Friday, November 21, 2014

Game Day: Terriers host the Black Bears

A week after defeating Maine at Alfond Arena, the #2/#3 Terriers face the same conference foe on home ice, with a Friday match-up beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Black Bears are the first of five foes BU will face in 10 days.  

Terriers will again be without sophomore Robbie Baillargeon (mono) and freshman Nikolas Olsson (concussion). Check back for BU’s line-up for tonight’s game and a link to this week's episode of Inside BU Hockey.

● preview , Game Notes, Game Tracker, Terrier TV Webcast, Terrier Sports  Radio Network Webcast
● Boston Hockey Blog live in-game blog
● Daily Free Press weekend preview
● HockeyEastOnline weekend preview
● CHN Blog: 3 Things I Think/Hockey East and Tale of the Tape
● WLBZ preview
● The Agganis Arena Weekend Preview interview features junior forward Mike Moran, who has two goals in the past three games.

► Three current Terriers and three future Terriers were included in the NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch list. Freshman Jack Eichel and 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway were awarded an “A” grade (projected 1st round pick). Freshman AJ Greer and 2015 recruit Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (photo) received a “B” (2nd-3rd) and freshman Brien Diffley and 2016 recruit Johnny McDermott received a “C” grade (4th-6th )  
● SB Nation analysis

Looking back

Adam Clendening, recalled from the AHL on Tuesday, fired a one-timer for a power play goal four minutes into his first NHL game, as the Blackhawks edged Calgary, 4-3.
● recap
● Chicago Tribune post-game interview (video)
● ESPN report

Alex Chiasson scored his fifth goal of the season, deflecting home a slap shot in the Senators’ 3-2 win over Nashville.

NBC Sports examined how Nick Bonino has contributed to Vancouver’s strong start. The former Terrier and Avon Old Farms standout now has 15 points (7G, 8A) in 19 games. Last season with Anaheim, he had 49 points.

Former Terrier Travis Roy was presented with the Christopher Reeve Foundation's prestigious Spirit of Courage Award at its annual gala in New York City.  The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and to finding a cure through increased funding of research.
● Portland Press Herald report
Roy with Senator Tom Harkin at Reeve Foundation gala (photo
Women’s Team
#6 BU hosts #7 Harvard tonight at Walter Brown Arena with puck drop set for 7 p.m. The game will feature three skaters who performed in last winter’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia, including BU captain Marie-Philip Poulin. Junior Sarah Lefort leads the Terriers in scoring with 16 points.
● preview, Game Notes, GameTracker, Terrier TV Webcast
● Daily Free Press weekend preview and notebook
WBUR: Returned Olympians on local college teams,

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Linkorama--UPDATED

This weekend, the Terriers will be playing their first-ever game at Hartford’s XCEL Center, taking on the UConn Huskies this Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The Friends of BU Hockey and the BU Alumni Association have invited fans to attend a pre-game gathering from 1:00-3:00pm, at the City Steam Brewery (just a short walk to the XL Center). Appetizers will be provided, and a cash bar will be available. For further details and to RSVP, click here.

Terrier TV: Both Friday night’s home game against Maine and Saturday’s matinee in Hartford will be available to Terrier TV subscribers.

►Next season is likely to see three BU games in the Nutmeg state. In addition to a regular-season game against Connecticut, we’re hearing that the Terriers will play ECAC powers Yale and Quinnipiac in a weekend set.

Two columns look at the reasons for BU’s early success. One is USCHO’s TMQ column; in the other one, from Yahoo! Sports, Ryan Lambert opines that BU needs more production on the power play and from other forwards besides the high-scoring OREO line.

ICYMI: Some other items of interest
Arizona State has announced plans to elevate its hockey program from ACHA (club-hockey--where it is defending national champion) to Division 1 beginning next season. The Sun Devils will become the 60th D-1 program.
OverTheBoards report

Reports are making the rounds that Terry Pergula, who bankrolled Penn State’s move into Division 1 and recently purchased the Buffalo Bills, is considering supporting a move to Division 1 by the University at Buffalo. Former Terrier Eddie Wright (photo) was the longtime coach of UB’s Division 2 program and a 40-year faculty member. Wright and fellow Chatham, Ont., native Herb Wakabayashi, a two-time All-American, along with Montreal’s Serge Boily comprised BU’s high scoring Pinball Line in the late 1960's. Wright was the first black head coach of a university team.

● Whether you love Keith Olbermann or hate him, this video report, recalling his own experiences with Gordie Howe is an absolute gem.

Looking ahead 
Prep hockey season is about to begin in New England and New York. Two future Terriers, Patrick Harper and Johnny McDermott—both 2016 recruits—will be playing for leading prep programs this season.

