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Game Notes (10/16): BU vs. Vermont

A thoroughly dominating Terriers team made this game almost a lopsided affair earlier tonight. BU dominated this game for much of the 60 minutes played. They came out with excellent jump and firing on all cylinders. It wouldn’t take long before the Terriers would draw first blood in the contest. At the 1:10 mark, UVM defenseman Mark Lutz would be called for a hook, putting the Terriers on the power play. At the 2:40 mark, senior Bryan Miller would get BU on the board on the power play. It began with freshman Chris Bourque picking up a loose puck from along the boards. Bourque showed not only some great patience with the puck but also some excellent assessing of the situation in front of the UVM net. He waits to find a good shooting lane, when none can be found, he then dishes the puck off to Miller who then proceeds to launch a shot that finds its way through the traffic in front and behind UVM goalie Joe Fallon for the score. Bourque and junior David Van Der Gulik would draw the assists. As the period progressed, the parade to the penalty box did as well. BU was not only good five-on-five but were also excellent on special teams as well. UVM, particularly in the opening period, looked very disorganized in their own end and had problems connecting on their passes. It didn’t help the Catamounts that the Terriers were also winning the territorial battles as well. At the 13:23 mark, UVM defenseman Phil Youngclaus was sent off for a hook and once again the Terriers power play went to work. At the 13:44 mark, junior John Laliberte would extend BU’s lead on another power play tally. It began with senior Brian McConnell bringing the puck back into the UVM zone before launching a shot from the point at the UVM net. With all the traffic in front, Fallon had difficulty corraling the puck after making the initial save. Laliberte arrives into the fray to bangs the loose puck in for the score. McConnell would draw the lone assist. As the period winded down, things started to get a bit chippy as more than a few not-so-friendly shots were taken by both teams.

The second period began with UVM having to kill off a penalty. Once they penalty was over, they finally managed to come to life a bit. They began getting to the puck quicker and was beginning to win some of the territorial battles. At the 2:12 mark, BU forward Brad Zancanaro would be called for a hook, putting the Catamounts on the power play. The relentless forechecking and attacking of the puck carriers by BU resulted in a great shorthanded breakaway opportunity for McConnell, before he was stopped and an odd-man rush for UVM going the other way ensued. The Terriers penalty trouble got worse at the 3:00 mark when Van der Gulik was sent off for a hit from behind. This time, the Catamounts were able to keep the puck in the BU zone for a good amount of time, but ended up not scoring nor getting a good scoring chance because they were trying to make the “perfect” play that never happened. The best chance on that power play, came when a Torrey Mitchell shot just missed the short side of the BU net. About midway through the period, things started to get nasty once again. At the 10:21 mark, Zancanaro and UVM captain Jaime Sifers got the sticks and tempers up resulting in matching minors. Zancanaro lucked out on not getting an extra minor for a slash to the Sifers’ knees. Later, at the 12:43 mark, BU defenseman Jekabs Redlihs would be sent off for a hold, once again giving the Catamounts a chance to get on the board. Once again, BU’s relentless attack would get the better of the Catamounts and this time it was costly. At the 13:42 mark, Van der Gulik would score arguably the best goal of the night on a terrific individual effort. It began when he stripped the UVM player of the puck as a result of some great forechecking, then after gaining puck possession proceeds to leg it up the ice toward the UVM net and with a nice move to momentarily freeze Fallon, backhands the puck past Fallon for the score. The shorthanded tally was unassisted and increased BU’s lead to 3-0. After Van der Gulik’s shorthanded tally, the Catamounts almost gave up another shortie to McConnell that was the result of some nice work by Van der Gulik to strip the Catamounts player of the puck. After UVM finally managed to get out of the power play without any more trouble, the game’s pace slowed a bit as did the Terriers. At the 15:40 mark, the Catamounts finally got on the board. It began with a nice shot from the point by Sifers. It makes it way through to the net where sophomore Andy Corran is parked for a re-directed shot that makes it past BU goalie John Curry for the score. Sifers would draw the lone assist, cutting BU’s lead 3-1. For the remainder of the period, BU would get back to their relentless checking, and taking away space, particularly in the neutral zone. UVM had difficulty getting into the BU zone and when they did, the Catamounts had trouble getting some quality chances on net.

