Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Another forward for 2017? For the future, a high-octane forward commits to BU

While not confirmed, it appears BU may be adding an experienced forward to the roster for next season. RPI left-shot forward Drew Melanson has earned his degree in three years and will be enrolled in BU graduate school. The 5-11, 170 lb. Melanson recently tweeted his intention to become a Terrier, which would be as a graduate transfer.

An all-state forward at Delbarton School in New Jersey before spending two seasons in the USHL, he scored 44 points in 57 regular-season games for Waterloo in 2013-14 and added 11 more in 12 playoff games. At RPI, he led the team in scoring as a freshman with 20 points and added another 23 in his past two seasons. BU was among the programs that recruited Melanson before he committed to RPI.  Stay tuned.
● Elite Prospects page
● RPI bio page

► A pair of NHL.com stories from last week:

Looking ahead
BU has received a commitment from a second elite 2002 birthdate forward from Canada. Josh Lawrence, a dynamic 5-9, 165 lb., right-shot from Moncton, New Brunswick, joins CIHA’s Dylan Peterson, who gave BU his verbal last October.

Lawrence was the second leading scorer (7-9-16) at the recent World Selects Invitational U15 event in Philadelphia, earning A ratings from several sources including SB Nation’s Jeff Cox:

Josh Lawrence, #11 West Coast Selects, 1/28/02, Shoots Right, 5-9/165, Moncton, New Brunswick – He’s just a natural scorer who can do it all offensively. He plays a complete game and is very smart out there. He sees what might open up and he reads plays well. He’s gritty and competes for everything. He’s an offensive player who is willing to backcheck and force turnovers. He’s a good skater with silky hands.

In 2015-16, Lawrence had 41 goals and 20 assists in 30 games for the Fredericton Canadiens Bantam AAA, after having played Bantam as an underager the previous year.  Last season, he played up a year for the Selects Hockey Academy 16U team, scoring 11 points in 9 USPHL games.
● Elite Prospects Page
● NeutralZone career statistics

2018 recruit Jake Wise talked with USA Hockey about his challenging U17 season and advice received from former Terrier Jack Eichel.  A two-season standout at Central Catholic HS, Wise had eight goals and 17 assists for the U17s, good for fourth best on the squad.  He also had three points in eight games with the U18s.
USA Hockey feature

Looking back
Colin Wilson and the Nashville Predators secured their first-ever Stanley Cup finals appearance, eliminating Anaheim in six games. The former All-American has four points in the playoffs, including a key goal in the Predators' game five win. Two other former Terriers, assistant GM Paul Fenton and Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty are longtime members of the Nashville staff.

Nick Bonino had a pair of assists—within just over two minutes--in Pittsburgh’s 7-0 win against Ottawa in game five of the Eastern Conference finals.  On the first, his wrist shot grazed teammate Bryan Rust on the way into the net. Ottawa won game six Tuesday night to force a seventh game in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
● NHL.com recap and video

Former Terriers are signing on for the third annual Comm Ave Classic set for July 14.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Prawdzik shutout seals NAHL title; Drury named Hartford GM--UPDATED

Goalie Max Prawdzik blanked the Ashton Rebels, 3-0 in the NAHL championship game, as the Lone Star Brahmas won their first-ever Robertson Cup title. Prawdzik stopped all 17 Rebel shots to record his third post-season shutout and ninth win in 11 appearances. The 2015 ISL Most Valuable Player and captain of The Brooks School’s NEPISHA Large School champions, he was named to the all-tournament team, with a 1.77 GAA and a .913 save percentage during the playoffs. He'll return to BU for the 2017-18 season.
● NAHL.com report

Jack Eichel and Clayton Keller registered assists in Team USA’s 5-3 win over Russia that clinched the Group A preliminary round title at the 2017 IIHF World Championships. With the win, the U.S. will be a top seed in the quarterfinals taking on Finland on Thursday. The game will air on NBCSN at 10:15 a.m. ET.
● USA Hockey recap and Notebook
● IIHF recap and box score
● IIHF World Championship home page

Jordan Greenway talked with NHL.com about his experiences with Team USA at the World Championships and the goals he's set for his next season at BU.
NHL.com report