Harper, who led the Massachusetts Midget Selects Tier-1 U-18 division in scoring (as a 16-year-old) with 30 points in 14 games, will skate for perennial prep power Avon Old Farms.  Describing the 5-8, left-shot center, New England Prep Hockey News wrote:

Harper is small and slim but his high-end skill set makes up for his lack of strength and size. And by "high-end" we mean as high-end as any player we have seen in prep school hockey as of late. He brings people to their feet with highlight reel goals and passes all game long. [Edit: ..which he did tonight]

At the other end of the physical spectrum, McDermott (photo) is a 6-2 power forward, beginning his junior year at The Westminster School. USHR reported: “A good playmaker to go along with his skating, he is a power forward with finesse and has a lot of upside.”  McDermott, who previously had been an Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League All-Star forward with the Connecticut Oilers U16s, committed to BU in February 2014. scout Russ Bitely’s projection of the top 10 American-born players for the next draft includes 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway along with current BU freshman Jack Eichel.

Looking back
Kevin Shattenkirk was back in Boston with the St. Louis Blues to take on the Bruins in what was the former BU captain, All-American and U.S. Olympian’s 300th NHL game. The New Rochelle, N.Y. native has scored six points in the last five games and has a 1-15-16 scoring line in 18 games this season. Bruins spoiled the milestone, winning 2-0.

Former BU All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist Colin Wilson scored a goal and added an assist in Nashville’s 9-2 blowout of Toronto.

Former Hockey East All-Star defenseman Adam Clendening (photo) has been recalled from AHL Rockford to Chicago. Clendening, who was a first-team AHL All-Star in 2013-14, was briefly called up last season, but did not see any action. The right-shot blueliner from Wheatfield, N.Y. scored 59 points in two seasons at BU, following two years in the US NTDP. Rockford coach Jim Dent told ESPN:

 “He’s done well. I think it’s a good challenge right now for him. Get up there and see how you do. He’s been waiting for it. He’s wanted it. He’s deserved it over the course of the last 2 ½ years. Let’s see what he can go up there and do."

Former Terrier Corey Trivino was named ECHL Player of the Week after scoring four goals and two assists (with a +6) to lead the Florida Everblades to three wins in three days. A former Islanders draft choice, he has 103 points in 109 career ECHL games.  Late yesterday, Trivino, a member of BU's 2009 national championship team, was loaned to the AHL Portland Pirates.

Women’s Team
Freshman forward Victoria Bach (photo), who has a four-game goal scoring streak and found net in all three BU games last week, has been named Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week. Senior captain Marie-Philip Poulin was named to the Weekly Top Performers list after scoring twice in BU’s 4-2 win over Connecticut. One of the goals was her eighth shorthanded goal as a Terrier, establishing a new program record.
● report on Bach

BU fell one spot, from sixth to seventh, in both the USCHO poll and the USA TODAY/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rankings, recognition and more

Despite losses by last week’s #1 ranked Minnesota and #2 ranked North Dakota, Terriers remained in the third spot in the USCHO D1 poll. Undefeated (10-0) Michigan Tech vaulted to the top, while the (team formerly known as the Sioux) remained second.  However, in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, BU is in the #2 slot behind MTU, while SB Nation’s Power Rankings for this week have the Terriers edging the Huskies for the top ranking.

Jack Eichel (photo), who is second in Division 1 in points per game (1.88)  and leads in plus/minus (+15), and Danny O’Regan, who scored the game-winning goal vs. Maine—on a shorthander—and added an assist, made the Hockey East Weekly Top Performers list.

National statistics: Eight games into the season, BU is tied for the third best winning percentage (.812), has the sixth most goals-per-game (3.62) and the seventh least goals against (1.75).

NESN feature on Eichel and BU's move up the polls.

● Maine Campus recap of Friday’s BU win.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Jordan Greenway scored a goal and added an assist in the NTDP U18s’ 9-3 rout of Muskegon. The 6-5, 222 lb. left wing has 14 points in 19 games.

2017 recruit David Farrance scored his 13th goal in the Syracuse Stars 16Us’ 6-1 win over the Islanders Hockey Club. Farrance leads the undefeated Stars with a 13-12-25 line in 13 games.

Women’s Team
Terriers completed a weekend sweep of Connecticut with a 4-2 win, paced by two first period goals from senior captain, Marie-Philip Poulin (photo). The two-time Olympic gold medalist was playing her first home game of the season, having missed several games while playing for the Canadian National Team.

BU also received a first-period goal from sophomore Sarah Steele—her first collegiate goal—helping the Terriers to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Early in the second, freshman Victoria Bach scored her seventh goal—with one in each of the last four games—on a breakaway to extend the lead to 4-1.

Victoria Hanson stopped 14 shots for her fifth win of the season as BU outshot the Huskies by  a 30-16 margin.

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Video higlights
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