend and looked fairly sluggish from the start. Junior Zach Fornaciari saw his first game action since suffering a shoulder injury at the tail end of last season.
Despite several great opportunities, the Terriers were unable to produce offensively and lost by a final score of 3-0. Joe Kelly was once again solid net and made some great saves.
Northeastern is one of the better teams in the Northeast and probably the top team in NECHA so it is a missed opportunity for the Terriers. However, the score was still only 3-0 and the team certainly didn’t play their best game.
The Terriers overall record is now 2-4 and they are 2-1 in NECHA League play. The team is back at it next weekend with two more games, including one at home on Saturday vs. Vermont.
WEEKEND RECAP 10/17-10/18: BU @ Florida Gulf Coast University
This weekend the BU Club Ice Hockey Team traveled to Ft. Myers, Florida to face off against Florida Gulf Coast University. FGCU has a very strong program and has been in the national championship game 2 out of the last 3 years, including a win in 2o12.
Game 1: BU: 7 FGCU: 12
In front of a crowd of nearly 500 fans, BU came out with a ton of energy and played some of their best hockey of the season thus far. Nick Lupo got the Terriers on the board first and Scott Woods also scored a goal in the first frame. FGCU showed why they are a national level team and scored a total of 4 goals in the opening period, with two of those coming on the power play.
The rest of the game saw many momentum swings and traded goals with both teams having spurts of good and bad play. Woods and Lupo would add another goal each while Taylor Parkinson would also net a pair. Defensemen Nick Renzi also contributed to the score-sheet; burying a shot top-shelf from the slot.
Despite the offensive efforts, BU was unable to contain the high powered FGCU offense. The goal against total is misleading on the goaltending side as both Joe Kelly and Paul Sliwinski gave good efforts in net.
Good teams cash in on every opportunity and mistake that is made and this is a lesson the Terriers learned in this game.
Game 2: BU: 1 FGCU: 10
In game two, fatigue started to set in for both teams. The pace was much slower than the first game and shifts were much shorter. Despite having some good shifts, BU was much less effective in this game than in the first one. Dillon Schuyler scored the Terrier’s lone goal with an assist from Erich Schwabe. Although it wasn’t a close game on the scoreboard, the Terriers played hard and will be able to grow from their experience of playing a top level team.
All in all, the weekend was a success although the results on the ice weren’t what the team had hoped for. There was lots of great bonding off the ice and now the team knows what it takes to get to a national level.
Next weekend the team will be on the road against Merrimack and Northeastern.
FINAL: 10/4/14 Boston University: 5 Bryant: 3
The BU Club Ice Hockey team defeated Bryant University by a score of 5-3 for their first NECHA league win. This marks the team’s first league win since joining the Patriot division of NECHA during the 2012-2013 season.
The team has shown a lot of improvement early on in the season and came out much stronger this game than in previous efforts. BU managed to score 2 goals and pepper Bryant’s goalie with nearly 30 shots in the opening frame. This strong period of play was energized by the line of Ryan O’Lear, Tyler Trubish and Erich Schwabe, who were constantly throwing bodies at opposing players. Trubish would ultimately score the game winner late in the third period. A short while later, captain Matt Fineberg would add the insurance goal.
Leading the way offensively were Taylor Parkinson who had 2 goals and Riley Marotta and Lucas Esposito who each had two assists. Joe Kelly was strong in net and made some big saves down the stretch en route to making a total of 21 saves.
The team now has an official record of 1-1 and will face off on the road against Providence on Friday 10/10
FINAL: 9/27/14 Boston University: 2 UMASS: 6
The BU Club Ice Hockey Team was defeated by UMass Amherst in the team’s first regular season game by a score of 6-2.
While the team showed some spurts of good play, they were ultimately unable to put a full 60 minutes together. This has been a reoccurring issue in year’s past, and although it is early, the team must adjust quickly in order to find success.
Strong offensive efforts were turned in by both Lucas Esposito and Taylor Parkinson, who had 1 goal and 1 assist each. On the defensive side, Goalie Jared Hynes was left hanging out to dry on several occasions, which caused Joe Kelly to come in for relief after UMass’ 5th goal. Kelly was strong during his stint and only allowed one goal in about a period and a half of action.
Next weekend BU will take on Bryant University in their first league game of the year. This marks BU’s third season in the league (NECHA) and they are still searching for their first win; something the team hopes to change on Saturday. Puck drop will take place at Walter Brown Arena at 7pm on Saturday (10/4).
Come support BU Club Ice Hockey!
FINAL: 2/14/12 Boston University – 3 Northeastern University – 7
By Alex Moss
1st Star – Louis Mareschi (Sr.)
