BOSTON -- After a tough Saturday loss to Michigan, the Boston University Terriers returned to the ice on Tuesday night and ensured their Thanksgiving turkey would taste a bit better with a big victory.
Despite Bentley senior goaltender Gabe Antoni making 44 saves, the Terriers persevered and beat him for a goal in each period, skating away with a 3-0 win at Agganis Arena.
"A really good win for us," BU head coach David Quinn said. "After a quick turnaround and after losing that game in the fashion that we did on Saturday ... to bounce back and play a lot more energetic and with a lot more pace, I'm really pleased with our guys."
BU enters the holiday break, and its Saturday night clash with Cornell at Madison Square Garden, with a 7-4-2 record.
The Terriers jumped on the scoreboard first just 3:01 into a sloppy first period as senior assistant captain Danny O'Regan scored his second goal in three games off a beautiful aerial pass from classmate Ahti Oksanen.
The San Jose Sharks prospect from Needham, Mass., took the feed and sprung ahead of the Bentley defense, unleashing a backhanded shot top shelf on Antoni.
BU continued to pour on the offensive pressure in the second period, but didn't double its lead until the waning minutes. Junior Doyle Somerby gave BU a 2-0 lead as he took a high wrister from just inside the blue line that fooled Antoni at 17:23.
"That always concerns you, when you feel like you deserve a better lead," Quinn said, "But we kept at it, and got a big power-play goal from Doyle and a huge kill. 5-on-3. After that I thought we didn't let up, which was nice to see."
Freshman Jordan Greenway provided a great screen in front of the net, allowing Somerby to score his third goal of the season and match his point total from all of last season with his seventh.
Somerby, a New York Islanders prospect, also scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-2 win over Michigan. The Marblehead, Mass., native's lone goal last season came in the national semifinal against North Dakota.
Antoni made double-digit saves in all three periods, including 16 in the second. Bentley goaltenders have now eclipsed the 40-save marker four times this season, with sophomore Jayson Argue turning the feat in all three other instances.
"If it wasn't for our goaltender, it could have been really ugly out there," Bentley head coach Ryan Soderquist said. "We were lucky to get out of the building 3-0. I'm extremely disappointed in our effort."
The BU defense held the Falcons to just three shots on goal in the opening period and three more in the middle stanza, but had a couple golden chances go by the boards.
Sophomore Andrew McDonald shot high and wide of BU goaltender Sean Maguire's shoulder in the first period before missing wide on a 2-on-1 chance with assistant captain Max French just past the midway mark of the second.
"Having Maguire back in the net, we really wanted to battle for him," Somerby said. "He kind of got us a spark with a couple big saves there."
Boston Bruins prospect Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson lifted BU to a 3-0 lead at the 3:07 mark of the third period, taking a nifty backhanded drop feed from O'Regan for a shot from the right circle that beat Antoni upstairs.
Forsbacka Karlsson scored two of his previous three goals in a 3-3 tie ten nights ago against Providence and now has four goals and 13 points to his credit over just 13 games.
"We were really excited about him and thought he could handle an awful lot early in his career, and he certainly has done that," Quinn said. "He's very thorough, and he's playing with two really good players because he's earned it and deserves it. ... I'm not surprised at the impact he's had."
Maguire saw just 15 shots, but he stopped them all to post the fifth shutout of his collegiate career.
His best save of the night came shortly after Forsbacka Karlsson's goal as freshman Alexey Solovyev's shot bounced right off the senior goaltender's stick before he calmly collected it in his catching glove.
"That's not an easy game to play," Quinn said. "He looked good, he looked good. He made a great play at one point, reaching back with his stick. If they get one, all of a sudden, the complexion of the game can change."