Friday, April 21, 2017

Tkachuk-led U18s reach IIFH semifinals; Eichel, Drury join Team USA for Worlds

► has updated its hockey archive and records to include the 2016-17 season.

Looking ahead
Team USA skates against Sweden on Saturday in the semifinals of the IIHF World U18 Championships, airing on NHL Network at 1:30 p.m. The U.S. squad advanced following a 4-2 quarterfinal win against Switzeland, in which 2017 recruit David Farrance scored the tying goal and fellow 2017 recruit and team captain Brady Tkachuk assisted on one goal and set up another.

The 6’2”, 195 lb.,Tkachuk, whose father, NHL standout Keith Tkachuk, starred for BU’s 1991 NCAA finalist squad, is tied for second on the U18s with 25 goals and leads the team in penalty minutes. He is featured in a USA Hockey player profile.  

2017 recruit Shane Bowers’ scored his second playoff in Waterloo’s 3-0 win over Fargo to complete a first-round series sweep.  Bowers had 51 points (22G, 29A) in the regular season. The win ended the season for fellow 2017 recruit Hank Crone who produced 62 regular-season points (24G, 38A), tied for third in the USHL scoring race.

In a College Hockey News feature on Youngstown Phantoms defenseman Michael Karow, the BC recruit was asked who was the hardest forward to play against this past season. 

“[Boston University recruit] Shane Bowers,” said Karow. “He combines his size and skill level. He uses his body positioning to protect the puck. He’s the best forward we’ve played against.”

Prior to the recent 2017 OHL draft, scouting site Neutral Zone ranked five future Terriers --Alex Vlasic, Case McCarthy, Trevor Zegras, Cade Webber and Robert Mastrosimone--among the top 12 Americans eligible for the draft. List

Looking back
A pair of Terrier Hobey Baker Award winners have joined Team USA for the IIHF World Championships. Jack Eichel, who has a career best 57 points in 61 games for Buffalo, joins Clayton Keller and Jordan Greenway on the U.S. roster. Two seasons ago, following his All-American freshman year at BU, he helped Team USA win bronze at the 2016 World Championships. 

Two-time All-American and current Rangers’ assistant GM Chris Drury has joined the Team USA management team.  BU’s all-time goal-scoring leader with 113, Drury was a member of the 1995 national championship team and won the Hobey Baker Award in 1998.
● USA Hockey report-Eichel

Charlie Coyle’s unassisted goal was the game-winner for Minnesota in the Wild’s 2-0 win over St. Louis that prevented a Blues first-round sweep.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

McAvoy's first NHL point; Future Terriers at IIHF World U-18

Looking Back

Former Terrier and current Boston Bruin Charlie McAvoy assisted on a power play goal that evened the score at three apiece, but the Ottawa Senators won in overtime at TD Bank Garden on Monday night and lead the first round series, 2-1.  That was McAvoy's first NHL point.
● recap and video

Clayton Keller, another recently departed Terrier, was named USCHO Co-Rookie of the Year.  The Swansea, Illinois native and current Arizona Coyote shared the award with Denver Pioneer Henrik Borgstrom, as they were considered the top two freshmen in the country this past season.

Quinn on his Future

Daily Free Press writer and men's hockey reporter Jonathan Sigal spoke with Coach David Quinn and asked him to comment on rumors of a possible NHL Head Coaching job.
 ● Twitter Jonathan Sigal

Looking Ahead

On Monday, 2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk scored a goal and fellow incoming freshmen David Farrance and Logan Cockerill each had helpers for Team USA as the U-18s defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2.
● IIHF recap
● IIHF game summary
● USA Hockey recap

On Tuesday, Cockerill assisted on the opening goal and 2019 recruit Joel Farabee scored on a penalty shot to make it 3-0, Team USA.  The U-18s defeated Team Sweden 5-1 and finished the preliminary round with a perfect 4-0-0 record.  They will have the top seed as the quarterfinals begin on Thursday (opponent and location not yet determined).
● IIHF recap
● IIHF game summary
● USA Hockey recap

2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone has signed a tender agreement with the Chicago Steel of the USHL.  The East Islip, NY native most recently played on the Shattuck Saint Mary's U-16 team and had a 23-21-44 scoring line in 41 games.
● announcement and interview