The final stanza was perhaps UVM’s best period of the game. They were playing much better, challenging the BU players and showing some fight for both the puck and space on the ice. They became more successful in gaining passage into the BU zone. The Terriers also looked to have eased up a bit as well. Curry finally began getting some work and having to make some crucial saves to keep UVM off the board. BU also began to get into some penalty trouble, but the Terriers penalty killing was up to the task while UVM continued to struggle to get something going with the man advantage. With less than a minute left in regulation and Fallon out for the extra attacker, Van der Gulik put the frosting on the cake at the 19:20 mark with an empty-netter. Laliberte makes a nice cross-ice pass up to a streaking Van der Gulik who was trying to fend off a Catamounts defender, when he’s finally in the UVM he proceeds to fire the puck into the empty net to seal the win for BU.

What won this game for the Terriers was the combination of relentless checking and attacking of their opponent, particularly on special teams. UVM’s demise was their inability to cash in on the opportunities that presented themselves and their inability to match the intensity and relentlessness of their opponent.

The Catamounts should be buying their goaltender Joe Fallon dinner tonight. Arguably the best player on the ice tonight for the Catamounts. Despite being sacked with the loss, he kept his team in the game for much of the night and was sensational in his play down low and ability to stay with the shooters. He stopped 34 of 37 shots including 19 in the 2nd period alone.

For BU, the two Calgary Flames prospects of David Van der Gulik and Brian McConnell were excellent tonight, showing great persistence in gaining puck possession at almost any cost and were relentless in their checking and standing up to the opposing UVM players.

For people wondering about how Chris Bourque did? Well, he certainly lived up to the hyped. The two things that were most impressive about Bourque was his outstanding puck skills (especially his quick and accurate shot) and his great on-ice vision. He’s a smart player who really sees the game quite well. He was utilized on one of the points on the Terriers power play and played with like a seasoned veteran. The biggest knock on him however is indeed his small size, but what he lacks in size he more than makes up for with incredible skills and heart.

...and yes, Ray was there watching his son.

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A thoroughly dominating Terriers team made this game almost a lopsided affair earlier tonight. BU dominated this game for much of the 60 minutes played. They came out with excellent jump and firing on all cylinders. It wouldn’t take long before the Terriers would draw first blood in the contest. At the 1:10 mark, UVM defenseman Mark Lutz would be called for a hook, putting the Terriers on the power play. At the 2:40 mark, senior Bryan Miller would get BU on the board on the power play. It began with freshman Chris Bourque picking up a loose puck from along the boards. Bourque showed not only some great patience with the puck but also some excellent assessing of the situation in front of the UVM net. He waits to find a good shooting lane, when none can be found, he then dishes the puck off to Miller who then proceeds to launch a shot that finds its way through the traffic in front and behind UVM goalie Joe Fallon for the score. Bourque and junior David Van Der Gulik would draw the assists. As the period progressed, the parade to the penalty box did as well. BU was not only good five-on-five but were also excellent on special teams as well. UVM, particularly in the opening period, looked very disorganized in their own end and had problems connecting on their passes. It didn’t help the Catamounts that the Terriers were also winning the territorial battles as well. At the 13:23 mark, UVM defenseman Phil Youngclaus was sent off for a hook and once again the Terriers power play went to work. At the 13:44 mark, junior John Laliberte would extend BU’s lead on another power play tally. It began with senior Brian McConnell bringing the puck back into the UVM zone before launching a shot from the point at the UVM net. With all the traffic in front, Fallon had difficulty corraling the puck after making the initial save. Laliberte arrives into the fray to bangs the loose puck in for the score. McConnell would draw the lone assist. As the period winded down, things started to get a bit chippy as more than a few not-so-friendly shots were taken by both teams.

