Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Regional Week Linkorama

Yahoo! Sports Ryan Lambert, previewing the Northeastern Regional in Worcester, believes that the #4-seed Terriers are a threat to move on to St. Paul.

►Cornell Daily Sun game preview

►Hockey East NCAA Press Kit

BU’s senior class is the first to reach the NCAAs all four years since the Class of ’98.

BU is making its 36th NCAA Tournament appearance, which is third most behind Minnesota and Michigan, which is making its 37th appearance. Others: BC (35), North Dakota (32), Denver (28), Michigan State (27), Wisconsin (25) and Harvard (24).

Former Terrier All-American Colby Cohen will be joining play-by-play announcer Kevin Brown to provide analysis at the Midwest Regional in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Cohen earned Most Oustanding Player honors in the 2009 NCAAs, scoring in overtime (video) to complete BU’s DC Miracle comeback win.

Looking ahead
2020 recruit Luke Tuch was a key point producer in the Jr. Sabres 16U’s run to the New York state Amateur Hockey Association tournament championship. He scored a pair of goals in a 7-1 rout of the Buffalo Regals, produced the game-winning shootout goal against the PAL Jr. Islanders and had four assists in a 9-0 win against the Syracuse Stars. Tuch was recently invited to the 2018 NTDP Evaluation Camp in Plymouth, Michigan.

Looking back
ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski has put together an ultimate line-up, for 10 college teams including BU, of players who went on to standout NHL careers. For each of the ten, Chris Peters picked each school’s all-time greatest player, based on their collegiate career. His choice as top Terrier: Three-time All-American Chris Drury.
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With a pair of assists in Arizona’s 4-1 win against Buffalo, Clayton Keller set a Coyotes rookie scoring record with 55 points, as well as a rookie mark for assists (35). Keller also did a Q&A interview with The Sporting News about his rookie NHL season and his season as a Terrier.  Evan Rodrigues assisted on the Sabres’ goal, earning his sixth point in his past six games.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Terriers sweep Hockey East Weekly Awards, move up to #13 in poll--UPDATED

After winning its ninth Hockey East Championship on Saturday, BU swept the conference’s weekly awards. Tournament MVP Jake Oettinger took down both Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors, while freshman Shane Bowers (four assists) claimed the Rookie of the Week Award. The sophomore goalie posted a 1.84 GAA and .945 SV% in the tournament. 

Junior Jordan Greenway, with six points (2G, 4A) in the tournament and Chad Krys (G, 3A), who joined Oettinger on the All-Tournament Team, also were named to the Weekly Top Performers list.

BU moved up five spots in the USCHO Weekly Poll to #13. The Terriers’ opponent in the NCAA Regionals, Cornell, fell from #2 to #4 after dropping its ECAC semifinal to Princeton. The rest of the Northeast Regional draw is #8 Northeastern and #10 Michigan.  BU also is #13 on the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

►  BU Readies for Red Hot Rematch Against Cornell

BU made five consecutive NCAA appearances in the 1970s (’74-’78) and nine consecutive appearances in the 1990s (’90-’98).

►For the first time in 40 seasons, Minnesota, North Dakota and BC all failed to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. That streak began in 1978 when BU beat BC in the national championship game.

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Jake Wise was named USHL Forward of the Week. The 5’11” center from Reading, Massachusetts scored six points in a pair of NTDP U18 wins over Madison, including a natural hat trick in Friday’s 6-4 victory.  Wise has 24 points (7G, 17A) in 15 USHL games and 32 points (7G, 25A) in 27 USDP games.

In’s latest ranking for the QMJHL draft, 2020 BU recruit Josh Lawrence occupies the #1 ranking. The right-shot center from Fredricton, New Brunswick scored 83 points in his second season with Selects Academy.

The USHL Omaha Lancers issued a press release on the 2019 commitment to BU of their goalie, Vinnie Purpura. Lancers Head Coach David Wilkie said.  
 "Vinnie has done a great job for our team since arriving in Omaha,”  “He has done everything that we have asked of him on and off the ice and he is extremely deserving of the opportunity at Boston University that he has earned.”

McKeens' lead prospect offered this intriguing comment about the future Terrier netminder:

Looking back
Clayton Keller, who scored his 20th goal on Saturday and has eclipsed 50 points, talks about getting his “second wind” in his rookie season.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Terriers headed to Worcester for Northeast Regional; Goalie commits for 2019-20 UPDATED

The NCAA Selection Committee announced this year's Division 1 tournament brackets today and the #13-seed Terriers will head to the Northeast Regional in Worcester for a first-round meeting with #3-seed Cornell. The Big Red, who edged BU, 4-3, in Red Hot Hockey, lost to eventual ECAC champion Princeton, 4-1, in Friday's semifinal. Terriers and Cornell will play the early game next Saturday, with puck drop at 1 p.m.  Northeastern and Michigan are the other two teams in the Northeast Regional and will play later that afternoon.  

The Northeast Regional semifinals will air on ESPNews and Sunday's Regional final will air on ESPN2.

The third Hockey East team in the tournament, Providence, will meet Clarkson in the Eastern Regional in Bridgeport. report
USCHO. TV schedule

Terrier TakeAway from blog contributor defkit
- The first period went as I sort of feared the whole game would go. BU didn't look terrible, they just could generate the same offensive pressure off their forecheck. PC had a much better breakout than BU. While many of PC’s 18 shots came from the perimeter, Oettinger kept them in the game.

- Then BU slowly took over and was the better team for pretty much the rest of the game, save for a couple spells in the third period. BU didn't dominate the way it did against BC, but had better opportunities.

- After the first period, BU had a great breakout using the boards. I haven't seen them do that much all season, but it was very effective.

- Glad to see the 4th line get lots of shifts. I thought they held their own overall.

- Really happy for Oettinger. He definitely had his struggles earlier in the year. But he has been great down the stretch. Not too many goalies win the HE Title with a shutout, good for him. Normally calm and soft-spoken, he was fired up during the ceremony.

- The TV didn't catch Tkachuk's premature celebration. When the clock stopped with a couple seconds left, he didn't hear the whistle, so he flung his stick way up into the air and leaped onto the ice. A PC player calmly swatted his stick out of the air. On the telecast you can just see the stick come flying into the picture. It was pretty funny.

-Hockey East Champs! Who'd a thunk it?

Looking ahead  
BU has a commitment for 2019 from 6’4” Omaha Lancers goalie Vinnie Purpura. The Lemont, Illinois, native owns the USHL’s sixth best GAA (2.15) along with a .922 save percentage with an 11-3-1 record for the Lancers who are tied for first place in the Western Conference. Purpura began the season with the NAHL Johnstown Tomahawks, making 10 starts before before joining Omaha. Previously, he spent three seasons with the Chicago Fury U16 and U18 squads in the Tier 1 EHL.

Elite ProspectsPage
Omaha Lancers report

Looking back
After going from Kings' scout to BU Associate Head Coach to Rangers Director of Player Development to Sabres Assistant, what is next for Steve Greeley?

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