Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Midweek Linkorama

On September 23, Coach David Quinn was interviewed by play-by-play announcer Bernie Corbett at Sunset Cantina and took questions from Terrier fans in attendance. The live podcast that night ran into technical problems, but the recorded podcast, which lasts 45 minutes, is now available. 

Discussing the Terriers’ turnaround season in 2014-15, Quinn points out that last year’s squad never lost twice in a row and the last time that happened at BU was the national championship season of 1978. He also addresses who needs to step up to replace the offense lost to graduation and Jack Eichel’s departure. Here’s an interesting stat in that regard from College Hockey Inc.:

Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon SportsWire’s look at Ottawa Senators prospects lists junior Robbie Baillargeon (photo) as the organization’s most likely Bounce Back prospect. After leading BU in scoring as a freshman with 27 points, the right-short forward was slowed by mononucleosis last season, finishing with 16 points.

Photo by Rich Gagnon, BU Athletics
Former Daily Free Press hockey writer Conor Ryan, now with SB Nation, authored an impressive, in- depth feature on freshman Bobo Carpenter's path to BU, talking with the North Reading, Massachusetts native and his father, 18-year NHL veteran Bobby Carpenter.

College Hockey Inc. reveals 13 key story lines for the upcoming season including the Hobey Baker Award race with senior Danny O’Regan a leading candidate and the growing influx of European players, including Terriers Ahti Oksanen (Finland) and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (Sweden).

● USCHO: Hockey East predictions  Jim Connelly picks BU #1; Dave Hendrickson says #2.

● College Hockey News: ECAC Preview Capsules. Terriers have five games scheduled with ECAC opponents beginning with Union College this Saturday. The others are Cornell, Yale, Quinnipiac and Harvard (and possibly a second time in the Beanpot Tournament).

SB Nation: Las Vegas odds of winning the NCAA title— BU: 15/2

Gotta love the new homepage graphics for Hockey East Online.

New England Hockey Journal’s College Preview issue—digital edition

Former Terrier Jack Eichel was among the winners at the inaugural Globies Awards last night.

Looking ahead

Seven games into the season, 2016 recruits Clayton Keller and Kieffer Belllows (photo) are #1 and #2 in scoring for the NTDP U18s with nine and seven points respectively. Fellow recruit Chad Krys is tied for fourth with four points.

Loooking back

Can't wait for tonight or don't get NESN? All three parts of The Season II can be viewed here:  Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3    

Women’s Team
2015-16 Terriers Prospectus can be viewed here.
BU hosts Penn State for a pair of games this weekend: Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.

Today marks 10 years of BU Women's Hockey. Cumulative record is 210-115-41, all under Head Coach Brian Durocher, and includes four consecutive Hockey East championships and five of the past six.

Monday, October 05, 2015

USA Today Polls; Terrier Takeaway; Women sweep

The preseason USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Hockey Poll shows the Terriers ranked #2, trailing Commonwealth Avenue rival BC. Another local rival, Harvard, is #5 and Providence was ranked #7.
Note: We'll post the new USCHO poll results when they're published.

Terrier Takeaway
This week’s Takeaway, from blog contributor buoldtimer, focuses on the freshman class and and the candidates for filling the void left in goal due to Matt O’Connor’s departure:

Jordan Greenway – Given his size, I was dubious of his mobility, but he appeared to have greater agility than I’d expected. Obviously, he will be difficult to dislodge from the front of the net.

Jakob Fosbacka-Karlsson – Aside from his two goals, he handled the puck well, wasn’t reluctant to enter traffic, and was poised with the puck.

Charlie McAvoy – His high level skills were apparent at each end of the ice, from the drop of the puck. Handled the puck well on the power play. An effortless skater who played with confidence.

Shane Switzer – Demonstrated that he knows when to jump into a play. Besides his goal, he also jumped into a second scoring opportunity.

Ryan Cloonan, Bobo Carpenter – Played a similar style, at least they did on Saturday. Both were involved in the play on each shift.

Connor Lacouvee – Beaten on a tip and a breakaway, but gave up several big rebounds.

Sean Maguire – As noted in the game recaps, he moved well in the crease, limited the rebounds, and was in good position throughout his 30 minutes of play.

►Looking ahead on the BU schedule, Denver will be in town for a Halloween afternoon match-up. The Pioneers, who reached the NCAA regional final last Spring, are USCHO’s pick to win the NCHC title this season.

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Clayton Keller scored a third-period power play goal to pull the NTDP U18s into a 1-1 tie with host Lake Superior State and Team USA went on to claim a 2-1 overtime win. Keller’s third goal of the season was assisted by fellow 2016 recruit Chad Krys and gives the former Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep standout a team best nine points (3G, 6A)
●  WCHA recap

Krys was interviewed by USHL TV about his recent commitment to BU, playing on a team with three other future Terriers and his chances of making the US Junior National Team.