Women's Team

The 2019-2020 Terrier hockey team will have extra incentive to go deep into the post-season:  The NCAA has announced that the 2020 Women's Frozen Four will be held at Agganis Arena.  This will be the second time such a championship will be decided at Boston University.  Agganis was also the host site to the women's division-1 ice hockey championships in 2009.
● BU to Host Women's 2020 Frozen Four
● USCHO NCAA announcement

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hickey to lead ’17-18 Terriers; Keller named team MVP

At Saturday’s end-of-season Hockey Banquet, the leadership team for next season was announced along with perpetual award winners for the past campaign. Rising senior Brandon Hickey will wear the “C” and will have three assistants: Jordan Greenway, Nikolas Olsson and Bobo Carpenter.

Award winners:
Clifford P Fitzgerald (outstanding rising Junior or Senior defenseman) Brandon Hickey
Regina Eilberg Scholarship (GPA) - Bobo Carpenter
Ed Carpenter Award (leading scorer) - Clayton Keller
Bennett McInnis Award for Spirit - Doyle Somerby
Iron Terrier Award - Doyle Somerby
Most Improved Player - John MacLeod
Friends Albert Sidd Unsung Hero Award - Nick Roberto
George V Brown MVP - Clayton Keller

Coach David Quinn announced that junior goalie Connor LaCouvee is graduating in three years and will be leaving the program. It is expected he will pursue the graduate transfer option as Robbie Baillargeon (now at Arizona State) did last Spring. With his departure, the Terrier goaltending corps for next season will be Jake Oettinger, Max Prawdzik, who will return after his stint with NAHL Lone Star, and Nico Lynch, who joined the program in January.

On Friday, Prawdzik authored his first shutout for Lone Star in the Brahmas playoff opener, a 3-0 win against Wichita, in which he stopped 23 shots. He followed that up with a 7-3 win Saturday for a 2-0 Lone Star lead in the best-of-five South Division Semifinal series.
● Junior Hockey Digest report

Keller was named the 2016-17 recipient of the Tim Taylor Award as the top freshmen in Division 1 hockey.  He becomes the third Terrier to receive the award in the past 11 seasons, joining Kieran Millan (2009) and Jack Eichel (2015).
● report 

Greenway and Keller have been named to the Team USA squad that will compete in the 2017 IIHF World Championships in Germany and France next month.

Information about next season’s schedule has begun to emerge. The season will kick off at home on September 30 against Union College—the earliest start in program history. With Notre Dame’s departure from Hockey East, the conference will employ an unbalanced schedule of 24 conference games for each school. BU will play three games with Connecticut, Maine, Merrimack and Providence and two contests with the other league teams. Besides Union, BU will host Mankato State (2) and defending NCAA champion Denver, while away out-of-conference games include Quinnipiac and Arizona State (2). The Terriers will resume the every-other-season Red Hot Hockey series against Cornell at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk and 2018 recruit Joel Farabee each recorded an assist in Team USA’s 5-4 win against Russia in the IIHF World U18 Championships in Sweden. With two wins under its belt, Team USA will next face the Czech Republic on Monday.

2017 recruit Shane Bowers was named a third-team USHL All-Star. He finished tied for 10th in USHL scoring with 51 points (22G, 29A). The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was ranked #16 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking. He scored a goal and an assist in last night’s 4-1 playoff win against Fargo.  Fellow 2017 recruit Hank Crone finished tied for third in USHL scoring with 62 points (24G, 38A).

Looking back
Former BU captain Wade Megan scored a goal and assisted on the overtime game-winner as AHL Chicago edged Charlotte, 4-3, in the regular season finale to clinch the Central Division title.  Megan, who made his NHL debut with St. Louis earlier this season and earned a spot as an AHL's first-team all-star, finished the year with 66 points—tied for fourth in the league. His 33 goals led all AHL skaters.
● Wolves’ Recap and video

Coach Clark Donatelli’s WBS Penguins have won the MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy as the AHL’s 2016-17 regular season champions.  David Warsofsky, a second-team AHL all-star, scored 47 points for the Baby Pens, while Sahir Gill had 18 points. 
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