Saturday, March 28, 2015

Game Day: Another Dogfight—BU vs. Minnesota-Duluth

The #2-ranked Terriers take on #7 Minnesota-Duluth in the Northeast Regional final in Manchester with puck drop set for 5:30 ET. UMD defeated in-state rival Minnesota for the fourth time in five tries yesterday, 4-1, on the strength of three first-period goals; while BU edged Yale in overtime, 3-2, on Danny O’Regan’s  22nd goal and fourth game-winner.  (Recaps below in last night's post)

ESPN2 will broadcast today’s game as will TSN2 in Canada. (Try for a live stream)

BU is offering $5 bus rides to Manchester for today's game (details)

Despite a late season slump, the Bulldogs were the second seed in the Northeast Regional and #6 in the PairWise rankings. Junior Tony Cameranesi leads UMD in points with 30, while sophomore Dominic Toninato has a team-best 16 goals. Freshman netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo has a 2.28 GAA and a .917 save percentage  (UMD stats)

BU and UMD last met in December 1999, with the Bulldogs winning, 8-5. Overall BU has a 10-7-3 record again the Bulldogs. Today’s game is the first ever meeting of the teams in NCAA tournament play.

►The BU Alumni Association and the Friends of BU Hockey have organized another pregame gathering today at Margaritas at 1037 Elm Street in Manchester. (details).
Watch parties will be held in both New York City (details) and Washington D.C. (details)

Game Notes, GameTracker, Terrier Sports Radio Network webcast
● BU NCAA Tournament Central
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● CHN Northeast Regional preview
ESPN TV schedule for March 28

Episode 3 of BU—The Season traces the Terriers’ run to their 30th Beanpot title.

More from the opening round of the Northeast Regional
● Boston Hockey Blog: Plusses and Minuses
● Minneapolis Star Tribune: Gophers thumped by Minnesota Duluth

BU's win was the 40th NCAA tournament victory in program history. BU has reached the national tournament 33 times, fourth best among all Division 1 schools.

Danny O’Regan was named first star of the night by NCAA. Minnesota-Duluth goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo, who stopped 31 Minnesota shots, gets the 3rd star.

With a nation’s best 67 points, freshman Jack Eichel is now tied with three former Terrier All-Americans—Jay Pandolfo, Mike Hyndman and Herb Wakabayashi—for ninth most points in a season at BU. Evan Rodrigues’ 59 points are eighth best for a BU senior, tied with Dick Lamby and Bob Marquis.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Jordan Greenway and 2016 recruit Clayton Keller each scored a goal in the NTDP U18s' 8-2 win over Chicago. Greenway, who also added an assist, has 11 points (3G, 8A) in his last six games.

2017 recruit David Farrance scored twice and added an assist for Syracuse, which dropped a 5-4 decision, in a shootout, to Chicago Mission, in the Tier 1, 16U National Championships.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Terriers nip Bulldogs in overtime on O’Regan goal, 3-2

Photo credit Josh Gibney

#2 BU, down a goal to Yale after two periods, scored twice in the third, but needed an overtime goal from junior Danny  O’Regan to escape the tight-checking Bulldogs, 3-2, in the first round of the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H.  The junior right wing, who nearly won the game for BU in the final seconds of regulation, rapped home the rebound of freshman Jack Eichel's slapper from the right point.

The Bulldogs took the game's first lead in the middle period when Nate Rapensky's power play slapshot deflected past junior Matt O'Connor. The 1-0 margin held until 8:21 of the third period when Ahti Oksanen snapped a rebound past Alex Lyon from about 12 feet out for his 24th goal. Cason Hohmann and AJ Greer assisted. Three minutes later, senior Evan Rodrigues took a pass from O'Regan and snapped a shot home from the left face-off circle for his 19th goal, giving BU a 2-1 lead. That lasted less than two minutes as a turnover gave Frankie DiChiara an open shot from the high slot, which he whipped past O'Connor. In the final seconds of the period, O'Regan's close-in shot hit Lyon's shoulder and then hit the crossbar before being covered by Lyon, who turned aside 39 BU shots.

Matt O'Connor stopped 19 of 21 shots to improve his record to 23-3-4.

The Terriers, top seed in the Northeast Regional, will play in the regional final tomorrow against second-seed Minnesota-Duluth, which defeated in-state rival Minnesota, 4-1.  

Check back for more coverage later tonight and tomorrow.

● recap , comprehenisive box score and photo gallery
● Post-game comments (transcripts) Coach David Quinn, O’Regan & Rodrigues
● Video highlights 
Post-game comments (video-BU & Yale)
● Boston Hockey Blog photos
● USCHO recap and analysis
SB Nation recap
College Hockey News: BU Gets Mentally Tough
● WEEI College Blog recap

The win was BU's frist NCAA tournament victory since winning the 2009 National Championship game in Washington, D.C.

►Each of the three skaters on BU's top line has recorded four game-winning goals this season.

►Terriers set a new program record for most overtime wins (6) and most overtime games (12) in a season. The 1976-77 squad had five OT wins.

► While O’Connor was focused on the Yale shooters, Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray was in Manchester to watch the free agent goalie…and Eichel, too.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NCAA Game Day: BU vs. Yale in the NCAA Northeast Regional--UPDATED

Game Day

With the Hockey East championship—the eighth in program history—in the books, the #2 Terriers are the top seed in the NCAA Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H., where they’ll take on Yale today at 2:00 p.m. The contest will air live on ESPNU and TSN2 with Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe behind the mikes.

The game shapes up as a contest between the irresistible force—BU’s nation’s best offense—and the immoveable object—Yale’s top-ranked defense.  The Elis also are the least penalized team in the nation.

Yale goalie Alex Lyon brings the nation’s best goals-against average (1.58) and save percentage (.939). On offense, the Elis are led by Frank DiChiara (8G, 13A) and blueliner Rob O’Gara (6G, 15A).
"We have faced teams like Yale before," Coach David Quinn said. "We have the ability to score some highlight-reel goals, but I think we also have a little bit of a grit element to our game as well. We will roll the sleeves up to get in between the dots and fight for space at the net front. The [kind of] goals you have to score this time of year."

● preview, Game Notes, GameTracker, Terrier Sports Radio Network webcast.
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● Daily Free Press preview
● USCHO Northeast Regional preview
● College Hockey News Northeast Regional preview, Tale of the Tape, Danny O'Regan feature
ESPN: John Buccigross's Everything You Need to Know preview and Jack Eichel interview
● Boston Herald: Brandon Hickey a steady force
● New Haven Register preview
Hockey East Online weekend preview NCAA preview
BU Today preview
Boston Herald preview  
SB Nation: Players to watch at the Northeast Regional

Episode 24 of Inside BU Hockey features Bernie Corbett’s interview with head coach David Quinn, freshman Jack Eichel and former Harvard standout Ben Smith, later a BU assistant throughout the 1980s.  Eichel, who leads Division 1 in scoring with 66 points, was recently named Hockey East’s Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, joining Paul Kariya and Brian Leetch as the only players to earn both honors as freshmen.

Smith joined BU Coach Jack Parker’s staff after turns as an assistant at UMass-Amherst and Yale.  Leaving BU in 1990, he became head coach at Dartmouth for a season and then head coach at Northeastern for five seasons. In 1998, he coached the U.S. Women’s Olympic team to its first ever gold medal at the Nagano Games. 

Women’s Team
Terrier captain and Hockey East Player of the Year—and two-time Olympic gold medalist— Marie Philip Poulin has been named Team Canada’s captain for the IIHF Women’s World Championships

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