With the St. Louis Blues spending a few days working out at Michigan’s Yost Arena, members of the NTDP U17 team had a chance to watch an NHL team practice and to meet NTDP alum—and Terrier All-American—Kevin Shattenkirk. 2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk is featured in an interview.

Looking back’s Mike Morreale has pegged Jack Eichel as the favorite to win the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. And TSN agrees, too. Eichel would become only the second player to follow a Hobey Baker Trophy win with the Calder. The first to do it was former Terrier All-American and NHL standout Chris Drury (Hobey ’98, Calder ’99).

Sahir Gill is opening eyes at the AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins training camp, where he scored a goal and an assist in a loss to Lehigh Valley. The Baby Pens new coach, former Terrier captain and longtime NHLer Mike Sullivan, noted:

“(Gill’s) got really good offensive instincts. I think he’s a guy that can make plays in tight areas. I was curious to see how he would handle the workload. Three games in three nights is a grind and it takes a certain level of mental toughness to find the energy to be effective out there. I thought (Sunday) was his strongest game.”

● Penguins Insider report

Women’s Team
   Photo by Falon Moran, Daily Free Press

Freshman Sammy Davis (photo) scored her second goal of the game to break a 2-2 tie with three minutes left in regulation, and BU went on to a 4-2 win against Maine at Alfond Arena. The Terriers, who improved to 2-0, also received goals from Friday’s hero, senior Rebecca Russo, and sophomore Rebecca Leslie.

The Black Bears opened the scoring late in the first period and added to the lead early in the second. Davis cut the margin in half, redirecting home a Sarah Steele shot and Russo made it 2-2 midway through the middle stanza on a deflection.

After Davis’ third goal of the season gave BU its first lead, Leslie scored into an empty Maine net for the final margin. Victoria Hanson, who relieved Erin O’Neil in goal early in the second period, picked up her second win and emerged from the weekend with a .971 GAA.
● recap and comprehensive box score

► With the two wins, BU moves up from #8 to #7 in the USCHO weekly poll.

Davis and Hanson saw their efforts rewarded with the Hockey East Rookie of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors. Russo, who scored the game-winner against UConn Friday in the final second of regulation, earned a spot on the Top Performers’ list.
● Hockey East Weekly release

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Forsbacka-Karlsson's 3rd period goals guide Terriers past Acadia--UPDATED

Photo by Justin Hawk/Daily Free Press

Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues have moved on to the pros, but the Terriers still know how to take charge in the third period, scoring twice in the final stanza to earn a 4-2 decision over Acadia University in an exhibition game at Agganis Arena. 

Both third-period goals came off the stick of freshman center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (photo). The Stockholm native converted a sweet goalmouth pass from sophomore AJ Greer at the five minute mark. Then, after being tripped on a breakaway after emerging from the penalty box, JFK calmly converted a penalty shot to produce the final margin.

BU had taken the early lead when senior assistant captain Danny O’Regan’s centering pass from behind the end line glanced off a defender’s skate and into the net. The Axmen responded two minutes later when a shot from the point deflected past Connor LaCouvee. They took a lead at the 15 minute mark when Zachary Franko got behind BU’s defense and beat LaCouvee high to the glove side. The Terriers knotted the score in the second period when freshman Bobo Carpenter raced up the left wing and slid a pass to freshman defenseman Shane Switzer, who had joined the rush and buried the shot.

Sean Maguire, making his return to the ice after sitting out last season due to a concussion, stopped all 15 shots he saw in the final 30 minutes of the game. He was tested several times as BU was forced to kill three penalties in the final ten minutes. LaCouvee made a dozen saves.

Discussing his penalty shot, Forsbacka-Karlsson said:

“I’ve done the move before but you never really know how the goalie’s going to react. I saw he was kind of out of position and I felt like it was the right move to go. It was nice to get it in.”

● recap and comprehensive box score
● Post-game comments: Coach David Quinn;  O’Regan & Forsbacka-Karlsson; Switzer
● Daily Free Press: recap and Feature on freshman contributions
● Boston Hockey Blog: Pluses & Minuses
USCHO recap
SB Nation:  recap and  BU rookies impress

Looking ahead
Speedy 2017 recruit Hank Crone scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway in Omaha’s 4-0 blanking of Des Moines.
USHL box score recap

2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk and 2018 recruit Logan Cockerill scored first-period goals for the NTDP U17s in a 6-3 win against Muskegon. Tkachuk, whose father, Keith Tkachuk, starred for BU’s 1991 Frozen Four squad, scored the game-winner.
USA Hockey recap

Looking back
Matt O'Connor stopped 33 shots for Ottawa in the Senators' 5-4 win against Montreal.
Ottawa Sun recap

Women’s Team
Terriers are on the road Sunday, facing the Maine Black Bears in a 1 p.m. start at Alfond Arena. Last season, BU took two out of three from Maine, splitting a pair in Orono and winning at Walter Brown Arena.
● preview, LiveStats, Video Webcast
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