2nd Star – Brian Meyers (Sr.)
3rd Star – Alfonso Arevalo (Sr.)
In a game in which the score was not indicative of its closeness, the Terriers were defeated in the 4th annual Beanpot tournament Tuesday night at the hands of the Northeastern Huskies. A shaky first period with a few bad bounces proved to be the Achilles heel for BU, during which they surrendered a 3-0 deficit.
BU kept the game close, with senior Louis Mareschi cashing in on his first of two goals on the night, getting a mini breakaway off of a tic-tac-toe passing play from linemates Nick Ennis and Pawel Kalinowski. After allowing a powerplay goal late in the 2nd, the Terriers took a 4-1 hole into the 3rd period.
Although they were unable to charge their way back in the 3rd, BU showed heart and pride as they scored back to back goals within two minutes of each other to close the gap. Senior Brian Meyers found the goal column with his first of the year, while Mareschi earned 1st Star honors by scoring his 2nd of the night.
The Terriers will travel to play the University of New Hampshire this Sunday, and will then welcome St. Anslems College to town next Saturday for their season finale.
Beanpot Final Tonight vs. Northeastern University
By Alex Moss
Game will be played at Harvard University. The Terriers will be searching for their first Beanpot title since the 07-08 season, the year it was created at the club level.
The BU Div. I men’s hockey team failed to capture a Beanpot of their own with a 3-2 OT loss against Boston College last night.
Northeastern is currently ranked No. 2 in the Northeast region of the ACHA.
Sophomore Eric Raiche will make his 3rd consecutive start between the pipes for BU. He is sporting a 2.00 GAA over that span.
The Terriers are on a hot steak, having won four games in a row. They look to continue their 2nd half resurgence tonight.
Puck drop is at 9:30.
FINAL – 2/7/12: Boston University – 11 Harvard University – 1
By Alex Moss
1st Star – Louis Mareschi (Sr.)
2nd Star – Eric Raiche (So.)
3rd Star – Nick Ennis (Sr.)
In one of their most dominant performances of the season, the Terriers defeated the Harvard University Crimson 11-1 Tuesday night to secure a spot in the Beanpot final against either Boston College or Northeastern University. BU will try to win the beanpot for the first time since its creation at the club level in 2008.
Sophomore Eric Raiche continued his dominance between the pipes, allowing only one goal late in the first period. Raiche has only given up 3 goals in his past two games. The line of Louis Mareschi, Pawel Kalinowski, and Nick Ennis was simply dominant, collecting 7 of the BU goals on the night. It was Kalinowski’s first game of 2012 after missing the first four with an ankle injury. Ennis also has tallies in 3 of his 4 games played this year.
This weekend the Terrier will welcome 6th ranked Central Connecticut State University for a Saturday night showdown at 10:00. They will then travel to UMass Lowell for a 7:00 Sunday night tilt. To round out the week, the Terriers will participate in the Beanpot final on Tuesday night against either Boston College or Northeastern.
GAME NOTES: Eleven goals marks BU’s highest scoring outburst of the season…this is the first time this season that the Terriers have limited their opponent to less than 2 goals…
FINAL – 2/4/12 : Boston University – 3 Providence College – 2
By Alex Moss
1st Star: Eric Raiche (So.)
2nd Star: Nick Ennis (Jr.)
3rd Star: Tyler Graham (Jr.)
With Providence College in town for a rematch from 24 hours ago, BU was able to push their way to their first two-game winning streak of the season. Goals were scored by Nick Ennis, Tyler Graham, and Mark Kasabian. In a game that was very reminiscent of Friday night, the Terriers were once again not at their best, but were able to pull out the victory.
Graham was able to cash in midway through the 1st period off of a garbage goal in front. It was his 4th goal on the weekend, and 7th of the season overall. Providence had a goal called off late in the 1st when a Friar forward collided with the net, knocking it off of its moorings just before the puck was shot across the line. The 1st period ended 1-0 in favor of the Terriers.
The second period featured Providence putting good scoring chances on net, but sophomore Eric Raiche out dueling the Providence offense in the finest outing by a BU goalie all year. Providence forward Daniel Caccavella said of Raich’e's effort between the pipes, “I didn’t know we were going to face Martin Brodeur in net tonight.” The score remained 1-0 after 2 periods, thanks to Raiche.
BU was able to distance themselves in the 3rd, with Jr. Nick Ennis getting in on both Terrier goals of the period. After wearing down the Friar defense during a fantastic shift, Ennis was able to push his way through the slot and loft a backhander on net, beating the Providence keeper low stick side. Minutes later, Soph. Mark Kasabian teamed up with Ennis to score the prettiest goal of the night. Ennis was once again applying heavy pressure and put a puck on net, creating a waist high rebound that Kasabian was able to bat out of the air to make the game 3-1.