The second period began with UVM having to kill off a penalty. Once they penalty was over, they finally managed to come to life a bit. They began getting to the puck quicker and was beginning to win some of the territorial battles. At the 2:12 mark, BU forward Brad Zancanaro would be called for a hook, putting the Catamounts on the power play. The relentless forechecking and attacking of the puck carriers by BU resulted in a great shorthanded breakaway opportunity for McConnell, before he was stopped and an odd-man rush for UVM going the other way ensued. The Terriers penalty trouble got worse at the 3:00 mark when Van der Gulik was sent off for a hit from behind. This time, the Catamounts were able to keep the puck in the BU zone for a good amount of time, but ended up not scoring nor getting a good scoring chance because they were trying to make the “perfect” play that never happened. The best chance on that power play, came when a Torrey Mitchell shot just missed the short side of the BU net. About midway through the period, things started to get nasty once again. At the 10:21 mark, Zancanaro and UVM captain Jaime Sifers got the sticks and tempers up resulting in matching minors. Zancanaro lucked out on not getting an extra minor for a slash to the Sifers’ knees. Later, at the 12:43 mark, BU defenseman Jekabs Redlihs would be sent off for a hold, once again giving the Catamounts a chance to get on the board. Once again, BU’s relentless attack would get the better of the Catamounts and this time it was costly. At the 13:42 mark, Van der Gulik would score arguably the best goal of the night on a terrific individual effort. It began when he stripped the UVM player of the puck as a result of some great forechecking, then after gaining puck possession proceeds to leg it up the ice toward the UVM net and with a nice move to momentarily freeze Fallon, backhands the puck past Fallon for the score. The shorthanded tally was unassisted and increased BU’s lead to 3-0. After Van der Gulik’s shorthanded tally, the Catamounts almost gave up another shortie to McConnell that was the result of some nice work by Van der Gulik to strip the Catamounts player of the puck. After UVM finally managed to get out of the power play without any more trouble, the game’s pace slowed a bit as did the Terriers. At the 15:40 mark, the Catamounts finally got on the board. It began with a nice shot from the point by Sifers. It makes it way through to the net where sophomore Andy Corran is parked for a re-directed shot that makes it past BU goalie John Curry for the score. Sifers would draw the lone assist, cutting BU’s lead 3-1. For the remainder of the period, BU would get back to their relentless checking, and taking away space, particularly in the neutral zone. UVM had difficulty getting into the BU zone and when they did, the Catamounts had trouble getting some quality chances on net.

The final stanza was perhaps UVM’s best period of the game. They were playing much better, challenging the BU players and showing some fight for both the puck and space on the ice. They became more successful in gaining passage into the BU zone. The Terriers also looked to have eased up a bit as well. Curry finally began getting some work and having to make some crucial saves to keep UVM off the board. BU also began to get into some penalty trouble, but the Terriers penalty killing was up to the task while UVM continued to struggle to get something going with the man advantage. With less than a minute left in regulation and Fallon out for the extra attacker, Van der Gulik put the frosting on the cake at the 19:20 mark with an empty-netter. Laliberte makes a nice cross-ice pass up to a streaking Van der Gulik who was trying to fend off a Catamounts defender, when he’s finally in the UVM he proceeds to fire the puck into the empty net to seal the win for BU.

What won this game for the Terriers was the combination of relentless checking and attacking of their opponent, particularly on special teams. UVM’s demise was their inability to cash in on the opportunities that presented themselves and their inability to match the intensity and relentlessness of their opponent.

The Catamounts should be buying their goaltender Joe Fallon dinner tonight. Arguably the best player on the ice tonight for the Catamounts. Despite being sacked with the loss, he kept his team in the game for much of the night and was sensational in his play down low and ability to stay with the shooters. He stopped 34 of 37 shots including 19 in the 2nd period alone.

For BU, the two Calgary Flames prospects of David Van der Gulik and Brian McConnell were excellent tonight, showing great persistence in gaining puck possession at almost any cost and were relentless in their checking and standing up to the opposing UVM players.

For people wondering about how Chris Bourque did? Well, he certainly lived up to the hyped. The two things that were most impressive about Bourque was his outstanding puck skills (especially his quick and accurate shot) and his great on-ice vision. He’s a smart player who really sees the game quite well. He was utilized on one of the points on the Terriers power play and played with like a seasoned veteran. The biggest knock on him however is indeed his small size, but what he lacks in size he more than makes up for with incredible skills and heart.

...and yes, Ray was there watching his son.
Thanks for the UNBIASED report. That was some great detail. I'm surprised he is doing so well so quickly. Once guys get used to him, I bet they like him. Keep us Cap fans updated on his progress!

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[QUOTE=Oilers Chick]

The Catamounts should be buying their goaltender Joe Fallon dinner tonight. Arguably the best player on the ice tonight for the Catamounts. Despite being sacked with the loss, he kept his team in the game for much of the night and was sensational in his play down low and ability to stay with the shooters. He stopped 34 of 37 shots including 19 in the 2nd period alone.

QUOTE]

Indeed Fallon has been very impressive, and I am glad that he will be keeping the starting job for the rest of the season. Had Travis Russell started this game, the score would have probably been 7-1 BU. Fallon is really going to help UVM stay in games that they probably would not have been able to if Russell were in.

Also, there were a crapload of penalties, which either way is not a good thing for UVM. They are not great PK'ers and they don't even shoot on power plays. The power play thing is what really gets me, they seem to be passing around to find the perfect shot and not getting it done when they could be making effective shots and keeping the pressure on and scoring more. It is something that they really need to work on, because they are not converting on lots of PP opprotunities.

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I love Joe Fallon, he was the most impressive goaltender in the USHL last year and I thought he was going to be drafted any time after the 6th round.

Thanks for the update!

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