Looking back
Three-time All-American and 1998 Hobey Baker Award Winner Chris Drury has been named general manager of the Rangers’ AHL team in Hartford. Drury had been promoted to assistant GM of the Rangers last September after serving as New York’s Director of Player Development. BU’s all-time goal-scoring leader with 113 and third in points with 214, Drury played on three Frozen Four teams including BU’s 1995 national champions and was team MVP twice. The year after winning the Hobey, Drury turned pro with Colorado  and earned the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.  In 2001, he won the Stanley Cup with the Avs. In his 12 year NHL career, he tallied 615 points (255 goals and 360 assists).
● NHL.com report
● BU Athletics Hall of Fame bio

Former BU All-American Shawn McEachern has been selected for the 2017 Class of the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame and will be inducted on June 17, along with Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna and former BC All-American Paul Hurley. The Waltham native won two state titles at Matignon High School before spending three seasons as a Terrier. He scored 186 career points, including 82 as a junior to lead BU to a Hockey East Champsionship (video above) and to the NCAA championship game. He totaled 571 points in 13 NHL seasons, won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1992 and skated for the gold-medal Team USA in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. He’s currently head coach at The Rivers School, which reached the NEPISHA championship game this past March.
● Massachusetts Hockey report

Boston Herald report
● BU Athletics Hall of Fame bio

Ralph “Ike” Bevins, one of BU’s first All-Americans and a teammate of Jack Garrity and Jack Kelley on the Terriers’ first NCAA Frozen Four squad, has passed away. 

A three-sport star at Arlington High School, Bevins was the Terriers netminder from 1946-1950. As a senior, he won team MVP honors and helped lead BU to the NCAA championship game, earning Most Outstanding Player of the tournament honors. Bevins was inducted into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1965.

In the 1950 Frozen Four, BU upset 1948 champion Michigan in the semifinals, but lost to Colorado College in the final, 13-4. So how did Bevins earn M.O.P. honors? USCHO looked into it a few years ago.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Prawdzik shines in NAHL playoffs; Oettinger heads to Strelow camp - UPDATED

Credit: Meagan Sullivan Photography
Max Prawdzik stopped 20 of 21 shots to lead Lone Star to a 3-1 win Friday night over Janesvilles, as the Brahmas sweep NAHL Robertson Cup semifinals. The former Brooks School standout, who will return to BU in September, made 30 saves in game one, a 3-2 overtime victory. Prawdzik has won eight of ten playoff games while ringing up a 1.71 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Brahmas move on to Sunday’s championship game against the winner of today’s deciding game between Ashton and Aberdeen.

Meanwhile, Jake Oettinger, is again attending the prestigious Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp in Plymouth, Mich. Oettinger was named to Hockey East’s 2017 Pro Ambitions All-Rookie team, along with Clayton Keller and Patrick Harper, and also was named a second-team Hockey East All-Star.

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Ty Amonte and the Penticton Vees begin play next week in the RBC Cup which crowns Canada’s Junior A champion. The right-shot forward, son of former BU star Tony Amonte, has 43 points for the Vees this season (37 in the regular season and six so far in the playoffs).

Looking back
Five Terriers remain in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.  Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan and Nick Bonino (photo), looking to repeat, face Ottawa, with Matt O’Connor on the roster, in the Eastern Conference final.  Nashville's Colin Wilson and assistant general manager Paul Fenton take on Anaheim in the Western Conference final. [Note the "How to Win a Stanley Cup" feature by blog contributor Neal Boudette. Link is in the sidebar]

Clayton Keller registered an assist for Team USA in its 5-3 win against Latvia in the IIHF World Championships. It was Team USA’s fourth straight win after an opening game loss.
● USA Hockey recap
● IIHF World Championships home page

Chris Bourque scored both goals for the Hershey Bears, including the overtime game-winner, as the Bears defeated Providence, 2-1, in the third game of the teams’ second round Calder Cup series.  Hershey now leads the series, 2-1.
● Providence Journal report

Women’s Team
Photo by Justin Hawk, Daily Free Press
Rebecca Leslie will captain the 2017-18 Terriers. The rising senior forward from Ottawa has 114 points in her first three seasons.  Graduate student Mary Parker was named last season’s team MVP.  She led Hockey East with 24 goals and was second in points with 45.
● GoTerriers.com report

Former Terrier standouts Marie-Philip Poulin and Jennifer Wakefield have been named to the centralization camp for Canada’s 2018 Olympic team.
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