Providence was able to cash in for a Power Play goal with 6 minutes to go, but was unable to tie things up after adding the 6th attacker. BU’s record now sits at 5-6-2 as they prepare for the first round of the Beanpot on Tuesday against their Charles River rival, Harvard University.
GAME NOTES: Sr. Pawel Kalinowski missed his 4th straight game with an ankle injury. He is 3rd on the team with 14 points…Fr. Robert Capucci recieved a disqualification penalty for a hit to the head in the 2nd period. He will be ineligible for Tuesday’s Beanpot game…
FINAL – 2/4/12: Boston University – 4 Providence College – 3
By Alex Moss
1st Star: Tyler Graham (Jr.)
2nd Star: David Gonzales (Fr.)
3rd Star: Alfonso Arevalo (Sr.)
The Terriers finally got back in the win column tonight with a win over the Providence College Friars, 4-3. After a tough loss to UConn and two straight losses to open up the new year, BU found a way to win due to a hat trick from junior Tyler Graham, solid goal tending from Freshman David Gonzales, and an additional tally by senior Alfonso Arevalo.
BU were sloppy from the start, being out-hustled to pucks and lacking a jump in their step. After Graham’s first goal midway through the first, Providence was able to tie things up just minutes later. However with just a few minutes to go in the first, Graham tallied his second of the game off of a crisp pass from senior Nick Horvath during a 3 on 2, beating the Providence goaltender five hole.
The Terriers still could not find their step in the second period, recording only 2 shots. Providence was able to sustain heavy pressure for most of the period, missing key scoring opportunities and even hitting a few posts. Fortunately, Providence was only able to cash in with one goal, leaving the game tied at two a piece at the end of the second.
The 3rd period was mostly a back and forth battle between the two teams, each having solid scoring chances. BU was able to have a 5 minute power-play after a scary incident involving freshman Ryan Simpson, in which he took a cross check to the neck and had to be taken off the ice in a stretcher. He was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, and was discharged later that night.
During their elongated power play, Graham was able to get his 6th goal of the year and to complete his hat trick, giving the Terriers a 3-2 lead midway through the period. After squandering the lead shortly thereafter, captain Alfonso Arevalo was able to take the lead for good with his 6th goal of the year and team leading 15th point. After a solid last few minutes between the pipes from Gonzales, BU was able to secure the win, improving to 4-6-2 on the year.
After the game, Gonzales said of the teams effort, “I was really proud of how we battled tonight and overcame adversity early on in the game. It was definitely for the boys.”
BU will face Providence again at home tomorrow night at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is at 9:00.
GAME NOTES: Sr. Pawel Kalinowski missed his 3rd straight game due to an ankle injury. He is tied for 2nd on the team with 14 points and is due to return tomorrow…Louis Mareschi and Nick Ennis were also out tonight. Both are also tied for 2nd with 14 points and will return tomorrow…Soph. Sean McCarthy left the game in the 1st period with a broken arm…
FINAL – Sunday, Jan. 8: Boston University – 3 University of Connecticut – 4 (OT)
By Alex Moss
1st Star: Nick Ennis (Jr.)
2nd Star: Justin Lundy (So.)
3rd Star: Alfonso Arevalo (Sr.)
RECAP: The Terriers traveled to Storrs, CT to take on the 8th ranked UConn Huskies tonight. After digging a quick two goal hole in the first period, the Terriers began to show life by pressing hard in the offensive zone to wear down the Husky defense. The Huskies ended the 2nd period with another goal, making the deficit 3-0 at the intermission.
Showing some heart and grit, the Terries mounted a comeback in their finest period of the year. Senior Alfonso Arevalo opened the scoring with a low blocker, power play goal midway through the period. Sophomore Mark Kasabian added another tally just minutes later, threading a shot from the right side on an odd man rush to cut the UConn lead to one and forcing them into a timeout.
With just a minute to go in the period, and the Terriers sustaining heavy pressure in the offensive zone, BU pulled sophomore goalie Justin Lundy for the extra attacker. Flying off the bench as the extra man, junior Nick Ennis picked up a rebound in the slot and burred the puck with just 52.3 seconds remaining.
BU carried the momentum into overtime with a few opportunities, but a UConn rush the other way and a few bad bounces gave UConn the extra tally with just over two minutes remaining. Despite the loss, it was by far the Terrier’s guttiest performance of the season. They will travel to Providence, RI on Friday to take on the Providence Friars, and will then prepare for the first round of the Beanpot tournament next Tuesday against Harvard University.